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Hi all
I have read some Delphi code which include a form in dll file and you can do anything just like a nomal form. I like this verry much and I want to do such the same in Visual C. Can anyone show me how to do or where to get documents
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You can use createwindow (smaller than a form too) the following is from apiguide, and tells how to use createwindowex and has a example at the bottom, though its not the easiest api.


The CreateWindowEx function creates an overlapped, pop-up, or child window with an extended style; otherwise, this function is identical to the CreateWindow function.


Declare Function CreateWindowEx Lib "user32" Alias "CreateWindowExA" (ByVal dwExStyle As Long, ByVal lpClassName As String, ByVal lpWindowName As String, ByVal dwStyle As Long, ByVal x As Long, ByVal y As Long, ByVal nWidth As Long, ByVal nHeight As Long, ByVal hWndParent As Long, ByVal hMenu As Long, ByVal hInstance As Long, lpParam As Any) As Long



7 dwExStyle
Specifies the extended style of the window. This parameter can be one of the following values:
WS_EX_ACCEPTFILES
 Specifies that a window created with this style accepts drag-drop files.
WS_EX_APPWINDOW
 Forces a top-level window onto the taskbar when the window is minimized.
WS_EX_CLIENTEDGE
 Specifies that a window has a border with a sunken edge.
WS_EX_CONTEXTHELP
 Includes a question mark in the title bar of the window. When the user clicks the question mark, the cursor changes to a question mark with a pointer. If the user then clicks a child window, the child receives a WM_HELP message. The child window should pass the message to the parent window procedure, which should call the WinHelp function using the HELP_WM_HELP command. The Help application displays a pop-up window that typically contains help for the child window.
WS_EX_CONTEXTHELP cannot be used with the WS_MAXIMIZEBOX or WS_MINIMIZEBOX styles.
WS_EX_CONTROLPARENT
 Allows the user to navigate among the child windows of the window by using the TAB key.
WS_EX_DLGMODALFRAME
 Creates a window that has a double border; the window can, optionally, be created with a title bar by specifying the WS_CAPTION style in the dwStyle parameter.
WS_EX_LEFT
 Window has generic ?left-aligned? properties. This is the default.
WS_EX_LEFTSCROLLBAR
 If the shell language is Hebrew, Arabic, or another language that supports reading order alignment, the vertical scroll bar (if present) is to the left of the client area. For other languages, the style is ignored and not treated as an error.
WS_EX_LTRREADING
 The window text is displayed using Left to Right reading-order properties. This is the default.
WS_EX_MDICHILD
 Creates an MDI child window.
WS_EX_NOPARENTNOTIFY
 Specifies that a child window created with this style does not send the WM_PARENTNOTIFY message to its parent window when it is created or destroyed.
WS_EX_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW
 Combines the WS_EX_CLIENTEDGE and WS_EX_WINDOWEDGE styles.
WS_EX_PALETTEWINDOW
 Combines the WS_EX_WINDOWEDGE, WS_EX_TOOLWINDOW, and WS_EX_TOPMOST styles.
WS_EX_RIGHT
 Window has generic ?right-aligned? properties. This depends on the window class. This style has an effect only if the shell language is Hebrew, Arabic, or another language that supports reading order alignment; otherwise, the style is ignored and not treated as an error.
WS_EX_RIGHTSCROLLBAR
 Vertical scroll bar (if present) is to the right of the client area. This is the default.
WS_EX_RTLREADING
 If the shell language is Hebrew, Arabic, or another language that supports reading order alignment, the window text is displayed using Right to Left reading-order properties. For other languages, the style is ignored and not treated as an error.
WS_EX_STATICEDGE
 Creates a window with a three-dimensional border style intended to be used for items that do not accept user input.
WS_EX_TOOLWINDOW
 Creates a tool window; that is, a window intended to be used as a floating toolbar. A tool window has a title bar that is shorter than a normal title bar, and the window title is drawn using a smaller font. A tool window does not appear in the taskbar or in the dialog that appears when the user presses ALT+TAB. If a tool window has a system menu, its icon is not displayed on the title bar. However, you can display the system menu by right-clicking or by typing ALT+SPACE.
WS_EX_TOPMOST
 Specifies that a window created with this style should be placed above all non-topmost windows and should stay above them, even when the window is deactivated. To add or remove this style, use the SetWindowPos function.
WS_EX_TRANSPARENT
 Specifies that a window created with this style is to be transparent. That is, any windows that are beneath the window are not obscured by the window. A window created with this style receives WM_PAINT messages only after all sibling windows beneath it have been updated.
WS_EX_WINDOWEDGE
 Specifies that a window has a border with a raised edge.

