Window focus problems

Posted on 2003-10-30
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
I have a dialog based app which is launching a process and then waiting for it to finish. The problem is that if I click on the parent window before the child process window displays then it seems to get the focus and is on top of the child window when it finally does display.

How can I make it so that child window will always be displayed on top of the launching app's window?

(I don't have access to the source code for the child process, so can't make any mods there)
Question by:paulburns

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ID: 9655139

Author Comment

ID: 9655290
that didin't seem to work, the message never fires when child process is started.

Maybe I could call SetWindowPos on it to move it to the top of the z-order. But all I have is the process handle, do you know a way to get the main window handle of an application from its process handle?
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Roshan Davis earned 125 total points
ID: 9655589
You will get the Main window handle from a created process by this code.
I got this code from one EE friend.

BOOL CProcessDlg::DoCreateProcess()
      STARTUPINFO StartupInfo;
      CString CommandLine;
      BOOL rc;
      // I am putting the (exe) filename in quotes in case there are blanks etc. in it
      CommandLine = CString('"') + m_Filename + CString("\" ") + m_Parameters;
      memset(&StartupInfo, 0, sizeof(StartupInfo));
      StartupInfo.cb = sizeof(StartupInfo);

      rc = CreateProcess(NULL, (LPTSTR)(LPCTSTR)CommandLine, NULL, NULL, FALSE, 0,
                                    NULL, NULL, &StartupInfo, &m_ProcessInformation);
      if (!rc)
            m_Message = ShowError("CreateProcess");
            return FALSE;
      switch (WaitForInputIdle(m_ProcessInformation.hProcess, 10000))
      case 0:
            // The process has been created and has finished intializing
            // so now we look for it
            m_hProcessWnd = NULL;
            EnumWindows(EnumWindowsProc, (DWORD)this);
            m_Message.Format("Started: %s\r\nprocess id: %i; window handle: %X",
            CommandLine, m_ProcessInformation.dwProcessId, m_hProcessWnd);
            return TRUE;
      case 0xFFFFFFFF:
            m_Message = ShowError("WaitForInputIdle");
      default: // WAIT_TIMEOUT
            m_Message = "WaitForInputIdle timed out";

      return TRUE;

BOOL CALLBACK CProcessDlg::EnumWindowsProc(HWND hWnd, LPARAM lParam)
      CProcessDlg *ppProcessDlg=(CProcessDlg *)lParam;
      DWORD dwProcessId;
      CString Message;
      if (!hWnd) return TRUE;

      GetWindowThreadProcessId(hWnd, &dwProcessId);
      if (pProcessDlg->m_ProcessInformation.dwProcessId != dwProcessId)
            return TRUE;
      if (!::IsWindowVisible(hWnd))
            return TRUE;
      pProcessDlg->m_hProcessWnd = hWnd;

      return TRUE;

CString CProcessDlg::ShowError(LPCTSTR pFunction)
      CString Message;
      LPTSTR pMsgBuf;
                              NULL, GetLastError(), MAKELANGID(LANG_NEUTRAL, SUBLANG_DEFAULT),
                              (LPTSTR)&pMsgBuf, 0, NULL);

      if (*pFunction)
            Message.Format("%s from: %s", pMsgBuf, pFunction);
            Message = pMsgBuf;


      return Message;

Good luck
Rosh :)

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