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Get App Name?

how can I get the name of the window/application oppened?
For example if user oppened WINDOWS EXPLORER. then the application will msgbox
or whatever...
how can it be done?

thanks for any help
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you could monitor all the windows and when a new one is made you could grab the name from that.  but then your using timers.
"System Wide Shell Hook Dll (Version 2.0)"
i swear ive seen that name somewhere, azrasound....  are you around in DC any?
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No, I live in Houston.  Perhaps from another forum?  Perhaps you listen to house music?
Richie_SimonettiIT OperationsCommented:
Logging use of executables in Windows

This handy little tip can be used to log the use of .exe, .lnk, .pif, .bat, and .com files on your computer. All it needs is a little registry tinkering. Place this code in a module, and set the project startup object to 'Sub Main'


Sub Main()
If Command$ <> "" Then
Open "c:\apps\exelog.txt" For Append As #1
Print #1, Command$ & " " & CStr(Now)
Close #1
Call Shell(Command$, vbNormalFocus)
End If
End Sub

Registry Changes

The registry changes are:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command to: "C:\exewrap.exe" "%1" %*
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shell\open\command to: "C:\exewrap.exe" "%1" %*
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\piffile\shell\open\command to: "C:\exewrap.exe" "%1" %*
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\batfile\shell\open\command to: "C:\exewrap.exe" "%1" %*
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\comfile\shell\open\command to: "C:\exewrap.exe" "%1" %*

What happens it that instead of running the program directly, Windows calls our program, which logs filename and time, and then calls the program.
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hehe, i live in ohio, by DC i meant direct connect.  this is going to bug me forever now.

But on to the question,
Are you trying to halt execution of certain programs or did you want to just log what programs are being used?  

I assume you mean a applicaiton you have just executed??? If so, then you have the HWnd

From the Hwnd, you can use GetWindowText WIN API to access the title.

' Add the following declarations to get window title.
Declare Function GetWindowText Lib "user32" Alias "GetWindowTextA" (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal lpString As String, ByVal cch As Long) As Long
Declare Function GetWindowTextLength Lib "user32" Alias "GetWindowTextLengthA" (ByVal hwnd As Long) As Long

' then use the following code to get the title.
    Dim wincapt As String
    'Get the windowtext length
    wincapt = Space$(GetWindowTextLength(hwnd) + 1)
    'get the window text
    GetWindowText hwnd, wincapt, Len(wincapt)
    'remove the last Chr$(0)
    wincapt = Left$(wincapt, Len(wincapt) - 1)

    ' wincapt holds the title of the window with the handle hwnd.
    MsgBox wincapt + " just opened"

If you instead mean that you want to monitor as the user opens stuff rather than your applicaiton... then simply hook into the windows message queue and wait for WM_ACTIVATE or WM_ACTIVATEAPP messages. When one is sent, grab the hwnd and apply the code above.

Hope this helps,

I am not sure what are you up to:
This example will list all the windows activate at the time

If you want to monitor all the windows a user open using this example, my advice is to use a timer (interval = 1000), and record the difference if new program added to the list.

However, if you already have the hwnd, then it is advisable to use the API GetWindowText & GetWindowTextLength

~ fantasy ~

deathman5Author Commented:
thx everybody, but Shell Hook Dll was what I wanted :)
But thx 4 anybody how helped
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