Using the WS_EX_RIGHT style for static or edit controls has the same effect as using the SS_RIGHT or ES_RIGHT style, respectively. Using this style with button controls has the same effect as using BS_RIGHT and BS_RIGHTBUTTON styles.

7 lpClassName
Points to a null-terminated string or is an integer atom. If lpClassName is an atom, it must be a global atom created by a previous call to GlobalAddAtom. The atom, a 16-bit value less than 0xC000, must be in the low-order word of lpClassName; the high-order word must be zero.
If lpClassName is a string, it specifies the window class name. The class name can be any name registered with the RegisterClass function or any of the predefined control-class names.

7 lpWindowName
Points to a null-terminated string that specifies the window name.

7 dwStyle
Specifies the style of the window being created.
The following window styles can be specified in the dwStyle parameter:
WS_BORDER
 Creates a window that has a thin-line border.
WS_CAPTION
 Creates a window that has a title bar (includes the WS_BORDER style).
WS_CHILD
 Creates a child window. This style cannot be used with the WS_POPUP style.
WS_CHILDWINDOW
 Same as the WS_CHILD style.
WS_CLIPCHILDREN
 Excludes the area occupied by child windows when drawing occurs within the parent window. This style is used when creating the parent window.
WS_CLIPSIBLINGS
 Clips child windows relative to each other; that is, when a particular child window receives a WM_PAINT message, the WS_CLIPSIBLINGS style clips all other overlapping child windows out of the region of the child window to be updated. If WS_CLIPSIBLINGS is not specified and child windows overlap, it is possible, when drawing within the client area of a child window, to draw within the client area of a neighboring child window.
WS_DISABLED
 Creates a window that is initially disabled. A disabled window cannot receive input from the user.
WS_DLGFRAME
 Creates a window that has a border of a style typically used with dialog boxes. A window with this style cannot have a title bar.
WS_GROUP
 Specifies the first control of a group of controls. The group consists of this first control and all controls defined after it, up to the next control with the WS_GROUP style. The first control in each group usually has the WS_TABSTOP style so that the user can move from group to group. The user can subsequently change the keyboard focus from one control in the group to the next control in the group by using the direction keys.
WS_HSCROLL
 Creates a window that has a horizontal scroll bar.
WS_ICONIC
 Creates a window that is initially minimized. Same as the WS_MINIMIZE style.
WS_MAXIMIZE
 Creates a window that is initially maximized.
WS_MAXIMIZEBOX
 Creates a window that has a Maximize button. Cannot be combined with the WS_EX_CONTEXTHELP style. The WS_SYSMENU style must also be specified.
WS_MINIMIZE
 Creates a window that is initially minimized. Same as the WS_ICONIC style.
WS_MINIMIZEBOX
 Creates a window that has a Minimize button. Cannot be combined with the WS_EX_CONTEXTHELP style. The WS_SYSMENU style must also be specified.
WS_OVERLAPPED
 Creates an overlapped window. An overlapped window has a title bar and a border. Same as the WS_TILED style.
WS_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW
 Creates an overlapped window with the WS_OVERLAPPED, WS_CAPTION, WS_SYSMENU, WS_THICKFRAME, WS_MINIMIZEBOX, and WS_MAXIMIZEBOX styles. Same as the WS_TILEDWINDOW style.
WS_POPUP
 Creates a pop-up window. This style cannot be used with the WS_CHILD style.
WS_POPUPWINDOW
 Creates a pop-up window with WS_BORDER, WS_POPUP, and WS_SYSMENU styles. The WS_CAPTION and WS_POPUPWINDOW styles must be combined to make the window menu visible.
WS_SIZEBOX
 Creates a window that has a sizing border. Same as the WS_THICKFRAME style.
WS_SYSMENU
 Creates a window that has a window-menu on its title bar. The WS_CAPTION style must also be specified.
WS_TABSTOP
 Specifies a control that can receive the keyboard focus when the user presses the TAB key. Pressing the TAB key changes the keyboard focus to the next control with the WS_TABSTOP style.
WS_THICKFRAME
 Creates a window that has a sizing border. Same as the WS_SIZEBOX style.
WS_TILED
 Creates an overlapped window. An overlapped window has a title bar and a border. Same as the WS_OVERLAPPED style.
WS_TILEDWINDOW
 Creates an overlapped window with the WS_OVERLAPPED, WS_CAPTION, WS_SYSMENU, WS_THICKFRAME, WS_MINIMIZEBOX, and WS_MAXIMIZEBOX styles. Same as the WS_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW style.
WS_VISIBLE
 Creates a window that is initially visible.
WS_VSCROLL
 Creates a window that has a vertical scroll bar.

