TimoSoft RichTextBox  1.0.0.203
RichTextBox Documentation

Introduction

RichTextBox is an ActiveX control that wraps the RichEdit50W window class. It is optimized for Visual Basic 6.0, but should also work in any other environment that supports COM controls.

Basics

The control superclasses the native rich text box window class of Windows: RichEdit50W. Although I tried to wrap all features of this window class (status: Windows 10), some things may be missing. In these cases you usually may use the Win32 API and handle the control as a native rich text box window. One of my goals was it to create a rich text box control that may be controlled via API as well as via the classes that I implemented.

Requirements

RichTextBox Unicode runs on the following operating systems:

• Windows XP (SP3 or later)
• Windows Server 2003 (SP2 or later)
• Windows Vista (SP2 or later)
• Windows Server 2008 (SP2 or later)
• Windows 7 (SP1 or later)
• Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1 or later)
• Windows 8
• Windows Server 2012
• Windows 8.1
• Windows Server 2012 R2
• Windows 10
• Windows Server 2016
• Windows Server 2019
• Systems supported by Wine (Wine is a Win32 subsystem for alternative operating systems) - limited support
• ReactOS (a free Windows XP clone) - limited support

Some features have additional requirements which are mentioned in the affected feature's documentation.
Limited support means, that I won't invest much work to support those systems. If a feature works on a system tagged with "limited support" - fine; if it does not and it's easy to fix, I'll fix it, but if it's difficult to fix, I probably won't fix it. Also I will test the control much less on those systems.

Support

There's no entitlement to support. Period. However, you have good chances to get help if you post your questions on GitHub or in the forums.
Also the project is open source, so feel free to have a look at the source code. You may modify it, but please consider sharing your changes with the rest of the world.

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Acknowledgements

Thanks go to:

• Wine Headquarters, because Wine helped me a lot on understanding how Windows is working.
• Microsoft, for ATL, WTL and Visual Studio - great libraries and a great IDE
• Geoff Chappell, for his website about undocumented Win32 API stuff.
• Igor Tandetnik, for his great help on learning ATL and WTL
• Dimitri van Heesch, for Doxygen
• Nikos Bozinis, for his awesome help with the Vista drag'n'drop stuff.
• Christian Lütgens, for his great work as beta-tester and for his help when I needed a 2nd opinion on some decisions.
• All donators
• For great music: Heaven Shall Burn, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Trivium, Deadlock, Draconian, Soulfly, Delain, Lacuna Coil, Ensiferum, Epica, Sirenia, Tristania, Nightwish, Battlelore, Amon Amarth, Volbeat, Guns N' Roses

FAQ

1. Why is event xyz not fired?
Firing an event is relative time-consuming, even if the event isn't handled by the application at all. Therefore I implemented a DisabledEvents property which can be used to deactivate certain events.
By default many events are deactivated.

2. Why so many properties don't seem to work?
Microsoft Office uses a text processor that has been heavily extended compared to the Windows Rich Text control. Both implementations share the same API, but great parts of this API are not implemented in the Windows Rich Text control. Even the Rich Text component of Microsoft Office supports only a few more parts of the API, because the Office text processor depends on more components than just this one.
However, in the past Microsoft did port some features of Microsoft Office to the Windows Rich Text control. Also it is nearly impossible to test which feature is available under which conditions. So I decided for the simple way and just implemented all features of the Rich Text API, knowing that some of them won't work with current systems, some will work with future systems only, and some of them will never work.
Some features that are known to NOT work on Windows 10:

• IRichTextFont::Animation
• IRichTextFont::Emboss
• IRichTextFont::Engrave
• IRichTextFont::Outline