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    Vista Aero

    Hello. How can I enable the cool vista aero effects within my vb.net application? I wish to make portions of the form, or prehaps even the whole form, have the transparent glass effect. Any thoughts?
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    Re: Vista Aero

    Nice signature there.
    Which version of .NET are you using? Have you heard about Windows Presentation foundation? Or even simpler, have you tried setting the Opacity property of the form?

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    Re: Vista Aero

    Think you misspelled the link, otherwise, you forgot this:

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    Re: Vista Aero

    Haha thanks guys. I am currently using VB.NET 2005. Adjusting the opacity just changes the visibility of the form. I am looking to use the windows API if it is available to create the glass look for portions of my form.

    Another unreleated question, do any of you know how to make vista go to sleep with a function withing VB.NET? I was looking and could not find anything. Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Vista Aero

    Good to see you again TCanuck!

    To get the Aero Glass effect, I think you can try the DwmExtendFrameIntoClientArea API. I stand corrected though, but test this application on your Vista, as only Vista supports the Desktop Window Manager DLLs

    I hope it helps
    Last edited by HanneSThEGreaT; December 19th, 2008 at 02:21 AM.

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    Re: Vista Aero

    The above post by Hannes is basically based on WPF. Look at this link on MSDN.
    Added the link..
    http://blogs.msdn.com/tims/archive/2...18/578637.aspx
    Last edited by Shuja Ali; March 10th, 2008 at 01:45 PM.

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    Re: Vista Aero

    This is an older thread, but I found it with a direct google search.
    Since, there isn't a complete answer to this question in the forum, I figured this may help someone else searching for a quick answer.
    Although, Hannes was right ofcourse.

    Code:
        Private Declare Function apiDwmExtendFrameIntoClientArea Lib "dwmapi" Alias "DwmExtendFrameIntoClientArea" (ByVal hWnd As Int32, ByRef pMarinset As MARGINS) As Int32
        Private Declare Function apiDwmIsCompositionEnabled Lib "dwmapi" Alias "DwmIsCompositionEnabled" (ByRef enabledptr As Boolean) As Boolean
        Public Structure MARGINS
            Public cxLeftWidth, cxRightWidth, cyTopHeight, cyBottomHeight As Int32
        End Structure
    
        Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
         
            If IsAeroEnabled() = True Then
                Me.BackColor = Color.Black
                GlossWindow(Me.Handle.ToInt32, -1, 0, 0, 0)
            End If
    
        End Sub
    
        Public Function IsAeroEnabled() As Boolean
            apiDwmIsCompositionEnabled(IsAeroEnabled)
        End Function
    
        Public Sub GlossWindow(ByVal hWnd As Int32, ByVal leftMargin As Int32, ByVal rightMargin As Int32, ByVal topMargin As Int32, ByVal bottomMargin As Int32)
            Dim margins As New MARGINS
            margins.cxLeftWidth = leftMargin
            margins.cxRightWidth = rightMargin
            margins.cyTopHeight = topMargin
            margins.cyBottomHeight = bottomMargin
            apiDwmExtendFrameIntoClientArea(hWnd, margins)
        End Sub
    Last edited by TT(n); October 7th, 2009 at 10:31 AM.

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    Re: Vista Aero

    Remember that the Aero theming is not available in Vista Home Basic or Windows 7 Starter editions
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