The following button styles (in the BUTTON class) can be specified in the dwStyle parameter:
BS_3STATE
 Creates a button that is the same as a check box, except that the box can be grayed as well as checked or unchecked. Use the grayed state to show that the state of the check box is not determined.
BS_AUTO3STATE
 Creates a button that is the same as a three-state check box, except that the box changes its state when the user selects it. The state cycles through checked, grayed, and unchecked.
BS_AUTOCHECKBOX
 Creates a button that is the same as a check box, except that the check state automatically toggles between checked and unchecked each time the user selects the check box.
BS_AUTORADIOBUTTON
 Creates a button that is the same as a radio button, except that when the user selects it, Windows automatically sets the button?s check state to checked and automatically sets the check state for all other buttons in the same group to unchecked.
BS_CHECKBOX
 Creates a small, empty check box with text. By default, the text is displayed to the right of the check box. To display the text to the left of the check box, combine this flag with the BS_LEFTTEXT style (or with the equivalent BS_RIGHTBUTTON style).
BS_DEFPUSHBUTTON
 Creates a push button that behaves like a BS_PUSHBUTTON style button, but also has a heavy black border. If the button is in a dialog box, the user can select the button by pressing the ENTER key, even when the button does not have the input focus. This style is useful for enabling the user to quickly select the most likely (default) option.
BS_GROUPBOX
 Creates a rectangle in which other controls can be grouped. Any text associated with this style is displayed in the rectangle?s upper left corner.
BS_LEFTTEXT
 Places text on the left side of the radio button or check box when combined with a radio button or check box style. Same as the BS_RIGHTBUTTON style.
BS_OWNERDRAW
 Creates an owner-drawn button. The owner window receives a WM_MEASUREITEM message when the button is created and a WM_DRAWITEM message when a visual aspect of the button has changed. Do not combine the BS_OWNERDRAW style with any other button styles.
BS_PUSHBUTTON
 Creates a push button that posts a WM_COMMAND message to the owner window when the user selects the button.
BS_RADIOBUTTON
 Creates a small circle with text. By default, the text is displayed to the right of the circle. To display the text to the left of the circle, combine this flag with the BS_LEFTTEXT style (or with the equivalent BS_RIGHTBUTTON style). Use radio buttons for groups of related, but mutually exclusive choices.
BS_USERBUTTON
 Obsolete, but provided for compatibility with 16-bit versions of Windows. Win32-based applications should use BS_OWNERDRAW instead.
BS_BITMAP
 Specifies that the button displays a bitmap.
BS_BOTTOM
 Places text at the bottom of the button rectangle.
BS_CENTER
 Centers text horizontally in the button rectangle.
BS_ICON
 Specifies that the button displays an icon.
BS_LEFT
 Left-justifies the text in the button rectangle. However, if the button is a check box or radio button that does not have the BS_RIGHTBUTTON style, the text is left justified on the right side of the check box or radio button.
BS_MULTILINE
 Wraps the button text to multiple lines if the text string is too long to fit on a single line in the button rectangle.
BS_NOTIFY
 Enables a button to send BN_DBLCLK, BN_KILLFOCUS, and BN_SETFOCUS notification messages to its parent window. Note that buttons send the BN_CLICKED notification message regardless of whether it has this style.
BS_PUSHLIKE
 Makes a button (such as a check box, three-state check box, or radio button) look and act like a push button. The button looks raised when it isn?t pushed or checked, and sunken when it is pushed or checked.
BS_RIGHT
 Right-justifies text in the button rectangle. However, if the button is a check box or radio button that does not have the BS_RIGHTBUTTON style, the text is right justified on the right side of the check box or radio button.
BS_RIGHTBUTTON
 Positions a radio button?s circle or a check box?s square on the right side of the button rectangle. Same as the BS_LEFTTEXT style.
BS_TEXT
 Specifies that the button displays text.
BS_TOP
 Places text at the top of the button rectangle.
BS_VCENTER
 Places text in the middle (vertically) of the button rectangle.

