Docking a Window to screen

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    Docking a Window to screen

    Hello,
    I have an HWND and I want to dock it to the screen like this:
    Dock example with Google Desktop Sidebar

    Stuff to know:
    Maximized windows won't cover the docked window's area.
    Desktop icons will move a bit to the right so they won't be covered by the docked window. (If it's docked to the left and icons are aligned to the left)
    Desktop icons will move a bit down if the window is docked to the top.
    Docked windows can be docked to top, bottom, left and right.
    The Taskbar is a window that is docked to the bottom.

    I tried searching for codes to do that, but none of them worked or did what I want.
    Can someone give me an example code to dock an HWND like that?

    Thanking in advance,
    LIJI.

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    I believe SystemParametersInfo() is the function you're looking for, specifically the SPI_(SET/GET)WORKAREA flags. Googling SPI_SETWORKAREA turns up some code, but the MSDN docs should be enough. Remember to set the desktop back when you're done.
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    Thank you very much, I'll try it tomorrow.

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