Whenever the system time or the display resolution changes, Windows sends all the top-level windows (forms, in VB jargon) the WM_TIMECHANGE or WM_DISPLAYCHANGE message, respectively. Therefore, you can easily determine when these system-wide settings change by subclassing any form in your application, which is especially useful with the MsgHook DLL.
Using the same method you can also trap other system-wide messages, such as the WM_COMPACTING message, which Windows sends when it's short on memory:
Note that you can indirectly trap this messages also by using the SysInfo.Ocx control, which exposes them as events. Using the subclassing technique outlined here you don't need any additional component except MsgHook.Dll (which you can use for other subclassing jobs).
' REQUIRES THE MSGHOOK.DLL COMPONENT
' you can omit the following constant definitions,
' because they are defined in the MsgHook type library
Const WM_TIMECHANGE = &H1E
Const WM_DISPLAYCHANGE = &H7E
Const WM_COMPACTING = &H41
Dim WithEvents FormHook As MsgHook
Private Sub Form_Load()
' start form subclassing with events
Set FormHook = New MsgHook
Private Sub FormHook_AfterMessage(ByVal uMsg As Long, ByVal wParam As Long, _
ByVal lParam As Long, retValue As Long)
Select Case uMsg
' The screen resolution has changed.
' ... (add here your procedure to resize your forms) ...
' System date/time has changed.
' Windows is low in memory (release resources if possible).
' ... (release as many resources as possible) ...