The following combo box styles (in the COMBOBOX class) can be specified in the dwStyle parameter:
CBS_AUTOHSCROLL
 Automatically scrolls the text in an edit control to the right when the user types a character at the end of the line. If this style is not set, only text that fits within the rectangular boundary is allowed.
CBS_DISABLENOSCROLL
 Shows a disabled vertical scroll bar in the list box when the box does not contain enough items to scroll. Without this style, the scroll bar is hidden when the list box does not contain enough items.
CBS_DROPDOWN
 Similar to CBS_SIMPLE, except that the list box is not displayed unless the user selects an icon next to the edit control.
CBS_DROPDOWNLIST
 Similar to CBS_DROPDOWN, except that the edit control is replaced by a static text item that displays the current selection in the list box.
CBS_HASSTRINGS
 Specifies that an owner-drawn combo box contains items consisting of strings. The combo box maintains the memory and address for the strings, so the application can use the CB_GETLBTEXT message to retrieve the text for a particular item.
CBS_LOWERCASE
 Converts to lowercase any uppercase characters entered into the edit control of a combo box.
CBS_NOINTEGRALHEIGHT
 Specifies that the size of the combo box is exactly the size specified by the application when it created the combo box. Normally, Windows sizes a combo box so that it does not display partial items.
CBS_OEMCONVERT
 Converts text entered in the combo box edit control. The text is converted from the Windows character set to the OEM character set and then back to the Windows set. This ensures proper character conversion when the application calls the CharToOem function to convert a Windows string in the combo box to OEM characters. This style is most useful for combo boxes that contain filenames and applies only to combo boxes created with the CBS_SIMPLE or CBS_DROPDOWN style.
CBS_OWNERDRAWFIXED
 Specifies that the owner of the list box is responsible for drawing its contents and that the items in the list box are all the same height. The owner window receives a WM_MEASUREITEM message when the combo box is created and a WM_DRAWITEM message when a visual aspect of the combo box has changed.
CBS_OWNERDRAWVARIABLE
 Specifies that the owner of the list box is responsible for drawing its contents and that the items in the list box are variable in height. The owner window receives a WM_MEASUREITEM message for each item in the combo box when you create the combo box; the owner window receives a WM_DRAWITEM message when a visual aspect of the combo box has changed.
CBS_SIMPLE
 Displays the list box at all times. The current selection in the list box is displayed in the edit control.
CBS_SORT
 Automatically sorts strings entered into the list box.
CBS_UPPERCASE
 Converts to uppercase any lowercase characters entered into the edit control of a combo box.

The following edit control styles (in the EDIT class) can be specified in the dwStyle parameter:
ES_AUTOHSCROLL
 Automatically scrolls text to the right by 10 characters when the user types a character at the end of the line. When the user presses the ENTER key, the control scrolls all text back to position zero.
ES_AUTOVSCROLL
 Automatically scrolls text up one page when the user presses the ENTER key on the last line.
ES_CENTER
 Centers text in a multiline edit control.
ES_LEFT
 Left-aligns text.
ES_LOWERCASE
 Converts all characters to lowercase as they are typed into the edit control.
ES_MULTILINE
 Designates a multiline edit control. The default is single-line edit control.
 When the multiline edit control is in a dialog box, the default response to pressing the ENTER key is to activate the default button. To use the ENTER key as a carriage return, use the ES_WANTRETURN style.
 When the multiline edit control is not in a dialog box and the ES_AUTOVSCROLL style is specified, the edit control shows as many lines as possible and scrolls vertically when the user presses the ENTER key. If you do not specify ES_AUTOVSCROLL, the edit control shows as many lines as possible and beeps if the user presses the ENTER key when no more lines can be displayed.
 If you specify the ES_AUTOHSCROLL style, the multiline edit control automatically scrolls horizontally when the caret goes past the right edge of the control. To start a new line, the user must press the ENTER key. If you do not specify ES_AUTOHSCROLL, the control automatically wraps words to the beginning of the next line when necessary. A new line is also started if the user presses the ENTER key. The window size determines the position of the word wrap. If the window size changes, the word wrapping position changes and the text is redisplayed.
 Multiline edit controls can have scroll bars. An edit control with scroll bars processes its own scroll bar messages. Note that edit controls without scroll bars scroll as described in the previous paragraphs and process any scroll messages sent by the parent window.
ES_NOHIDESEL
 Negates the default behavior for an edit control. The default behavior hides the selection when the control loses the input focus and inverts the selection when the control receives the input focus. If you specify ES_NOHIDESEL, the selected text is inverted, even if the control does not have the focus.
ES_NUMBER
 Allows only digits to be entered into the edit control.
ES_OEMCONVERT
 Converts text entered in the edit control. The text is converted from the Windows character set to the OEM character set and then back to the Windows set. This ensures proper character conversion when the application calls the CharToOem function to convert a Windows string in the edit control to OEM characters. This style is most useful for edit controls that contain filenames.
ES_PASSWORD
 Displays an asterisk (*) for each character typed into the edit control. You can use the EM_SETPASSWORDCHAR message to change the character that is displayed.
ES_READONLY
 Prevents the user from typing or editing text in the edit control.
ES_RIGHT
 Right-aligns text in a multiline edit control.
ES_UPPERCASE
 Converts all characters to uppercase as they are typed into the edit control.
ES_WANTRETURN
 Specifies that a carriage return be inserted when the user presses the ENTER key while entering text into a multiline edit control in a dialog box. If you do not specify this style, pressing the ENTER key has the same effect as pressing the dialog box?s default push button. This style has no effect on a single-line edit control.

