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In VB.NET, I have the following that SHOULD work...

In the general declarations section of a form:

    'Finds a Window based on ClassName or WindowName or Both
    Private Declare Function FindWindow Lib "user32" Alias "FindWindowA" (ByVal lpClassName As String, ByVal lpWindowName As String) As Long

In the form click event I have the following:

        Dim ClassName As String
        Dim Caption As String
        Dim hWnd As Long

        ClassName = "SciCalc"
        Caption = "Calculator"

        hWnd = FindWindow(ClassName, "")

        MessageBox.Show(CStr(hWnd))

The problem is that I get a value returned no matter what !  In the example above, I did NOT have the calc running and I still get a value from FindWindow.  I should have seen it as ZERO ???

Everything I've seen says this should work.  Please help, this is driving me nuts !

Thanks,

John
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Question by:trzesniakj
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Mike Tomlinson earned 2000 total points
ID: 11849351
There were two problems with your code.

1) You were using a VB6 declaration of the API.  In .Net it should return an IntPtr, not a Long.
2) You should pass in vbNullString instead of "" for an empty parameter.

Regards,

Idle_Mind

Public Class Form1
    Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form

    Private Declare Auto Function FindWindow Lib "user32" ( _
        ByVal lpClassName As String, _
        ByVal lpWindowName As String) As IntPtr

    Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        Dim ClassName As String
        Dim Caption As String
        Dim hWnd As IntPtr

        ClassName = "SciCalc"
        Caption = "Calculator"

        hWnd = FindWindow(ClassName, vbNullString)
        'hWnd = FindWindow(vbNullString, Caption)

        MessageBox.Show(hWnd.ToString)
    End Sub
End Class
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by:trzesniakj
ID: 11851601
Wonderful !  That was it !  

Thanks !

John
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