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API (VB6) for Closing a tray icon program

Posted on 2004-10-19
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My data provider recently changed their program from a "Windowed application" to just a system tray program.  I used to close the GUI program like this:

   lngWin = FindWindow(vbNullString, "TALNET")
   If lngWin <> 0 Then SendMessage lngWin, WM_CLOSE, 0&, 0&

But that doesn't work anymore because there is no window.  My provider emailed back:

"Using the Win32 SendMessage API was a good idea for an app that had a GUI window, as TALNET did.  Since TALDDE's just a tray icon, the logical analogy would be to find the Win32 API for sending a message to a tray icon"

Can anyone send me the code to close a program that is only running in the system tray?  The program is called "taldde32.exe" in the Processes tab of the Windows Task Manager.

 




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Question by:LovinSpoonful
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This can be done using WMI as follows:

Dim oProcess

For Each oProcess In GetObject("winmgmts:root\cimv2").ExecQuery("Select * from " & _
                    "Win32_Process Where Name = 'taldde32.exe'")

    oProcess.Terminate
    Debug.Print oProcess.Name & " was terminated..."

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Try to find the process using API
Declare Function EnumProcesses Lib "PSAPI.DLL" (ByRef lpidProcess As Long, _
                                                                        ByVal cb As Long, _
                                                                        ByRef cbNeeded As Long) As Long


Then use

Declare Function TerminateProcess Lib "kernel32" Alias "TerminateProcess" (ByVal hProcess As Long, _
                                                                                                               ByVal uExitCode As Long) As Long

to terminate the process
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by:Michael_D
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I agree with Erick37
Nice solution!
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thank you Erick37.  
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