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I have opened up an application within an MDI Form.  That works fine.  However, I am attempting to place a MDI Child Form on top of that application.  It will act as a menu for that application.  Is it possible to have this "menu" stay on top of this application within the MDI Form?  Right now, my "menu" always remains in back of the application within the MDI Form.
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by:schild
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It is imposible, because MDI child will be always stay within MDI form border.
If you want this menu stay, you have one of the two option:
1. set the application menu the same as MDI child, and Show/Hide it while the MDI child is shown/hide
2. You can change the menu in runtime if you handle the menu items as an array at first place, which means you set a menu item's index to 0.

Good Luck
Schild
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by:NeedAnswer
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I understand that an MDI Child remains within the border of it's MDI Form.  But isn't it possible to force one MDI Child to remain on top of the other forms or applications that reside within the MDI parent Form.  I don't want it to remain on top of the MDI Form, just the other MDI Childs.
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by:schild
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yes it is:

Public Const SWP_SHOWWINDOW = &H40
Public Const HWND_TOPMOST = -1
Public Const SWP_NOMOVE = 2
Global Const SWP_NOSIZE = 1
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

Usage is:

SetWindowPos(MdiChildForm1.hwnd, HWND_TOPMOST, 0, 0, 0, 0, SWP_NOMOVE Or SWP_NOSIZE Or SWP_SHOWWINDOW)

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by:NeedAnswer
ID: 1440635
This works for regular forms, but it does not seem to work for MDI Child forms.  I think that there is something small that I am missing.  I have done work like this for regular forms, but no MDI Child Forms.
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timpeters earned 50 total points
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It is possible that the reason it wont stay on top of your app isbecause it is an app and not a form.  Try using the API Function SetParent where you place another form to be the parent of your app.  Then add this form to the MDI form and place your menu on top of that.  That should solve your problem.


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by:NeedAnswer
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Thanks, that took care of it.
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