Place Animated Cursors in Standard Messsageboxes

Category:
System/API
Type:
Modules
Difficulty:
Advanced
Author:
Brian Reilly

Version Compatibility: Visual Basic 6, Visual Basic 5

More information:
It is possible to hook messages associated with the standard message box to play around with its restricted form (e.g. change button captions, etc.) This example goes a bit further and allows the changing of the icon from one of the four available to any (static) icon. Also, a routine is included to place an animated icon (*.ani file) on a form, or anything that has a hwnd property. By finding the hwnd of the Msgbox icon in the hook procedure, the animation can be placed in the msgbox, as shown in this example.

Note: animated icons cannot usually be loaded from resource files in Windows 9.X (they can be in NT, and Windows 2000), and must be loaded from a file. When expanding this zip, tick "use folder names" so the example program can find the anis in the proper place.


Instructions: Click the link below to download the code. Select 'Save' from the IE popup dialog. Once downloaded, open the .zip file from your local drive using WinZip or a comparable program to view the contents.

Download extended_msgbox.zip