The following list box control styles (in the LISTBOX class) can be specified in the dwStyle parameter:
LBS_DISABLENOSCROLL
 Shows a disabled vertical scroll bar for the list box when the box does not contain enough items to scroll. If you do not specify this style, the scroll bar is hidden when the list box does not contain enough items.
LBS_EXTENDEDSEL
 Allows multiple items to be selected by using the SHIFT key and the mouse or special key combinations.
LBS_HASSTRINGS
 Specifies that a list box contains items consisting of strings. The list box maintains the memory and addresses for the strings so the application can use the LB_GETTEXT message to retrieve the text for a particular item. By default, all list boxes except owner-drawn list boxes have this style. You can create an owner-drawn list box either with or without this style.
LBS_MULTICOLUMN
 Specifies a multicolumn list box that is scrolled horizontally. The LB_SETCOLUMNWIDTH message sets the width of the columns.
LBS_MULTIPLESEL
 Turns string selection on or off each time the user clicks or double-clicks a string in the list box. The user can select any number of strings.
LBS_NODATA
 Specifies a no-data list box. Specify this style when the count of items in the list box will exceed one thousand. A no-data list box must also have the LBS_OWNERDRAWFIXED style, but must not have the LBS_SORT or LBS_HASSTRINGS style.
 A no-data list box resembles an owner-drawn list box except that it contains no string or bitmap data for an item. Commands to add, insert, or delete an item always ignore any given item data; requests to find a string within the list box always fail. Windows sends the WM_DRAWITEM message to the owner window when an item must be drawn. The itemID member of the DRAWITEMSTRUCT structure passed with the WM_DRAWITEM message specifies the line number of the item to be drawn. A no-data list box does not send a WM_DELETEITEM message.
LBS_NOINTEGRALHEIGHT
 Specifies that the size of the list box is exactly the size specified by the application when it created the list box. Normally, Windows sizes a list box so that the list box does not display partial items.
LBS_NOREDRAW
 Specifies that the list box?s appearance is not updated when changes are made. You can change this style at any time by sending a WM_SETREDRAW message.
LBS_NOSEL
 Specifies that the list box contains items that can be viewed but not selected.
LBS_NOTIFY
 Notifies the parent window with an input message whenever the user clicks or double-clicks a string in the list box.
LBS_OWNERDRAWFIXED
 Specifies that the owner of the list box is responsible for drawing its contents and that the items in the list box are the same height. The owner window receives a WM_MEASUREITEM message when the list box is created and a WM_DRAWITEM message when a visual aspect of the list box has changed.
LBS_OWNERDRAWVARIABLE
 Specifies that the owner of the list box is responsible for drawing its contents and that the items in the list box are variable in height. The owner window receives a WM_MEASUREITEM message for each item in the combo box when the combo box is created and a WM_DRAWITEM message when a visual aspect of the combo box has changed.
LBS_SORT
 Sorts strings in the list box alphabetically.
LBS_STANDARD
 Sorts strings in the list box alphabetically. The parent window receives an input message whenever the user clicks or double-clicks a string. The list box has borders on all sides.
LBS_USETABSTOPS
 Enables a list box to recognize and expand tab characters when drawing its strings. The default tab positions are 32 dialog box units. A dialog box unit is a horizontal or vertical distance. One horizontal dialog box unit is equal to one-fourth of the current dialog box base-width unit. Windows calculates these units based on the height and width of the current system font. The GetDialogBaseUnits function returns the current dialog box base units in pixels.
LBS_WANTKEYBOARDINPUT
 Specifies that the owner of the list box receives WM_VKEYTOITEM messages whenever the user presses a key and the list box has the input focus. This enables an application to perform special processing on the keyboard input.

