Microsoft KB Archive/69895
PRB: Activating Full-Screen DOS App from Icon in Enhanced Mode
The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) versions 3.0, 3.1
In Microsoft Windows enhanced mode, when an application calls the OpenIcon or ShowWindows functions to activate a full-screen MS-DOS application from an icon, the activation fails. These functions perform as documented in real and standard mode.
To avoid this problem, simulate the result of an ALT+TAB key combination on the MS-DOS application icon: Send a WM_ACTIVATE message to the MS-DOS application, and then specify its handle in a call to ShowWindow function. For example:
SendMessage(hDOSApp, WM_ACTIVATE, 1, MAKELONG(hDOSApp, TRUE)); ShowWindow(hDOSApp, SW_SHOWNORMAL);
When the application sends the WM_ACTIVATE message, wParam is set to 1 because the application is being invoked by simulating the keyboard. The high-order word of lParam is set to TRUE (non-zero) because the MS-DOS application is represented by an icon.
The method works in all three Windows modes for windowed and full- screen MS-DOS applications.
Additional query words: 3.00 3.10
Issue type :
Technology : kbAudDeveloper kbWin3xSearch kbSDKSearch kbWinSDKSearch kbWinSDK300 kbWinSDK310
Last Reviewed: November 6, 1999