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How to Hide a dialog on App startup

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I have an application that's main window is a dialog box.  It has a taskbar icon associated with it.  How do I hide the window at the start of the application?  I tried to call ShowWindow() in the Create, OnCreate, and InitDialog with no luck.  Also, I tried to set the m_nCmdShow of the dialog in the App Class with no luck.
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by:migel
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Hi! You can use SetWindowPos function with SWP_HIDEWINDOW.
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by:nil_dib
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Did you try ShowWindow(SW_HIDE) ?
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by:wyy_cq
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in the yourDlg::OnInitDialog
{
 ...
 ShowWindow(SW_HIDE);
 return FALSE;
}
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by:healer
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I tried calling the ShowWindow(SW_HIDE) in the OnInitDialog and then returning FALSE,  The dialog still shows up.
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joshual earned 50 total points
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You can only call ShowWindow(SW_HIDE) after the Dialog is created and not at OnInitDialog. I did it but setting a 10msec timer at OnInitDialog and call ShowWindow at OnTimer.

You might see the Dialog blink once. This can be overcome by moveing the dialog out of the screen.

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by:migel
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You Can create modeless dialog (do not forget turn off WS_VISIBLE style)
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by:wyy_cq
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set a timer in OnInitDialog...
{
  SetTimer(1,1,NULL);
  PostMessage(WM_SYSCOMMAND,SC_MINIMIZE ,0);//optional
..
}

defien timer handler
XXX::OnTimer(...)
{
  KillTimer(1);
  ShowWindow(SW_HIDE);
  ....
}
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by:dagangwang
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1. Create a window without "WS_VISIBLE" style;
2. In this window, create your dialog. This window is dialog's parent window;
    Thus, initial window is not visible, dialog is not visible also.
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