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Hello!  I am trying to setup a full screen borderless window that will allow me to see Windows 8 music/search charms.  Similar to this:




How would I allow the search and music controls to show up over the game? Also,  how I would I go about enabling the Windows Key and FN Shortcuts in DirectInput? Here is my window code:

			DEVMODE dmScreenSettings;
			int posX, posY;
			ApplicationHandle = this;
			hInstance = GetModuleHandle(NULL);
			wc.lpfnWndProc = WndProc;
			wc.cbClsExtra = 0;
			wc.cbWndExtra = 0;
			wc.hInstance = hInstance;
			wc.hIcon = LoadIcon(NULL, ApplicationIcon);
			wc.hIconSm = wc.hIcon;
			wc.hCursor = LoadCursor(NULL, IDC_ARROW);
			wc.hbrBackground = (HBRUSH) GetStockObject(BLACK_BRUSH);
			wc.lpszMenuName = NULL;
			wc.lpszClassName = Title;
			wc.cbSize = sizeof(WNDCLASSEX);


			width = GetSystemMetrics(SM_CXSCREEN);
			height = GetSystemMetrics(SM_CYSCREEN);

			if (FullScreen)
				posX = posY = 0;

				if (!Borderless)
					memset(&dmScreenSettings, 0, sizeof(dmScreenSettings));
					dmScreenSettings.dmSize = sizeof(dmScreenSettings);
					dmScreenSettings.dmPelsWidth = (unsigned long) width;
					dmScreenSettings.dmPelsHeight = (unsigned long) height;
					dmScreenSettings.dmBitsPerPel = 32;
					dmScreenSettings.dmFields = DM_BITSPERPEL | DM_PELSWIDTH | DM_PELSHEIGHT;

					ChangeDisplaySettings(&dmScreenSettings, CDS_FULLSCREEN);
				width = DefaultWindowedWidth;
				height = DefaultWindowedHeight;
				posX = (GetSystemMetrics(SM_CXSCREEN) - width) / 2;
				posY = 3;
				/*posY = (GetSystemMetrics(SM_CYSCREEN) - screenHeight) / 2;*/

			if (Borderless)
				Window = CreateWindowEx(WS_EX_APPWINDOW, Title, Title, WS_CLIPSIBLINGS | WS_CLIPCHILDREN | WS_POPUP, posX, posY, width, height, NULL, NULL, hInstance, NULL);
				Window = CreateWindowEx(WS_EX_APPWINDOW, Title, Title, WS_CLIPSIBLINGS | WS_CLIPCHILDREN, posX, posY, width, height, NULL, NULL, hInstance, NULL);

			if (Window == NULL)
				return false;

			ShowWindow(Window, SW_SHOW);

Thanks! smile.png

Edited by KoldGames

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A wild guess would be to handle <WIN>+W and pass it to DefWindowProc?


I don't know if you can still slide from the right if you have a fullscreen window on a touch enabled screen & windows 8 - I don't have one to test with. I sort of doubt it, unless you handle the touch gestures yourself and pass that to the OS. I suspect that not many have touch screen monitors or laptops...



Edit to add - if you fixed the problem would you mind sharing so others have the benefit of your wisdom smile.png

Edited by mark ds

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Hey! I found what was preventing me from using the Windows or FN keys.  During the setup of DirectInput,  I was setting the keyboard's cooperative level to DISCL_EXCLUSIVE. So I changed I changed it to DISCL_NONEXCLUSIVE and was able to bring up the search bar by using WIN + S.  I fixed the borderless window problem by creating a window as usual, using WS_POPUP in CreateWindowEx, and setting fullscreen to false during the creation of my GPU Device/Context. Thanks! smile.png



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