Modal Dialog with Modeless 'Floating' Child Forms

Posted on 1998-11-24
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
I have to create a modal application form.  I would like this modal form to have 'floating' toolpads, each having titlebars that are the same color as the active modal main application form.  I know how to reparent these forms so that they stay on top of main app, and are minimized/destroyed when the main app is minimized destroyed.

How do I allow input to be received from these modeless toolpads without changing the modal nature of the main application window (this is important as this main applcation is part of an Active X DLL, which has to halt execution of any client applications that call it).

Finally, how do I set the grey titlebar colors of the modeless forms to match that of the modal main app form?

I think the answers to these questions relate to windows API calls, which I know very little about.  Code examples are greatly appreciated.

Thanks very much.
Question by:danG
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Expert Comment

ID: 1446637

I had a simular problem and resolved it by setting the focus to the form on every
loss of focus event inside the form.

So, on the form.deactivate and lostfocus I give the form focus.

You could also use a timer for this...
but I prefer the other way.

Good Luck

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ID: 1446638
Thanks for your answer, I can see its usefulness, but I would like to open the question up for the possibility of receiving an API related solution.

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ID: 1446640

People never want the fastest answer,
just the more complicated it looks... the better it is.

You could use the SetFocus API call, however,
Place a timer and test which preforms better. (Speed)

The simple setfocus of VB does the job better.

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ID: 1446641
Give them the toolbox window style. In vb, it's a border setting I think
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