Solved

How do I control other apps with my app?

Posted on 1998-09-16
1
153 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-30
I am writing an app for a disabled friend. The app displays a form with four buttons. These buttons are meant to act like pressing the arrow keys on the keyboard. The idea being that my friend can use the mouse to click the buttons instead of having to press the arrows on the keybaord.

The problem I have is how do I allow my app to control another app. My app would have to stay active while other apps are running.

I'm using VB5 and I do not know if this is even possible.

Any help would be great. thanks.

 
0
Comment
Question by:coles01
1 Comment
 
LVL 9

Accepted Solution

by:
Dalin earned 100 total points
ID: 1435195
coles01,
This will keep your app stay active:
1. In the general declaration area of your form (form1), add:
              Private Declare Function GetForegroundWindow Lib "user32" () As Long

2. drop a timer to your form, set the interval to 50 (you can adjust this).

3. in the timer1_timer event, add:

     If GetForegroundWindow()<>me.hwnd then  me.show

 This will grap the focus back every 50 milliseconds

Let me know if you have questions
Regards
Dalin
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Introduction In a recent article (http://www.experts-exchange.com/A_7811-A-Better-Concatenate-Function.html) for the Excel community, I showed an improved version of the Excel Concatenate() function.  While writing that article I realized that no o…
The debugging module of the VB 6 IDE can be accessed by way of the Debug menu item. That menu item can normally be found in the IDE's main menu line as shown in this picture.   There is also a companion Debug Toolbar that looks like the followin…
Get people started with the process of using Access VBA to control Outlook using automation, Microsoft Access can control other applications. An example is the ability to programmatically talk to Microsoft Outlook. Using automation, an Access applic…
This lesson covers basic error handling code in Microsoft Excel using VBA. This is the first lesson in a 3-part series that uses code to loop through an Excel spreadsheet in VBA and then fix errors, taking advantage of error handling code. This l…

867 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

13 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now