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    dizolve
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    Transparency

    Does anyone know how I would make a window transparent? I'm not talking about a window I make, I mean a window of any given program. I'm aware that this can really only be done in 2K/XP, so I need to know how to do it there and if I'm wrong and it is possible in 98/ME/etc., please let me know. Thanks. ;)

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    If you get a pointer to the window (FindWindow() ext....) you might be able to do this as per the normal methods

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    Hey. I created a transparent window a while ago, it was done through DirectX programming. I simply initialized DX, then set the window to take FULL use of the screen. Now I forget exactly how I did it, but I used Sunlight's DirectX tutorial to figure this out. I simply changed background colours or something. (Values go from -15 to 15 for this one structure or something and its one of these values that gets your a transparent window.)

    I was running Windows ME at the time.

    Thats the only way I know of so far.

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    Originally posted by tyouk

    Thats the only way I know of so far.

    If you are targetting a decent version of windows (2K,XP - NOT 98/95/ME) then you can follow the method here

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