Hidden Application

Posted on 2006-05-23
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
Hi guys,

My boss has been constantly asking me and other members of my team to remind him to do things, and it's gotten to the stage where we have decided it's best to install a little program that runs in the background of his computer, and every 30 minutes comes up and displays a message for him, fullscreen which lasts about 10 seconds.

How would I go about making such an application? I will want to add extra things onto it at a later date, so it could become a bit more useful, but for now it's purely to aggravate him so that he stops asking us to remember everything for him.

Cheers guys!
Question by:Cyber-Drugs
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    Expert Comment

    Hi Cyber-Drugs,
    not meant as answer but why not use outlook it has a great reminder function that can handle snooze, all kind of time settings and the complete scheduling from minutes to weeks, besides you can mail yourself reminders

    a a suggestion you could use this control // free registration

    use it as a start
    add it to a form
    plus a timer control to check for events in the day list to act upon
    when the the timer tick comes you popup the appointment as you wish

    share what you know, learn what you don't
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    The simplest way?  IMHO, is set the ShowInTaskbar property of the windows form to false.

    Create a timer and set the timer interval for 30 minutes and when the timer elapsed event is triggered show the form.

    When he's done handling the event, etc..

    hide the form again.
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    Author Comment

    That sounds like a pretty good idea, and thanks for the link, had a look and may use that at some point, but for now I just want to make something simple to annoy my boss, he will probably ask me to delete it half way through the day anyway, hehe.
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    Author Comment

    topdog770, that's basically what I want, but how would I go about making the application appear in the taskbar area?
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    Accepted Solution

    Yeah, it's my fault.  ee emails were getting handled as junk sporadically.

    Refund makes sense. Sorry, cyber.  ( answer was change the ShowInTaskbar to true );
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    Author Comment

    No problem, I had forgotten about this thread myself due to the lack of activity.

    Thanks for the reply, just tried it and it works perfectly!

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