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Posted 18 Feb 2007

Windows Vista Aero Glass in .NET Managed Win32 Applications

, 18 Feb 2007
Demonstrates the basics of using Aero Glass effects within a .NET managed Win32 Forms application.
*	(C) Copyright 2007, Michael Carlisle (
*	All rights reserved.
*	The code and information is provided "as-is" without waranty of any kind,
*	either expresed or implied.
*	History:
*		18/02/2007	Michael Carlisle				Version 1.0
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
using System.Drawing;

namespace CodeKing.Native
    public static class Win32
        /// <summary>
        /// The struct used to pass the Glass margins to the Win32 API
        /// </summary>
        public struct MARGINS
            public int Left;
            public int Right;
            public int Top;
            public int Bottom;
        /// <summary>
        /// The API used to extend the GLass margins into the client area
        /// </summary>
        [DllImport("dwmapi.dll", PreserveSig = false)]
        public static extern void DwmExtendFrameIntoClientArea(IntPtr hwnd, ref MARGINS margins);

        /// <summary>
        /// Determins whether the Desktop Windows Manager is enabled
        /// and can therefore display Aero 
        /// </summary>
        [DllImport("dwmapi.dll", PreserveSig = false)]
        public static extern bool DwmIsCompositionEnabled();

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Mike Carlisle - Technical Architect with over 20 years experience in a wide range of technologies.


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