HWND for the desktop?

Posted on 2003-03-15
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Last Modified: 2013-11-20
Anyone know a way to retreive the desktops hwnd? I want to be able to draw a calendar in the bottom right corner. So I guess I really need a cdc for it, but I can just get that thru the hwnd.

I've been looking everywhere and I cant find any info on it. I found a program (Z-Matrix) which edits the desktop so I know its possible..

Any help would be MUCH appreciated.
Question by:DigitalQ
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MrNoName earned 75 total points
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Hi DigitalQ,

You can obtain a device context to the desktop like this:

CWindowDC dc (0);

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Thx, I honestly dont know why I didnt think of that.. I'm sure I've used CWindowsDC before..

I appreciate a quick response

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ID: 8144622
HWND GetDesktopWindow();


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Yes but it seems like any dc I try to make from that doesnt allow me to do anything. Maybe the background picture is always painted last? Anyway around that?

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ID: 8152417
>>Maybe the background picture is always painted last
Try with LockWindowUpdate().
Inside Charles Petzold book ( Window programming ) there 's a scramble example using desktop dc

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