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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Minimise VB 6.0 Application to Task Bar

Open a new standard project in vb 6.0

Then add a module named modPublic.bas in the project and add the following code in the module which are the public declaration and API call code:

Option Explicit

Public Declare Function Shell_NotifyIcon Lib "shell32" Alias "Shell_NotifyIconA" (ByVal dwMessage As Long, pnid As MinimiseIconData) As Boolean

'constants required by Shell_NotifyIcon API call:
Public Const NIM_ADD = &H0
Public Const NIM_MODIFY = &H1
Public Const NIM_DELETE = &H2
Public Const NIF_MESSAGE = &H1
Public Const NIF_ICON = &H2
Public Const NIF_TIP = &H4
Public Const WM_MOUSEMOVE = &H200
Public Const WM_LBUTTONDOWN = &H201 'Button down
Public Const WM_LBUTTONUP = &H202 'Button up
Public Const WM_LBUTTONDBLCLK = &H203 'Double-click
Public Const WM_RBUTTONDOWN = &H204 'Button down
Public Const WM_RBUTTONUP = &H205 'Button up
Public Const WM_RBUTTONDBLCLK = &H206 'Double-click

Then add other module named modType for the public type declaration for the project. Add the following code in this module:

Public Type MinimiseIconData
cbSize As Long
hwnd As Long
uId As Long
uFlags As Long
uCallBackMessage As Long
hIcon As Long
szTip As String * 64
End Type

Then on the Form1 properties select the icon which you want to display when your application is minimised to the task bar.
Note: icon has the extention .ico

Add one command button on the form

Then in the Form1 code page add the following code:

Option Explicit

Private minIco As MinimiseIconData

Private Sub Command1_Click()
Unload Me
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Load()
If App.PrevInstance Then

End If
With minIco

.cbSize = Len(minIco)
.hwnd = Me.hwnd
.uId = vbNull
.uCallBackMessage = WM_MOUSEMOVE
.hIcon = Me.Icon ' <== You can change this to another icon
.szTip = "Double-click this icon to make the application visible" & vbNullChar ' <== You can change this also.

End With
Shell_NotifyIcon NIM_ADD, minIco
End Sub

Private Sub Form_MouseMove(Button As Integer, Shift As Integer, X As Single, Y As Single)
Dim lngButtonAction As Long

lngButtonAction = X / Screen.TwipsPerPixelX

Select Case lngButtonAction

' Left mouse button has been double clicked
' If app is currently minimized ….
Me.WindowState = vbNormal
'If Me.WindowState = vbMinimized Then ' … then restore it to normal size
' Me.WindowState = vbNormal
' Shell_NotifyIcon NIM_DELETE, nid ' and remove the icon
'ElseIf Not Me.Visible Then ' Else, if the app is hidden …
' Me.Show ' then show the form again
' Me.WindowState = vbNormal
' Shell_NotifyIcon NIM_DELETE, nid ' and remove the icon
'End If

' You could put code in here to make something happen when
' left mouse button is single clicked on the icon

' You could put code in here to make something happen when
' right mouse button is single clicked on the icon

End Select

End Sub

Private Sub Form_Resize()
On Error Resume Next

If Me.WindowState = vbMinimized Then
Shell_NotifyIcon NIM_ADD, minIco
Else ' otherwise don't show it
Shell_NotifyIcon NIM_DELETE, minIco ' รง This removes the icon
End If
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Terminate()
Shell_NotifyIcon NIM_DELETE, minIco
End Sub

The code to minimise the application to the taskbar is at the following link. Please click the following link to download and use the code:

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