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Displaying a MessageBox 'On Top'

Posted on 2002-05-09
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I am using Borland C++ Builder 4.0

Could someone please show me a code example that will make a MessageBox display on top of all other applications that may be running?

(ie.  My program will be running in the background while an on-line game runs in the foreground in Windows, though it does not directly interact with the game.  I want to give the user an option in the menu to have a messagebox appear on top of running applications when a timer runs out.  So far all I can get is the messagebox to appear behind other applications, though in front of my program.)

Thanks.
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Question by:LordDamein
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by:jkr
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MessageBox ( GetForegroundWindow(), "On Top", "Title", MB_OK | MB_ICONINFORMATION);

should do it - if not, add MB_SYSTEMMODAL to the flags, though I would not recommend using that too often...
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pagladasu earned 100 total points
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Try:
 MessageBoxEx(NULL,"Hello","Message",MB_OK|MB_TOPMOST, NULL);

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by:DanRollins
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If you are talking about an online game such as QUAKE Deathmatch or HALFLIFE, you need to realize that they use DirectX.  In fullscreen mode, you will not be able to popup a messagebox in front of such screens.

-- Dan
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by:LordDamein
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The game is Ultima Online.  Popups will work fine with it.  Actually, my program works as is, but I would like to add the 'on top' option.  I am testing out the MB_TOPMOST right now and it works sort of.  (I already tried the MB_SYSTEMMODAL and that didn't.  Also, the GetForegroundWindow() brings up errors.  :(
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by:LordDamein
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The MB_TOPMOST seems to be the only thing that works for me and does what I need.  I tried all of the other suggestions without success.
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