Have you ever wanted a message box that times out? Well here you go.
Using the code
- Add MessageBoxEx.cs to your project or assembly your project references.
MessageBox.Show(...); calls to
- That's it!
MessageBoxEx has all 12 of the
- The timeout is expressed in milliseconds.
MessageBoxEx does not support reentrancy. Good thing too. Why would you want to have more than one message box at the same time?
- If the user doesn't press a button before the timeout elapses the function will return the
DialogResult of the messagebox dialogs default button.
How does it work?
Just before calling
SetWindowsHookEx(WH_CALLWNDPROCRET, ...) is called. The hook proc looks for a
WM_INITDIALOG on a window with text equal to the message box caption. A windows timer is started on that window with the appropriate timeout. When the timeout fires
EndDialog is called with the result set to the dialog default button ID. You can get that ID by sending a dialog box a
DM_GETDEFID message. Pretty simple.
KB318804: HOW TO: Set a Windows Hook in Visual C#.NET
GipsySoft: http://www.gipsysoft.com/messagebox. You'll find a C++ implementation with many more features.