The following scroll bar styles (in the SCROLLBAR class) can be specified in the dwStyle parameter:
SBS_BOTTOMALIGN
 Aligns the bottom edge of the scroll bar with the bottom edge of the rectangle defined by the parameters x, y, nWidth, and nHeight. The scroll bar has the default height for system scroll bars. Use this style with the SBS_HORZ style.
SBS_HORZ
 Designates a horizontal scroll bar. If neither the SBS_BOTTOMALIGN nor SBS_TOPALIGN style is specified, the scroll bar has the height, width, and position defined by x, y, nWidth, and nHeight.
SBS_LEFTALIGN
 Aligns the left edge of the scroll bar with the left edge of the rectangle defined by the parameters x, y, nWidth, and nHeight. The scroll bar has the default width for system scroll bars. Use this style with the SBS_VERT style.
SBS_RIGHTALIGN
 Aligns the right edge of the scroll bar with the right edge of the rectangle defined by the parameters x, y, nWidth, and nHeight. The scroll bar has the default width for system scroll bars. Use this style with the SBS_VERT style.
SBS_SIZEBOX
 Designates a size box. If you specify neither the SBS_SIZEBOXBOTTOMRIGHTALIGN nor the SBS_SIZEBOXTOPLEFTALIGN style, the size box has the height, width, and position specified by the parameters x, y, nWidth, and nHeight.
SBS_SIZEBOXBOTTOMRIGHTALIGN
 Aligns the lower-right corner of the size box with the lower-right corner of the rectangle specified by the parameters x, y, nWidth, and nHeight. The size box has the default size for system size boxes. Use this style with the SBS_SIZEBOX style.
SBS_SIZEBOXTOPLEFTALIGN
 Aligns the upper-left corner of the size box with the upper-left corner of the rectangle specified by the parameters x, y, nWidth, and nHeight. The size box has the default size for system size boxes. Use this style with the SBS_SIZEBOX style.
SBS_SIZEGRIP
 Same as SBS_SIZEBOX, but with a raised edge.
SBS_TOPALIGN
 Aligns the top edge of the scroll bar with the top edge of the rectangle defined by the parameters x, y, nWidth, and nHeight. The scroll bar has the default height for system scroll bars. Use this style with the SBS_HORZ style.
SBS_VERT
 Designates a vertical scroll bar. If you specify neither the SBS_RIGHTALIGN nor the SBS_LEFTALIGN style, the scroll bar has the height, width, and position specified by the parameters x, y, nWidth, and nHeight.

The following static control styles (in the STATIC class) can be specified in the dwStyle parameter. A static control can have only one of these styles:
SS_BITMAP
 Specifies a bitmap is to be displayed in the static control. The error code text is the name of a bitmap (not a filename) defined elsewhere in the resource file. The style ignores the nWidth and nHeight parameters; the control automatically sizes itself to accommodate the bitmap.
SS_BLACKFRAME
 Specifies a box with a frame drawn in the same color as the window frames. This color is black in the default Windows color scheme.
SS_BLACKRECT
 Specifies a rectangle filled with the current window frame color. This color is black in the default Windows color scheme.
SS_CENTER
 Specifies a simple rectangle and centers the error code text in the rectangle. The text is formatted before it is displayed. Words that extend past the end of a line are automatically wrapped to the beginning of the next centered line.
SS_CENTERIMAGE
 Specifies that the midpoint of a static control with the SS_BITMAP or SS_ICON style is to remain fixed when the control is resized. The four sides are adjusted to accommodate a new bitmap or icon.
 If a static control has the SS_BITMAP style and the bitmap is smaller than the control?s client area, the client area is filled with the color of the pixel in the upper-left corner of the bitmap. If a static control has the SS_ICON style, the icon does not appear to paint the client area.
SS_GRAYFRAME
 Specifies a box with a frame drawn with the same color as the screen background (desktop). This color is gray in the default Windows color scheme.
SS_GRAYRECT
 Specifies a rectangle filled with the current screen background color. This color is gray in the default Windows color scheme.
SS_ICON
 Specifies an icon displayed in the dialog box. The given text is the name of an icon (not a filename) defined elsewhere in the resource file. The style ignores the nWidth and nHeight parameters; the icon automatically sizes itself.
SS_LEFT
 Specifies a simple rectangle and left-aligns the given text in the rectangle. The text is formatted before it is displayed. Words that extend past the end of a line are automatically wrapped to the beginning of the next left-aligned line.
SS_LEFTNOWORDWRAP
 Specifies a simple rectangle and left-aligns the given text in the rectangle. Tabs are expanded but words are not wrapped. Text that extends past the end of a line is clipped.
SS_METAPICT
 Specifies a metafile picture is to be displayed in the static control. The given text is the name of a metafile picture (not a filename) defined elsewhere in the resource file. A metafile static control has a fixed size; the metafile picture is scaled to fit the static control?s client area.
SS_NOPREFIX
 Prevents interpretation of any ampersand (&) characters in the control?s text as accelerator prefix characters. These are displayed with the ampersand removed and the next character in the string underlined. This static control style may be included with any of the defined static controls.
 An application can combine SS_NOPREFIX with other styles by using the bitwise OR (|) operator. This can be useful when filenames or other strings that may contain an ampersand (&) must be displayed in a static control in a dialog box.
SS_NOTIFY
 Sends the parent window STN_CLICKED and STN_DBLCLK notification messages when the user clicks or double clicks the control.
SS_RIGHT
 Specifies a simple rectangle and right-aligns the given text in the rectangle. The text is formatted before it is displayed. Words that extend past the end of a line are automatically wrapped to the beginning of the next right-aligned line.
SS_RIGHTIMAGE
 Specifies that the bottom-right corner of a static control with the SS_BITMAP or SS_ICON style is to remain fixed when the control is resized. Only the top and left sides are adjusted to accommodate a new bitmap or icon.
SS_SIMPLE
 Specifies a simple rectangle and displays a single line of left-aligned text in the rectangle. The text line cannot be shortened or altered in any way. The control?s parent window or dialog box must not process the WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC message.
SS_WHITEFRAME
 Specifies a box with a frame drawn with the same color as the window backgrounds. This color is white in the default Windows color scheme.
SS_WHITERECT
 Specifies a rectangle filled with the current window background color. This color is white in the default Windows color scheme.

