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# Getting the x/y of a msg box

Posted on 2000-04-11
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Say the browser was not maximized and you needed to click the stop button but didn't want to send "Esc" to the browser,  how could you find the height, x and y (of top left corner), width

is this possible?
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Question by:ThaSmartUno
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try this:

Private Declare Function GetWindowRect Lib "user32" (ByVal hWnd As Long, lpRect As RECT) As Long
Private Declare Function FindWindow Lib "user32" Alias "FindWindowA" (ByVal lpClassName As String, ByVal lpWindowName As String) As Long

Private Type RECT
Left As Long
Top As Long
Right As Long
Bottom As Long
End Type

Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim hWnd As Long
Dim retval As Long
Dim coord As RECT
hWnd = FindWindow(CLng(0), Text1.Text)
If hWnd = 0 Then MsgBox Text1.Text & " is not running"
retval = GetWindowRect(hWnd, coord)
List1.AddItem "x coordinate is " & coord.Left
List1.AddItem "y coordinate is " & coord.Right
List1.AddItem "Width is " & coord.Left - coord.Right
End Sub

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After you get the window's handle, you can call GetWindowRect to retrieve the window's coordinates.

Dim lhWnd As Long
Dim rc as RECT

'Get the window with focus
lhWnd = GetForegroundWindow()
Call GetWindowRect(lhWnd, rc)
lTop = rc.Top
lLeft = rc.Left
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is text1.text supposed to be the exe name?
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No, it's the EXACT caption of the window.  e.g. "Visual Basic Question - Microsoft Internet Explorer"
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well then it doesn't work for me, everything it says is name is not running
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Erick ... using your way, would there be a way to get the 2nd focused window ... like the one under the program?
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Try changing the line to:

hWnd = FindWindow(vbNullString, Text1.Text)
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Or, if you are looking for the handle of IE (and it is the only IE window open) use:

hWnd = FindWindow("IEFrame", vbNullString)
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umm ... who should i give points to, cuz erick your change worked.
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Me Me Me
:)
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k sure ... eh
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hmmmmm...takin advantage of me not being home to check my mail i see =P
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AzraSound

Just curious as to which platform your code worked in.

hWnd = FindWindow(CLng(0), Text1.Text)
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i dont know...i wasnt on a computer with vb so i was doing it all from memory...i knew that when i used it before i set it to nothing or 0 or something, i just guessed wrong.  had i looked at the damn declaration for the api call i probably wouldnt have erred.
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