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Prevent MsgBox from gaining focus

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Hello,

It is the second time i am facing this problem in a project and it is starting pissing me off because i can't seem to find a good solution.

By saying a good solution i mean keep using MsgBox and not an alternative GUI and set state to non focus.

I had the same problem with the InputBox. I can't seem to find a solution on google or forum.

Any ideas people?

Thank you in advance.

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How are you writing your MsgBox command?


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#4 ·  Posted (edited)

There are some applications that as soon as they loose focus they stop running, i guess you learned something new ;)

My MsgBox is a simple one. Just wanted to make it without focus

MsgBox(4096, "Test", "This box will time out in 10 seconds",10)
Edit: i was checking MSDN and couldn't find something saying about focus besides setting the focus on the button.

DllCall("user32.dll", "int", "MessageBox", "hwnd", 0, "str", "There are no more lines", "str", "Lines", "int", 0)
Edited by AutID

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The 4096 is the value for $MB_SYSTEMMODAL, so of course it's going to have focus. That's what that value is meant to do

From MSDN:

 

Same as MB_APPLMODAL except that the message box has the WS_EX_TOPMOSTstyle. Use system-modal message boxes to notify the user of serious, potentially damaging errors that require immediate attention (for example, running out of memory). This flag has no effect on the user's ability to interact with windows other than those associated with hWnd.

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AutID,

MsgBox is a blocking function so I not at all sure that you can prevent it gaining focus. :(

You can of course create your own MsgBox equivalent and use the SHOWNOACTIVATE state. My ExtMsgBox UDF shows how to create such a dialog and my Toast UDF shows how to display a GUI without taking focus - feel free to plunder both as you wish. Or you might want to look at my Notify UDF which is designed give information without interfering with whatever else is running. :)

Or look for Yashied's NotifyBox UDF - I seem to recall that it does not take focus, but of course you cannot interact with it either. ;)

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ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
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GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
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The 4096 is the value for $MB_SYSTEMMODAL, so of course it's going to have focus. That's what that value is meant to do

 

From MSDN:

Yes that much i know. It was just a copy paste from the help files. But no values seem to be setting it to non focus msgbox.

I think it is a blocking function so there is no much i can do about it...

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AutID,

MsgBox is a blocking function so I not at all sure that you can prevent it gaining focus. :(

You can of course create your own MsgBox equivalent and use the SHOWNOACTIVATE state. My ExtMsgBox UDF shows how to create such a dialog and my Toast UDF shows how to display a GUI without taking focus - feel free to plunder both as you wish. Or you might want to look at my Notify UDF which is designed give information without interfering with whatever else is running. :)

Or look for Yashied's NotifyBox UDF - I seem to recall that it does not take focus, but of course you cannot interact with it either. ;)

M23

Got me there. But as i said i know alternatives i just wanted to remain to the MsgBox command... :(

Anyway thank you people.

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