Place vb6 form above System Tray


I need to Place one Form in Vb6 Just above System Tray with 6 cm in length and 2.5 cm in width.
Any suggestions, Need Help
With Thankx and Regards
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Mike TomlinsonConnect With a Mentor Middle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
Using Screen.XXX alone may actually put your form on TOP of the System TaskBar and/or other DeskBands that are running.  What if the TaskBar is made bigger (taller) or they have other such apps running?   What if the TaskBar is dragged to the Top of the screen?  Then your app will be in the bottom right but not flush with the edges...

To properly place your form in the bottom right without obscuring the TaskBar/DeskBands you need to use the SystemParametersInfo() API with the SPI_GETWORKAREA flag:

    SPI_GETWORKAREA: Retrieves the size of the work area on the primary display monitor. The work area is the portion of the screen not obscured by the system taskbar or by application desktop toolbars.

An Example:
Option Explicit
Private Type RECT
    Left As Long
    Top As Long
    Right As Long
    Bottom As Long
End Type
Private Const SPI_GETWORKAREA = 48
Private Declare Function SystemParametersInfo Lib "user32" Alias "SystemParametersInfoA" (ByVal uAction As Long, ByVal uParam As Long, ByRef lpvParam As Any, ByVal fuWinIni As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function SetWindowPos Lib "user32" (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal hWndInsertAfter As Long, ByVal x As Long, ByVal y As Long, ByVal cx As Long, ByVal cy As Long, ByVal wFlags As Long) As Long
Private Sub Form_Load()
    Dim desktopRect As RECT
    Dim formHeight As Single
    Dim formWidth As Single
    formHeight = 150 ' desired height of form in pixels
    formWidth = 150 ' desired width of form in pixels
    Call SystemParametersInfo(SPI_GETWORKAREA, vbNull, desktopRect, 0)
    Call SetWindowPos(Me.hwnd, 0, desktopRect.Right - formWidth, desktopRect.Bottom - formHeight, formWidth, formHeight, 0)
End Sub

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Use Screen.Width and Screen.Height to get the size of the screen.

Then position your form at:
    Form1.Width = Screen.Width - Form1.Width - 15
    Form1.Height = Screen.Height - Form1.Height - 50

Tweak the number at the end to take into account borders on your form, and the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.

Then you can size your form to be whatever size you like and it should appear in the bottom right corner.

You may also want to set your borderstyle to "None" or "Toolbar" so that the border isn't quite as thick and in the way.
ShowkatdarAuthor Commented:
Dear Idle Mind,

Thanks for your reply. It is working fine. I accept your reply but need one more little help if you could. Is there any way to give some Effects to this form. Like 3d, or something other than that, should be Interactive.
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
Sorry.  I don't have any recommendations for making the form "prettier"...I code plain looking apps.  =)

Maybe Frosty has some ideas?...
ShowkatdarAuthor Commented:
OK Thankx For your wonderful help. It is working. Thankx.
I don't know what you mean by 3D effects, but there are a number of utilities out there to let you "skin" a vb6 form (make it non-rectangular).

See this EE question:

This example:
Making your form "Always On Top":

-------------------- FORM1.FRM ------------------------
Private Sub Command1_Click()
If (MsgBox("Should The Window Be Topmost?", vbQuestion+vbYesNo,"Question") = vbYes) Then
' Set Window to Topmost
SetTopmost(Me, True)
' Cancel Topmost
SetTopmost(Me, False)
End If
End Sub
-------------------- ALWAYSONTOP.BAS -------------------
Option Explicit
Global ipbans As String
Declare Function SetWindowPos Lib "user32" (ByVal hWnd As Long, _
    ByVal hWndInsertAfter As Long, ByVal x As Long, ByVal y As Long, _
    ByVal cx As Long, ByVal cy As Long, ByVal uFlags As Long) As Long
Public Const HWND_TOPMOST = -1
Public Const HWND_NOTOPMOST = -2
Public Const SWP_NOSIZE = &H1
Public Const SWP_NOMOVE = &H2
Public Const SWP_NOACTIVATE = &H10
Public Sub SetTopmost(Form As Form, ByVal Topmost As Boolean)
    Dim hWndInsertAfter As Long
    If Topmost Then
        hWndInsertAfter = HWND_TOPMOST
        hWndInsertAfter = HWND_NOTOPMOST
    End If
    SetWindowPos Form.hWnd, hWndInsertAfter, 0, 0, 0, 0, _
End Sub

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