To support the different ways applications use dialog boxes, there are two types of dialog box: modal and modeless. A modal dialog box requires the user to supply information or cancel the dialog box before allowing the application to continue.

A modeless dialog box allows the user to supply information and return to the previous task without closing the dialog box.

To create either a modal or modeless dialog box, an application must supply a dialog box template to describe the dialog box style and content; the application must also supply a dialog box procedure to carry out tasks. The dialog box template is a binary description of the dialog box and the controls it contains. The developer can create this template as a resource to be loaded from the application’s executable file, or created in memory while the application runs. The dialog box procedure is an application-defined callback function that the system calls when it has input for the dialog box or tasks for the dialog box to carry out.

DialogBox creates a modal dialog box; CreateDialog creates a modeless dialog box.


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