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Destroying Frame Windows

The MFC framework manages window destruction as well as creation for those windows associated with framework documents and views. If you create additional windows, you are responsible for destroying them.

In the framework, when the user closes the frame window, the window's default OnClose handler calls DestroyWindow. The last member function called when the Windows window is destroyed is OnNcDestroy, which does some cleanup, calls the Default member function to perform Windows cleanup, and lastly calls the virtual member function PostNcDestroy. The CFrameWnd implementation of PostNcDestroy deletes the C++ window object. You should never use the C++ delete operator on a frame window. Use DestroyWindow instead.

When the main window closes, the application closes. If there are modified unsaved documents, the framework displays a message box to ask if the documents should be saved and ensures that the appropriate documents are saved if necessary.

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Using Frame Windows