sometimes you might want to ‘lock’ the screen, better say: disable touch input. For example, if you put the device in a pocket, to avoid accidentally tapped screen elements.
It took me a long time and deep searches and trials to find out, how that could be done. Beside there is a API function called
DisableTouch, you need to reboot to re-enable touch screen input. The corresponding API
EnableTouch() needs a function pointer as callback for touch input processing. How could you provide some?
Fortunately I found
TouchUnregisterWindow. Although I do not know exactly what they are for and there is NO documentation to find anywhere. The only references I found was about transcriber input and at the TouchLockPro code.
I managed to use the functions easily after some digging in the TouchLockPro (sourceforge project) code. TouchLockPro disables touch screen input by creating a window of zero size and registering this with
WndProc of this zero size window does nothing and the screen is ‘blocked’ for touch input.
But there is an easier use: you can just register the desktop window handle of Windows Mobile. If you use it with
(), the touch input is no more forwarded to the mobile screen elements. To ‘unlock’ touch screen input, you just have to call
TouchUnregisterWindow() with the handle of the desktop window (
Looking thru the window list with CE remote Spy you will see two Desktop windows:
GetDesktopWindow() will return the non-zero one.
Now, you know an easy way to lock and unlock the touch screen input.
If you are coding a kiosk mode app, it may be easier to just code some ‘ignore input’ function without using
TouchUnregisterWindow of touch.dll.
BTW: you should use these two functions with dynamically.