The following dialog box styles can be specified in the dwStyle parameter:
DS_3DLOOK
 Gives the dialog box a nonbold font and draws three-dimensional borders around control windows in the dialog box.
 The DS_3DLOOK style is required only by Win32-based applications compiled for versions of Windows earlier than Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0. The system automatically applies the three-dimensional look to dialog boxes created by applications compiled for current versions of Windows.
DS_ABSALIGN
 Indicates that the coordinates of the dialog box are screen coordinates; otherwise, Windows assumes they are client coordinates.
DS_CENTER
 Centers the dialog box in the working area; that is, the area not obscured by the tray.
DS_CENTERMOUSE
 Centers the mouse cursor in the dialog box.
DS_CONTEXTHELP
 Includes a question mark in the title bar of the dialog box. When the user clicks the question mark, the cursor changes to a question mark with a pointer. If the user then clicks a control in the dialog box, the control receives a WM_HELP message. The control should pass the message to the dialog procedure, which should call the WinHelp function using the HELP_WM_HELP command. The Help application displays a pop-up window that typically contains help for the control.
 Note that DS_CONTEXTHELP is just a placeholder. When the dialog box is created, the system checks for DS_CONTEXTHELP and, if it is there, adds WS_EX_CONTEXTHELP to the extended style of the dialog box. WS_EX_CONTEXTHELP cannot be used with the WS_MAXIMIZEBOX or WS_MINIMIZEBOX styles.
DS_CONTROL
 Creates a dialog box that works well as a child window of another dialog box, much like a page in a property sheet. This style allows the user to tab among the control windows of a child dialog box, use its accelerator keys, and so on.
DS_FIXEDSYS
 Use SYSTEM_FIXED_FONT instead of SYSTEM_FONT.
DS_LOCALEDIT
 Applies to 16-bit applications only. This style directs edit controls in the dialog box to allocate memory from the application?s data segment. Otherwise, edit controls allocate storage from a global memory object.
DS_MODALFRAME
 Creates a dialog box with a modal dialog-box frame that can be combined with a title bar and window menu by specifying the WS_CAPTION and WS_SYSMENU styles.
DS_NOFAILCREATE
 Creates the dialog box even if errors occur > for example, if a child window cannot be created or if the system cannot create a special data segment for an edit control.
DS_NOIDLEMSG
 Suppresses WM_ENTERIDLE messages that Windows would otherwise send to the owner of the dialog box while the dialog box is displayed.
DS_RECURSE
 Dialog box style for control-like dialog boxes.
DS_SETFONT
 Indicates that the dialog box template (the DLGTEMPLATE structure) contains two additional members specifying a font name and point size. The corresponding font is used to display text within the dialog box client area and within the dialog box controls. Windows passes the handle of the font to the dialog box and to each control by sending them the WM_SETFONT message.
DS_SETFOREGROUND
 Does not apply to 16-bit versions of Microsoft Windows. This style brings the dialog box to the foreground. Internally, Windows calls the SetForegroundWindow function for the dialog box.
DS_SYSMODAL
 Creates a system-modal dialog box. This style causes the dialog box to have the WS_EX_TOPMOST style, but otherwise has no effect on the dialog box or the behavior of other windows in the system when the dialog box is displayed.

