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I'm creating an application that polls a server at set intervals for information.  The application starts minimized and then if there is information to display, the application shows it's main window always-on-top, not activated (so when it pops up it doesn't grab focus).  My problem is that when there isn't any more information to be shown, it minimizes itself.  When it minimizes, it grabs the focus from whatever window has it.  How can I programatically minimize my window without it taking focus?
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by:jkr
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How do you minimize the window?

PostMessage(hWnd,WM_SYSCOMMAND,SC_MINIMIZE,0);

should work...
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by:SampsonC
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jkr- the code snippet worked to minimize the window, but it took focus from the window that currently had it. I put your code snippet in place of the Me.WindowState = 1

Is there another way to minimize or a different way of displaying window?

Here is the code that was used.  It's in VB but I'm looking for the straight C-API of doing it.


Const Openflags = SWP_NOMOVE Or SWP_NOSIZE Or SWP_NOACTIVATE Or SWP_SHOWWINDOW

If (bMessage = True) Or (CallsWaiting > 0) Then
'keep window on top

        res = SetWindowPos(frmQueueWatcher.hwnd, HWND_TOPMOST, _

            0, 0, 0, 0, Openflags)

       

        Me.WindowState = 0

else

        'turn off processing that keeps widow on top

        Me.WindowState = 1

End If

 
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by:jkr
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Ahh, got it - the problem is that to 'minimize' a window, it has to be activated. The following workaround should do it:

HWND hActiveWnd = GetForegroundWindow (); // remember active wnd

PostMessage(hWnd,WM_SYSCOMMAND,SC_MINIMIZE,0);

SetForegroundWindow ( hActiveWnd); // bring focus back again

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by:SampsonC
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jkr-

That still doesn't work.  It successfully minimized the window, but doesn't return focus to the window that previously had it.
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