Hiding the console window?

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    Hiding the console window?

    I wrote a short application that searches for a file. If it finds it, it will run it... if it doesn't, it will ask if you want to install it.

    The application is a console application. While it is searching, I would like to hide the console window. Is this possible?

    Note 1: I've tested it with Notepad.exe and it works, finding it and running it when I press any key...

    Note 2: I am using Visual C++ as my compiler.

    Thanks,

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    Minimize it? or don't show the bar in the staus bar?

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    Sorry, I should have mentioned that... I would like to not show it at all but if that isn't an option, I'd like to minimize it and / or not show it in the taskbar.

    Thanks.
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    In MSVC, create a new Win32 Application. Put your code inside WinMain. Simple, no window, nothing. If you want to alert the user of something, use MessageBox();

    This is what the main cpp would look like:
    Code:
    int APIENTRY WinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance,
                         HINSTANCE hPrevInstance,
                         LPSTR     lpCmdLine,
                         int       nCmdShow)
    {
     	MessageBox(NULL, "Hi", "I'm alerting you!", 0);
    
    	return 0;
    }

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    No, he wants to be using a console app, open a prog from within that, and then hide the console app window, right?

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    You can use FreeConsole() & Alloc Console() to detach your apps from the console (It doent really work it you run it from a command prmopt though - only from double clicking the program).......

    Code:
    #include <windows.h>
    #include <iostream>
    using namespace std;
    
    int main()
    {
    	cout << "Woohoo...I am on the console!!" << endl;
    	Sleep(2000);
    	FreeConsole();
    	MessageBox(HWND_DESKTOP,
    		"Woohoo...I have killed the console!!","Sigh :(",
    		MB_OK | MB_ICONEXCLAMATION);
    	AllocConsole();
    	cout << "Woohoo...The console lives again!!" << endl;
    	Sleep(2000);
    	FreeConsole();
    	MessageBox(HWND_DESKTOP,
    		"Er....that's it!!","Bah!! :(",
    		MB_OK | MB_ICONEXCLAMATION);
    
    	return 0;
    }
    Once more though...if you are really concerned about your programs on-screen actions, then you should look to building a GUI application....a console isnt built to look nice on screen

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    Thanks, I was reading about FreeConsole() on msdn.microsoft.com but wasn't sure how to implement it.

    I originally tried to make a Win32 app but kept getting all sorts of compile errors about unresolved external references in one of the include files... so I abandoned the idea.

    But... for some reason, I was able to create both the Console version and the Win32 version today... guess sleep is useful after all.

    Xeno
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