A form always (ON TOP)

Posted on 2003-03-21
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Last Modified: 2010-05-01
I want to have a form always (ON TOP) and I don't want to use vbModal.
Question by:ADawn
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ID: 8180936
Private Declare Function SetWindowPos Lib "user32" (ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal hWndInsertAfter As Long, ByVal x As Long, ByVal y As Long, ByVal cx As Long, ByVal cy As Long, ByVal wFlags As Long) As Long
Private Const HWND_TOPMOST = -1
Private Const SWP_SHOWWINDOW = &H40
Private Const SWP_NOMOVE = &H2
Private Const SWP_NOSIZE = &H1

Private Sub ShowWindowTopMost(Obj As Form)
    Call SetWindowPos(hWnd, HWND_TOPMOST, 0, 0, 100, 100, SWP_SHOWWINDOW Or SWP_NOMOVE Or SWP_NOSIZE)
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Load()
    Call ShowWindowTopMost(Me)
End Sub

You can also show any form using this function without using form1.show else you can use on form which is already shown to make it top most

This is exactly what you asked. :)

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Fuisseran earned 80 total points
ID: 8181081
This is what I use in a general .bas file i tend to attch to most of my projects

Declare Function SetWindowPos Lib "user32" (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal hWndInsertAfter As Long, ByVal X As Long, ByVal Y As Long, ByVal cx As Long, ByVal cy As Long, ByVal wFlags As Long) As Long

Public Sub AlwaysOntop(MyForm As Form, value As Boolean)
 If value Then
  SetWindowPos MyForm.hwnd, -1, 0, 0, 0, 0, &H1 Or &H2
  SetWindowPos MyForm.hwnd, -2, 0, 0, 0, 0, &H1 Or &H2
 End If
End Sub

You can then use the function at anytime to put any form ontop or not like this

AlwaysOntop frmMain, True ' makes the frmMain form always on top

AlwaysOntop frmmain, False ' makes the frmmain act as a normal window again
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Expert Comment

ID: 8181111
For that code to works, you should full test it with a compiled version of your program.
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Expert Comment

by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 8181628
YourForm.Show vbModeless, MainForm

The API suggestion above will put the form in top of ALL applications, vbModeless only in from of the form MainForm


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Hi ADawn,
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