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Running an Application Within a Window in Another Application

OK this might sounds like a bit of a strange one but here goes, we've got an Off the shelf CRM package here and we've been designing tools with communicate with it to do various things (Using DDE and other stuff) Basically we're trying to design something along the lines of a desktop/shortcut bar for it. What I'm thinking (Not sure exactly how) but it would be nice to have our Desktop/Tool Suite running with the CRM package running within a window inside it, is this possible? Any thoughts???


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wolfjjj
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TimCotteeCommented:
If you could get the hWnd of the window that it is running on then you could use SetParent api call to make it appear to be contained within a VB MDI form or a picture box even. The only problem would be handling the movement of that window within your container. You would probably have to trap the window messages and either discard them so that it cannot be moved or create scrollbars as necessary.

Certainly SetParent would work to place the window in an appropriate container such as a picture box on the form.
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wolfjjjAuthor Commented:
Sounds pretty good as our application can be started first and have it actually start up the CRM software. I havn't used the SetParent API but assume it's pretty straightforward but how do I go about trapping the window messages and discarding them?

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wolfjjjAuthor Commented:
Sounds pretty good as our application can be started first and have it actually start up the CRM software. I havn't used the SetParent API but assume it's pretty straightforward but how do I go about trapping the window messages and discarding them?

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mschechCommented:
SetWindowsHookEx with the WH_CBT parameter
will allow you to trap resizing type message sent to a window.
You'll have to look at each message and if it's one that
would move/resize the window, just don't pass it on.

Look up SetWindowsHookEx and CBTProc

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glass_cookieCommented:
Hi!

Not very sure if this is what you're looking for, but here it is:

Download...
http://www.vb-helper.com/HowTo/startinm.zip
Description: Start a program inside another program's MDI form (3K)


Download...
http://www.vb-helper.com/HowTo/startin.zip
Description: Start a program inside another (3K)

That's it!

glass cookie : )
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SpideyModCommented:
per recommendation

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TimCottee points added to:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Visual_Basic/Q_20463697.html
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