How I can make a ONTOP window?

Posted on 1998-06-26
Last Modified: 2010-05-03
I need to create an application and it must be set as ONTOP window. The ICQ is a good example for this.
Question by:chuckwicked
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I originally stole this code from Microsoft. Check out the KB article clifABB cited as well. Note that this does not work if you run from the VB environment, you will have to compile an EXE and run it.
Put this in a module:
'---------- start of module code.
Option Explicit
Public Const SWP_NOMOVE = 2
Public Const SWP_NOSIZE = 1
Public Const HWND_TOPMOST = -1
Public Const HWND_NOTOPMOST = -2

Declare Function SetWindowPos Lib "user32" _
    (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal hWndInsertAfter As Long, _
     ByVal x As Long, ByVal y As Long, _
     ByVal cx As Long, ByVal cy As Long, _
     ByVal wFlags As Long) As Long

Public Function SetTopMostWindow(hwnd As Long, Topmost As Boolean) _
   As Long

   If Topmost = True Then 'Make the window topmost
      SetTopMostWindow = SetWindowPos(hwnd, HWND_TOPMOST, 0, 0, 0, _
         0, FLAGS)
      SetTopMostWindow = SetWindowPos(hwnd, HWND_NOTOPMOST, 0, 0, _
         0, 0, FLAGS)
      SetTopMostWindow = False
   End If
End Function
'--------- End of module code

To set a window to always on top:
    Dim lR As Long
    lR = SetTopMostWindow(Form1.hwnd, True)

To remove always on top:
    Dim lR As Long
    lR = SetTopMostWindow(Form1.hwnd, False)


Expert Comment

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Why did you reject my answer?  What tomook did was cut and paste from the article I answered with.

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