How can I let .NET wrapper for Rebar decide the mouse cursor?


I'm making a Rebar wrapper for .NET. Here's how I've made my control.

public class Rebar : Control {

    public Rebar() : base() {
        //Control won't even work if I let UserPaint enabled
        SetStyle(ControlStyles.UserPaint, false);

    protected override CreateParams CreateParams {
        get {
            CreateParams cp = base.CreateParams;
            cp.ClassName = "ReBarWindow32"; //REBARCLASSNAME
            cp.ExStyle |= 0x00000080; //WS_EX_TOOLWINDOW
            //Windows Forms will control the position and size, not the native control
            cp.Style |= 0x00000004 | 0x00000008; //CCS_NORESIZE and CCS_NOPARENTALIGN
            return cp;


I tested my control by adding a REBARBANDINFO into the control and IT WORKED.

info.cbSize = Marshal.SizeOf(typeof(REBARBANDINFO));
info.fMask = RBBIM_TEXT; // 0x00000004
info.lpText = "example";
SendMessage(this.Handle, RB_INSERTBANDW, -1, ref myband);

I won't include the implementation of my p/invoke signatures because everything is fine there.

The problem starts here

The control doesn't work the way I've expected, the Rebar cursor isn't respected and Cursor property takes control over the cursor, it even overrides the resize cursor.


Expectation of Rebar wrapper


Reality of Rebar wrapper

Is that even possible? Yes, it is

Check out this example of a ListView. It IS possible to make a Control that respects its original cursor messages.

ListView example

How can I make my Rebar decide the mouse cursor instead of Cursor property?

Aditional: I've done my best to ask a good question. I double-checked the question to ensure it can be understood.

asked on Stack Overflow Feb 12, 2018 by CodigosTutoriales • edited Feb 16, 2018 by Reza Aghaei

1 Answer


Control class handles WM_SETCURSOR and has its own logic.

As an option you can override WndProc and let the DefWndProc handle WM_SETCURSOR:

const int WM_SETCURSOR = 0x0020;
protected override void WndProc(ref Message m)
    if (m.Msg == WM_SETCURSOR)
        base.DefWndProc(ref m);
        base.WndProc(ref m);
answered on Stack Overflow Feb 13, 2018 by Reza Aghaei • edited Feb 13, 2018 by Reza Aghaei

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