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Calling Sendmessage from MFC extension dll

Posted on 2001-07-19
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Last Modified: 2013-11-20
Hi everybody.
I'm having some problems with my MFC extension dll.
I want to call SendMessage from it, so that the exe file (dialog base MFC) can handle the message send by the dll.
How do I send a message from the dll?
I haven't got a window.
I tried to send the CWnd pointer from AfxGetMainWnd() to the dll (I have an AFX_EXT_CLASS defined), but in the dll I receive an empty pointer (I can send an integer to the dll).
Does this have something to do with memory allocation?
I hope somebody can help me with this.
Thanks in advance.
Greetz joEp mEloEn
Question by:joEpmEloEn
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Expert Comment

ID: 6297413
you can or find needed window or get current active window by GetActiveWindow();
Also you can pass window handle to the DLL through DLL function calling:
for example:
SetDLLNotifyReciever(HWND hwnd)
and after that use passed handle to send message to that window

Author Comment

ID: 6297490
Could you be more specific please.
Could you give me a little sample maybe?
Thanks for the reply.
Greetz joEp mEloEn
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Expert Comment

ID: 6297505
What sample???
calling SendMessage API???
or caling DLL function???

make this
// declare it as dllexport /dllimport
//exportable function;

// in the DLL module declare static variable:
static HWND g_hwndReciever = NULL;

void SetDLLNotifyReciever(HWND hwnd)
g_hwndReciever = hwnd;

// in the place where you want send message:
::SendMessage(g_hwndReciever, WM_MY_MESSAGE, 0, 0);
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Author Comment

ID: 6297535
I can call GetActiveWindow() from my exe file, but that returns an CWnd*. What do I have to use???
Greetz joEp mEloEn

Author Comment

ID: 6297544
And by the way, I can't declare the static variable in my dll. I get this error:
error C2252: 'g_hwndReciever' : pure specifier can only be specified for functions
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Accepted Solution

migel earned 800 total points
ID: 6297576
You declare it in the header???
also why you call GetActiveWindow from EXE???
you can simple call

in the your dialog WM_INITDIALOG handler.

Author Comment

ID: 6297603
Thanks, I just wasn't paying very much atention.
Thanks for you answer.
Greetz joEp mEloEn

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