Dock and AutoHide

Posted on 2005-04-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have an application that has a Form that basically has the functionality of a toolbar.  What I would like to do is to have that specific form docked to any one of the sides of my screen and set it to autohide.  How can this be done???
Question by:gvector1
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    Hmmm, Are we talking about the normal desktop?

    Not sure if you can. But one way I think you might be able to achieve this is to create a completely transparent form that covers the desktop, and add a panel to it that would also be transparent then you could use the normal method of docking then.

    Unless you want to hook into the windows API I can't think of any other way, nor would I really see the above really working either. I am not sure if a transparent window will allow clicking items underneath it?
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    by:Daniel Van Der Werken
    Not stand-alone, an it appears MS has no intentions of providing such functionality.  Check out these third party tools:  (is free)
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    Sorry, did not intend on abandoning this question.  Kind of got sidetracked.  Anyway, I have not actually been able to attempt the approach posted by Roman, but from what I read it is very interesting and informative and looks to be the best attempt, therefore, I will accept Roman's answer and award the points to him.


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