7 x
Specifies the initial horizontal position of the window. For an overlapped or pop-up window, the x parameter is the initial x-coordinate of the window?s upper-left corner, in screen coordinates. For a child window, x is the x-coordinate of the upper-left corner of the window relative to the upper-left corner of the parent window?s client area.
If x is set to CW_USEDEFAULT, Windows selects the default position for the window?s upper-left corner and ignores the y parameter. CW_USEDEFAULT is valid only for overlapped windows; if it is specified for a pop-up or child window, the x and y parameters are set to zero.

7 y
Specifies the initial vertical position of the window. For an overlapped or pop-up window, the y parameter is the initial y-coordinate of the window?s upper-left corner, in screen coordinates. For a child window, y is the initial y-coordinate of the upper-left corner of the child window relative to the upper-left corner of the parent window?s client area. For a list box, y is the initial y-coordinate of the upper-left corner of the list box?s client area relative to the upper-left corner of the parent window?s client area.
If an overlapped window is created with the WS_VISIBLE style bit set and the x parameter is set to CW_USEDEFAULT, Windows ignores the y parameter.

7 nWidth
Specifies the width, in device units, of the window. For overlapped windows, nWidth is the window?s width, in screen coordinates, or CW_USEDEFAULT. If nWidth is CW_USEDEFAULT, Windows selects a default width and height for the window; the default width extends from the initial x-coordinates to the right edge of the screen; the default height extends from the initial y-coordinate to the top of the icon area. CW_USEDEFAULT is valid only for overlapped windows; if CW_USEDEFAULT is specified for a pop-up or child window, the nWidth and nHeight parameter are set to zero.

7 nHeight
Specifies the height, in device units, of the window. For overlapped windows, nHeight is the window?s height, in screen coordinates. If the nWidth parameter is set to CW_USEDEFAULT, Windows ignores nHeight.

7 hWndParent
Identifies the parent or owner window of the window being created. A valid window handle must be supplied when a child window or an owned window is created. A child window is confined to the client area of its parent window. An owned window is an overlapped window that is destroyed when its owner window is destroyed or hidden when its owner is minimized; it is always displayed on top of its owner window. Although this parameter must specify a valid handle if the dwStyle parameter includes the WS_CHILD style, it is optional if dwStyle includes the WS_POPUP style.

7 hMenu
Identifies a menu, or specifies a child-window identifier, depending on the window style. For an overlapped or pop-up window, hMenu identifies the menu to be used with the window; it can be NULL if the class menu is to be used. For a child window, hMenu specifies the child-window identifier, an integer value used by a dialog box control to notify its parent about events. The application determines the child-window identifier; it must be unique for all child windows with the same parent window.

7 hInstance
Identifies the instance of the module to be associated with the window.

7 lpParam
Points to a value passed to the window through the CREATESTRUCT structure referenced by the lParam parameter of the WM_CREATE message. If an application calls CreateWindow to create a multiple document interface client window, lpParam must point to a CLIENTCREATESTRUCT structure.



Const WS_EX_STATICEDGE = &H20000
Const WS_EX_TRANSPARENT = &H20&
Const WS_CHILD = &H40000000
Const CW_USEDEFAULT = &H80000000
Const SW_NORMAL = 1
Private Type CREATESTRUCT
    lpCreateParams As Long
    hInstance As Long
    hMenu As Long
    hWndParent As Long
    cy As Long
    cx As Long
    y As Long
    x As Long
    style As Long
    lpszName As String
    lpszClass As String
    ExStyle As Long
End Type
Private Declare Function CreateWindowEx Lib "user32" Alias "CreateWindowExA" (ByVal dwExStyle As Long, ByVal lpClassName As String, ByVal lpWindowName As String, ByVal dwStyle As Long, ByVal x As Long, ByVal y As Long, ByVal nWidth As Long, ByVal nHeight As Long, ByVal hWndParent As Long, ByVal hMenu As Long, ByVal hInstance As Long, lpParam As Any) As Long
Private Declare Function ShowWindow Lib "user32" (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal nCmdShow As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function DestroyWindow Lib "user32" (ByVal hwnd As Long) As Long
Dim mWnd As Long
Private Sub Form_Load()
    'KPD-Team 1999
    'URL: http://www.allapi.net/
    'E-Mail: KPDTeam@Allapi.net
    Dim CS As CREATESTRUCT
    'Create a new label
    mWnd = CreateWindowEx(WS_EX_STATICEDGE Or WS_EX_TRANSPARENT, "STATIC", "Hello World !", WS_CHILD, 0, 0, 300, 50, Me.hwnd, 0, App.hInstance, CS)
    Me.Caption = mWnd
    'Show our label
    ShowWindow mWnd, SW_NORMAL
End Sub
Private Sub Form_Unload(Cancel As Integer)
    'destroy our label
    DestroyWindow mWnd
End Sub


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