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I know how do display text using DrawText() and how to make fonts and such, but I want to know if there is a way to draw text to an hdc in memory then display that to the window later, say for double buffering in a game. THX, JAP

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Just make a memory dc large enough to hold the text, and use DrawText or ExTextOut to draw to the memory dc, then later on, to display that text, Blit the memory dc to the backbuffer before you flip it. On a side note, I use ExTextOut because it is a little faster, but it also doesn''t do wordwrap and some other things DrawText does.

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How do I make this memory dc large enough for text, would this work,

HDC hdcMem = CreateCompatibleDC(hdc);

or is there another way to make it, because nothing displays when I use the memory dc method. This is the current function I have,

void drawtext( HDC hdc, RECT* prc )
HDC hdcMem = CreateCompatibleDC(hdc);
FillRect(hdcMem, prc, (HBRUSH)GetStockObject(WHITE_BRUSH));
HDC hdc2;
long lfHeight;

hdc2 = GetDC(NULL);
lfHeight = -MulDiv(100, GetDeviceCaps(hdc2, LOGPIXELSY), 72);
ReleaseDC(NULL, hdc2);

hf = CreateFont(lfHeight, 0, 0, 0, FW_BOLD, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, "Times New Roman");

char szSize[] = "See Christmas";
HFONT hfOld = (HFONT)SelectObject(hdcMem, hf);

SetBkColor(hdcMem, RGB(255,255,255));
SetTextColor(hdcMem, RGB(255,0,0));
SetBkMode(hdcMem, TRANSPARENT);

DrawText(hdcMem, szSize, -1, prc, DT_SINGLELINE);

BitBlt(hdc, 0, 0, 100, 100, hdcMem, 0, 0, SRCCOPY);

SelectObject(hdcMem, hfOld);



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When you create a memory DC, if I recall correctly, the default bitmap is 1x1 and monochrome. You''ll need to create a bitmap of large enough size and bit depth and then select that into your memory DC before you draw to it.

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