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The following code sample shows how to hide the Caption and the border of FoxPro form and replace them with eight Image controls and one Label control. The form is resizable, closable and can be clicked on its caption and dragged.



Basically what is done: the caption and the border of VFP form are mercilessly :) cut off using GDI Region function. The following picture shows the form with all parts visible:



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See also:
  • Customizing the frame of top-level form
  • How to make a VFP form fading out when released (GDI version)
  • A way to make a transparent area in a form -- a hole in the form
  • Round FoxPro form
  • Creating irregularly shaped FoxPro form using transparency color key
  • Semi-transparent Form
  • How to print FoxPro Form
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    9202 bytes  
    Created: 2005-10-30 14:15:20  
    Modified: 2011-01-13 18:31:01  
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    CombineRgn
    CreateEllipticRgn
    CreateRectRgn
    DeleteObject
    GetSystemMetrics
    ReleaseCapture
    SendMessage
    SetWindowRgn
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    My comment:
    Note: Visual FoxPro stores a single image in memory internally. If you use that image multiple times, Visual FoxPro renders it the same way regardless of RotateFlip.

    If you want to display the same image multiple times in various rotations, rename each copy of the image that you use. If you issue the CLEAR...RESOURCES command, Visual FoxPro reloads the image into memory and loses any prior GDI+ settings.

    See also:
  • VFPSkin (Pablo J. Molina and Daniel Diaz)
  • More than one way to skin a fox... (Andy Kramek and Marcia Akins)
  • Skinning a Form in Visual FoxPro (Craig Boyd)
  • The skinny fox (Boudewijn Lutgerink)

    A possible follow-up for VFP9:
  • How To Draw a Custom Window Caption
    After doing a quick test I think it may work, though it is better be programmed outside of VFP.

    The WM_NCACTIVATE message is sent to a window when its nonclient area needs to be changed to indicate an active or inactive state. FoxPro form receives this message only when it is top-level form (ShowWindow=2) -- ?

    The WM_NCPAINT message is sent to a window when its frame must be painted.
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    User Contributed Notes:
    George Castillo | 2006-04-06 15:29:32
    Can you put a example form with the code on it, for people to download.

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