Solved

Getting active application by mouse click

Posted on 2006-11-28
6
228 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-23
Ok, how about this.....is there a way to capture the application by way of a mouse click event?

So when a user clicks on a application (say Notepad) and then clicks on a button in a Vb.net 2003 program which will display what application they selected.  

0
Comment
Question by:TechMonster
  • 3
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:Hillwaaa
ID: 18033032
Hi TechMonster,

What are you trying to acheive?  There are ways to get references to other applications like Notepad, using functions from the win32 api, however they are pretty tricky to use...

Cheers,
Hillwaaa
0
 
LVL 85

Expert Comment

by:Mike Tomlinson
ID: 18034177
Take a look at my approach here:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Visual_Basic/VB_Controls/Q_21567355.html#14929000

It allows you to initiate a drag from your app and it identifies the hWnd of the control where the drop is made.  Then you can figure out the window that owns that control from there.

This is accomplished via the SetCapture() API.

If you think this is workable then I can see about converting the code to VB.Net.  It will be shorter than the solution VB6 since some of that code required APIs that are now encapsulated by the .Net framework.
0
 

Author Comment

by:TechMonster
ID: 18038299
The setCapture may work.  I am not 100% sure i understand how to use but it may be heading me in the right direction.
0
Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way to say thank you for being a part of the community.

 
LVL 85

Expert Comment

by:Mike Tomlinson
ID: 18038316
I'll work out a sample project to demonstrate it...
0
 
LVL 85

Accepted Solution

by:
Mike Tomlinson earned 500 total points
ID: 18049092
0
 

Author Comment

by:TechMonster
ID: 18103261
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Postgres Monitoring System

A PHP and Perl based system to collect and display usage statistics from PostgreSQL databases.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

It’s quite interesting for me as I worked with Excel using vb.net for some time. Here are some topics which I know want to share with others whom this might help. First of all if you are working with Excel then you need to Download the Following …
Calculating holidays and working days is a function that is often needed yet it is not one found within the Framework. This article presents one approach to building a working-day calculator for use in .NET.
With Secure Portal Encryption, the recipient is sent a link to their email address directing them to the email laundry delivery page. From there, the recipient will be required to enter a user name and password to enter the page. Once the recipient …
In a recent question (https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29004105/Run-AutoHotkey-script-directly-from-Notepad.html) here at Experts Exchange, a member asked how to run an AutoHotkey script (.AHK) directly from Notepad++ (aka NPP). This video…

792 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question