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X-Window Manager like dragging and resizing of windows

, 21 Sep 2005
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This article shows how to make use of a mouse hook to allow simple dragging and resizing of windows.

Introduction

Hooks are a powerful feature of Windows and can be used to trap nearly all events in the Windows environment. This example shows how to trap mouse events and implements a simple window manager. It allows you to move and resize windows, easily following the style of many window managers in the UNIX X-Window environment.

With this tool, any window on your Desktop can easily be dragged with the left-mouse button while holding down the ALT key, starting anywhere in the window's client area. In the same way, it is possible to resize any window while dragging with the right mouse-button, holding down ALT. That's in my opinion far more comfortable than aiming with the mouse for the border or a corner of the window Smile | :)

The tool consists of two parts. First the main program that loads the second part - a DLL that will subsequently be injected in other processes to trap mouse events. For details about this, you may refer to other great articles at CodeProject as for example Hooks and DLLs by Joseph M. Newcomer in the DLL-section. The main program further installs a tray icon (warning: programmer's art Smile | :) ), that allows the user to quit the tool.

History

  • 06.08.2003

    Initial version.

  • 17.04.2003

    Bug fix: proper handling of Alt-key release while dragging or sizing (thanks Whosit).

  • 10.09.2005

    Bug fix: don't move or resize windows that are maximized (thanks TWink).

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Markus Rollmann
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Comments and Discussions

 
QuestionOK to fork? Pinmemberfoobarz29-Dec-08 11:31 
AnswerRe: OK to fork? PinmemberMarkus Rollmann29-Dec-08 20:40 
GeneralWorks in Vista! PinmemberJXON4-Sep-08 19:49 
GeneralGreat! PinmemberMwob2-May-07 22:18 
GeneralRe: Great! PinmemberAlexHaan3-May-07 0:38 
GeneralAwesome Pinmemberaijfisuhhtrtl16-Apr-07 3:34 
GeneralPrevent Users from Resizing Windows Pinmembermrtm30509-Mar-07 11:14 
Generalis snapping possible Pinmembermmanson13219-Jan-07 9:26 
GeneralTwo suggestions PinsussAnonymous5-Oct-05 1:02 
GeneralRe: Two suggestions PinmemberMarkus Rollmann5-Oct-05 1:16 
GeneralCursor shape PinmemberEric Lapouge22-Sep-05 21:32 
GeneralBugs and Improvements PinmemberTwink7-Sep-05 13:54 
GeneralRe: Bugs and Improvements PinmemberMarkus Rollmann10-Sep-05 0:30 
GeneralRe: Bugs and Improvements PinmemberTwink11-Sep-05 14:47 
Questionbug? Pinmemberp1ayer7-Jul-03 19:27 
AnswerRe: bug? PinmemberMarkus Rollmann7-Jul-03 20:23 
GeneralGreat technique PinmemberVernero Cifagni17-Apr-03 2:26 
This is really great! Thank you for sharing it!
I really do not understand the relatively low average rating... Maybe too many of us rely on pictures...
However, here is my 5!
Generalvery creative, so 5 points! PinmemberZhefu Zhang17-Apr-03 2:13 
General(update) PinmemberMarkus Rollmann17-Apr-03 1:59 
GeneralRe: (update) PinmemberWhosit17-Apr-03 3:37 
GeneralDoesnt forget right away PinmemberWhosit16-Apr-03 10:31 
GeneralRe: Doesnt forget right away PinmemberMarkus Rollmann16-Apr-03 10:40 
GeneralRe: Doesnt forget right away PinmemberWhosit16-Apr-03 10:47 
GeneralRe: Doesnt forget right away PinmemberMarkus Rollmann16-Apr-03 10:59 
GeneralChange for override PinmemberWhosit16-Apr-03 10:55 

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