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How in vb6 do i create hot spots on the screen that can trigger my app?  What I mean is this say My app is running in the system tray and nothing is on the screen  if I move my mouse to one of the corners of the screen I want to activate my app and maximize it.  Ive seen this done with screensaves and a toolbar once.
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Try this:

Option Explicit
Const ZONE = 2 '2 pixel zone
Private Type POINTAPI
    x As Long
    y As Long
End Type
Private Declare Function GetCursorPos Lib "user32" _
    (lpPoint As POINTAPI) As Long
   
Private sx As Long, sy As Long
Dim pt As POINTAPI

Private Sub Command1_Click()
    Hide
    Timer1.Enabled = True
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Load()
    Timer1.Interval = 2000 '2 secs.
    Timer1.Enabled = False
    Command1.Caption = "Hide Me"
    'Get the screen size
    sx = Screen.Width / Screen.TwipsPerPixelX
    sy = Screen.Height / Screen.TwipsPerPixelY
End Sub

Private Sub Timer1_Timer()
    Call GetCursorPos(pt)
   
    'Test for lower right corner
    'If (pt.x > sx - ZONE) And (pt.y > sy - ZONE) Then
   
    'Test for upper left corner
    If (pt.x < ZONE) And (pt.y < ZONE) Then
        Show
        Timer1.Enabled = False
    End If
End Sub
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by:roverm
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Erick37 is correct, but to hide your app in the system tray you have to use the Shell_NotifyIcon API:

Public Declare Function Shell_NotifyIcon Lib "shell32.dll" Alias " Shell_NotifyIconA" (ByVal dwMessage As Long, lpData As NOTIFYICONDATA) As Long

D'Mzzl!
RoverM
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by:ocsscott
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ok a question or 2 about this method.

1) since it uses a times and checks every 2 seconds or so does this use a lots of cpu?  My app is for a menu system and will be hidden in the system tray most of the time.

2) since my app will be minimized to the system tray do i need to do anything to keep it active or is a program in the system tray always active and recieving events and timer events?  thanks for the code I'll put it in and test it today and let you know.  thanks
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by:Erick37
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1) The CPU overhead is minimal, as the code only executes at the Timer event.  There would be a significant performance hit if you used a mouse hook scheme, and this would be hard to implement in VB.

2)  Yes, the code will still run as long as the form with the timer is loaded in memory.  The system tray icon will be used only to hide or show the application.
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by:ocsscott
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Great thanks for the help and info.

Scott
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