Always on top?

Is there a way to set a console program to be "always on top" of other open windows?
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jkrCommented:
Get the console's window handle like in http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;124103 ("How To Obtain a Console Window Handle")

   HWND GetConsoleHwnd(void)
   {
       #define MY_BUFSIZE 1024 // Buffer size for console window titles.
       HWND hwndFound;         // This is what is returned to the caller.
       char pszNewWindowTitle[MY_BUFSIZE]; // Contains fabricated
                                           // WindowTitle.
       char pszOldWindowTitle[MY_BUFSIZE]; // Contains original
                                           // WindowTitle.

       // Fetch current window title.

       GetConsoleTitle(pszOldWindowTitle, MY_BUFSIZE);

       // Format a "unique" NewWindowTitle.

       wsprintf(pszNewWindowTitle,"%d/%d",
                   GetTickCount(),
                   GetCurrentProcessId());

       // Change current window title.

       SetConsoleTitle(pszNewWindowTitle);

       // Ensure window title has been updated.

       Sleep(40);

       // Look for NewWindowTitle.

       hwndFound=FindWindow(NULL, pszNewWindowTitle);

       // Restore original window title.

       SetConsoleTitle(pszOldWindowTitle);

       return(hwndFound);
   }


and modify the window style

HWND hWnd = GetConsoleHwnd();
LONG lStyle = GetWindowLong ( hWnd, GWL_EXSTYLE);

lStyle |= WS_EX_TOPMOST; // add "WS_EX_TOPMOST"

SetWindowLong ( hWnd, GWL_EXSTYLE, lStyle);

That style bit is

"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."

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itsmeandnobodyelseCommented:
You may try that:

Find the window handle with:

   HWND hwnd = FindWindow("Command");

and make it topmost by

   RECT rect;
   GetWindowRect(hwnd, &rect);
   SetWindowPos(hwnd, HWND_TOPMOST,
                         rect.left, rect.right, rect.width(), rect.height(),
                         SWP_SHOWWINDOW);


Regards, Alex
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