2004. január 9., péntek

How to restore / set focus to an application after re-running the executable


I'm trying to restore/ set focus to my app after re-running the exe. I've tried using the Windows.Setfocus(FormHandle) command without success. I've also tried using ShowWindow. Doing this doesn't set focus to the window. If the the window is minimizied it restores it to the screen ok but the application still believes it is minimized, thus you can't minimize the window. You can overcome this by first right clicking the app's taskbar button and selecting restore. The minimize button then works correctly.


You have to deal with the first instances Application window, not with the main form.

{$R *.RES}

function AlreadyRunning: Boolean;
  wndmain, wndapp: HWND;
  wndmain := FindWindow('TMDIForm', nil);
  {should really use a more unique classname}
  result := wndmain <> 0;
  if result then
    wndapp := GetWindowLong(wndmain, GWL_WNDPARENT);
    if IsIconic(wndapp) then
      SendMessage(wndapp, WM_SYSCOMMAND, SC_RESTORE, 0)

  if AlreadyRunning then
  Application.Title := 'J&S Library Manager';
  Application.CreateForm(TMDIForm, MDIForm);
  Application.CreateForm(TEditTextForm, EditTextForm);
  Application.CreateForm(TOptionForm, OptionForm);
  Application.CreateForm(TAboutBox, AboutBox);

I have a deep aversion against directly manipulating a window from outside, so I usually don't restore/show the first instances window from the second instance but instead send a message to the first instances main form and have it restore/show itself in a handler for the message. Using WM_COPYDATA it is also easy to pass on a commandline to the first instance this way.

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