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Popup that never receives the focus - and doesn't interfere with other apps.

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Does anyone know how I can create a popup window that won't interfere with other programs.  One that does not receive the focus.  For example, let's say someone has Word open and is actively typing into Word.  Then my program pops up a window on top of Word, but doesn't interfere with them typing into Word.  Similar to a "you've got mail" popup that goes away on it's own, but never receives the focus and/or interferes with other running applications.

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by:rlibrandi
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With VB you create a form - say frmMain
Inside the form place a text box - txtMessage


In a Public Sub, set the form's properties:

Public Sub Main()
 
     frmMain.Active = False
     frmMain.txtMessage.Text = "Hello"
     'any other settings you want to set here
     .
     .
     .
     Load frmMain
     frmMain.Show 0    'the "0" opens the form as modless
End Sub

Of course you'll have to set your project properties startup object as Sub Main


Hope this helps
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by:rlibrandi
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Need to retract my comment.  I was way off - sorry.  I guess I'd better log off and get more coffee.
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coopzz earned 500 total points
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if you've got vb.net this would be perfect

http://www.codeproject.com/cs/miscctrl/taskbarnotifier.asp
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