Control out of GUI

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Hey there!


Drag and drop a control (in this case, either a button or a pic), possibly OUT of the current GUI.

I have this test code:

HotKeySet("{ESC}", "exit_program")
Func exit_program()

Func testButton()
    Local $x, $y
    GUICreate("my Window", 350, 150)
    Local $button = GUICtrlCreateButton("boink", 10, 50, 40, 40)
    While True
        $x = MouseGetPos(0)
        $y = MouseGetPos(1)
        If(GUIGetMsg() = $button) Then


I want to be able to move the boink button anywhere I want in my screen, even out of my current (and only) GUI.

I know how to detect a drag, but about controls' position I only found GUICtrlSetPos() which defines a position for the control within the GUI.

How can I achieve my task?



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Create the button as a second GUI that you can drag around wherever you want. 

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@BrewManNH what styles must I use to make a new GUI look like a button (no top bar, no borders, etc.)

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The Moving and Resizing PopUp GUIs tutorial in the Wiki might be worth a read.



Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind._______My UDFs:


ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area


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Use style $WS_POPUP and ExStyle BitOr($WS_EX_MDICHILD, $WS_EX_LAYERED)


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