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Thanks for looking at my question:

Using vb6:

I have a sizeable form with no text attribute (no title bar) and have populated the taskbar button using SetWindowText to add text to my app's blank taskbar button, however, there is no icon and context menu when I right-click on the taskbar button.  My app also does not minimize when I click on the taskbar button.

So, my questions are:
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How do I add an icon to my taskbar button when I used SetWindowText to add text (I am not talking system tray).

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Is there a way to get the context menu back on right-click (Minimize|Restore|Close|etc..).

Thanks again.
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by:Richie_Simonetti
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Why do you use setwindowtext?
with me.caption ="wathever" should be enought (if you have been set showintaskbar property to true)
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by:bslavin
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I use setwindowtext because it is actually a shaped sizeable form and using a titlebar adds unnecessary space between the custom shaped form and the sizing placeholders when resizing it.  So caption will not work here as that would force the form to create a titlebar.
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There is no problem with caption property even if you don't have title bar in it.
Or are you using an api created form?
Did you try managing mousedown event of form to show a popup that resembles original one?
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by:bslavin
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API's shape the form, yes.  The popup I am trying to get back is on the taskbar.  When you setwindowtext, apparently, the context menu goes bye bye.
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by:Richie_Simonetti
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Well, we have not understanding each other. I did try what i was saying, the only thing that i didn¡t try was popup menu stuff.
I will check it out...
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by:bslavin
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Here is how to reproduce my problem:

Create a new form in VB6.  Delete caption and set controlbox = false.  This will produce a sizeable form with no titlebar when you run it.  However, the taskbar button is blank.  Adding a caption will populate the taskbar, but will create a titlebar, which is what I do not want.

Now I just found out the I cannot right click on the taskbar at this point either, so that aspect of my question is now gone.

But, when I delete caption and setwindowtext to populate the taskbar button, I don't have an icon.  So I still have the problem with an icon showing up in my taskbar.

Hope this helps understand my dilema.

Thanks for your help.
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by:bslavin
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That was it, Richie!  

Huge help and the code was easy to follow.  I did not have to use setwindowtext after all to achieve the results I was looking for.

I have my titlebar removed, my icon shows up in the taskbar with caption and I got my context menu.

Thanks for the help!
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Thanks again.
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You are welcome. I just did a clean up of my papers and that code did jump direct to my face!
Thanks for "A" grade.
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