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Tip of the Day
Language: Visual Basic
Expertise: Beginner
Aug 6, 1997

Positioning a Common Dialog

If you are you unhappy with Microsoft's comment in the help ("Note: You cannot specify where a common dialog box is displayed"), but like the idea of common dialog controls, try this.

Start a hidden dummy form instead of calling the open dialog box directly from your main form:

 
(frmDummy_OpenSaveAs.Hide),





Define the Left and Top properties as you wish and then start the common dialog box from this form. On a Windows 95 system using the 32-bit version of Visual Basic, the open dialog box appears exactly over the left/top coordinates of the form that called the dialog box. This also works if the calling form is hidden and not visible to the user.

Reinhard Salchner
 
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