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    Cool VB Popup auto placement inquiry

    Hello all,

    I am very new to Visual Basic, and programming in general. So in advance I apologize. After reading up on Visual Basic via my Library and some tutorials and creating a patchwork script (Non Visual Studio "dot exe"). Refresh.vb I have a script that works great. Below is my v1 script, my inquiry is that I need the placement to do ether of the following 1. automatically go to background, 2. go to bottom right hand corner of the screen. The reasoning is that I need the popup to stay alive to let the users know that it is running, also for the sake of automation it needs to not be in the center of the screen in front of the window it targets.


    Code:
    Version 1
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Begin Code~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Do 
      Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell" ) 
    ' Set the focus to the browser named "NCD"
      objShell.AppActivate "NCD"
    
    ' Send the F5 key for a refresh
      objShell.SendKeys "{F5}"
    
    ' Pop utility - Stop Script option, currently set to stay up 1 second
      iRetVal = objShell.Popup("Stop refreshing script?", 1, "", 4)
      If (iRetVal = 6) Then
         Exit Do
      End If
    
    ' Wait for 10 Minutes
    ' Wscript.Sleep 600000 
    Loop
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~End Code~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    My hopes for my version 2 is what is shown below. I want to remove the sleep function and just adjust the number of seconds the popup stays up. Then auto minimize or move the pop up placement so that it does not stay in the middle of the "NCD" window.


    Code:
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Begin Code~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    '////\\\\\Perhaps do a pre configuration script for all popup placement mode "This confuses me"////\\\\
    Do 
      Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell" ) 
    ' Set the focus to the browser named "NCD"
      objShell.AppActivate "NCD"
    
    ' Send the F5 key for a refresh
      objShell.SendKeys "{F5}"
    
    
    '////\\\\\ Perhaps set the placement in here, a way by pixels?////\\\\
    ' Pop utility - Stop Script option, currently set to stay up 1 second
      iRetVal = objShell.Popup("Stop refreshing script?", 1, "", 4)
      If (iRetVal = 6) Then
         Exit Do
      End If
    Loop
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~End Code~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    If there is any way you can help, this would be much appreciated. I am a big believer that instead of asking how to do something, I should first read up on it, investigate and try to solve it my self. Through a few days of text books and google / bing searches and looking through MSDN I am stumped I am now asking for help.

    I do also want to state that I have created exactly what I need via visual studio, but IT will not approve a Dot exe application for production, this is why it needs to be a " Dot vb" file. For giggles here is the program I created in visual studio.


    Code:
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Begin Code~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Public Class Form1
        Private cancelFlag As Boolean = False
        Dim objShell As Object
    
        Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
            Me.Visible = True
            Dim x As Integer
            Dim y As Integer
            x = Screen.PrimaryScreen.WorkingArea.Width
            y = Screen.PrimaryScreen.WorkingArea.Height - Me.Height
    
            Do Until x = Screen.PrimaryScreen.WorkingArea.Width - Me.Width
                x = x - 1
                Me.Location = New Point(x, y)
            Loop
    
        End Sub
        Private Sub Stroodle_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Stroodle.Click
            Stroodle.Enabled = False
            Stroodle.Visible = False
            OhSnapple.Enabled = True
            OhSnapple.Visible = True
            objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
            ' Set the focus to the browser named "NCD"
            objShell.AppActivate("NCD")
            BackgroundWorker1.RunWorkerAsync()
    
        End Sub
        Private Sub BackgroundWorker1_DoWork(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.ComponentModel.DoWorkEventArgs) Handles BackgroundWorker1.DoWork
            Application.DoEvents()
            Do Until cancelFlag = True
                ' Set the focus to the browser named "NCD"
                objShell.AppActivate("NCD")
                'Send the F5 key for a refresh
                objShell.SendKeys("{F5}")
                ' Wait for 10 Minutes
                System.Threading.Thread.Sleep(600000)
            Loop
    
        End Sub
    
        Private Sub OhSnapple_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles OhSnapple.Click
            cancelFlag = False
            Me.Close()
    
        End Sub
    
    End Class
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~End Code~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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    Last edited by Austregisel; September 28th, 2013 at 12:35 PM.

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