I have a C# winforms app that runs a macro in another program. The other program will continually pop up windows and generally make things look, for lack of a better word, crazy. I want to implement a cancel button that will stop the process from running, but I cannot seem to get the window to stay on top. How do I do this in C#?
Edit: I have tried TopMost=true; , but the other program keeps popping up its own windows over top. Is there a way to send my window to the top every n milliseconds?
Edit: The way I solved this was by adding a system tray icon that will cancel the process by double-clicking on it. The system tray icon does no get covered up. Thank you to all who responded. I read the article on why there is not a 'super-on-top' window... it logically does not work.
Form.TopMost will work unless the other program is creating topmost windows.
There is no way to create a window that is not covered by new topmost windows of another process. Raymond Chen explained why.
I was searching to make my WinForms application "Always on Top" but setting "TopMost" did not do anything for me. I knew it was possible because WinAmp does this (along with a host of other applications).
What I did was make a call to "user32.dll." I had no qualms about doing so and it works great. It's an option, anyway.
First, import the following namespace:
Add a few variables to your class declaration:
private static readonly IntPtr HWND_TOPMOST = new IntPtr(-1); private const UInt32 SWP_NOSIZE = 0x0001; private const UInt32 SWP_NOMOVE = 0x0002; private const UInt32 TOPMOST_FLAGS = SWP_NOMOVE | SWP_NOSIZE;
Add prototype for user32.dll function:
[DllImport("user32.dll")] [return: MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.Bool)] public static extern bool SetWindowPos(IntPtr hWnd, IntPtr hWndInsertAfter, int X, int Y, int cx, int cy, uint uFlags);
Then in your code (I added the call in Form_Load()), add the call:
SetWindowPos(this.Handle, HWND_TOPMOST, 0, 0, 0, 0, TOPMOST_FLAGS);
Hope that helps. Reference