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A C# Library that provides an Asynchronous MessageBox
using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
using System.Threading;
using System.Windows.Forms;
namespace NonModalMessageBox
{
/// <summary>
/// Provides an asyncronous MessageBox. You can use this static class to
/// present a message to the usser while your code can continue to run.
/// You can attach to the AsynMessagebox.MessageboxClosed event to get the
/// result from the dialog once the user does close it.
/// </summary>
public static class AsyncMessageBox
{
private static readonly IntPtr HWND_TOPMOST = new IntPtr(-1);
private static readonly uint SWP_NOMOVE = 0x0002;
private static readonly uint SWP_NOSIZE = 0x0001;
private static readonly uint SWP_SHOWWINDOW = 0x0040;
[DllImport("user32")]
private static extern IntPtr FindWindow(string PstrClassName, string PstrCaption);
[DllImport("user32")]
private static extern void SetWindowPos(IntPtr PintWnd, IntPtr PintWndInsertAfter, int PintX, int PintY, int PintCx, int PintCy, uint uFlags);
public delegate void MessageBoxClosedHandler(object PobjSender, MessageBoxClosedEventArgs PobjEventArgs);
public static event MessageBoxClosedHandler MessageBoxClosed;
private static bool MbolAlreadyShowing = false;
/// <summary>
/// Shows an asyncronous dialog
/// Fires the MessageBoxClosed event when it is closed.
/// This is a static messagebox, so only one can be displayed at a time
/// Once called, the event handler is detached
/// </summary>
/// <param name="PstrText">The message in the message box</param>
/// <param name="PstrCaption">The cpation on the message box</param>
/// <param name="PobjButtons">The buttons for the message box</param>
/// <param name="PobjIcon">The icon for the messafe box</param>
/// <param name="PobjDefault">The default button selected in the messagebox</param>
/// <returns></returns>
public static bool Show(string PstrText, string PstrCaption = "", MessageBoxButtons PobjButtons = MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon PobjIcon = MessageBoxIcon.None, MessageBoxDefaultButton PobjDefault = MessageBoxDefaultButton.Button1)
{
try
{
if (MbolAlreadyShowing) return false; // failed - already displayed
DialogResult LobjResult = DialogResult.None;
// start a thread to show the dialog
new Thread(() => {
MbolAlreadyShowing = true;
LobjResult = MessageBox.Show(PstrText, PstrCaption, PobjButtons, PobjIcon, PobjDefault);
MbolAlreadyShowing = false;
}).Start();
// start a separate thread to wait for the result from above
new Thread(() => {
// now make it topmost
IntPtr LintHwnd = FindWindow("#32770", PstrCaption);
SetWindowPos(LintHwnd, HWND_TOPMOST, 0, 0, 0, 0, SWP_NOSIZE | SWP_NOMOVE | SWP_SHOWWINDOW);
// Stay here until we get a result
while (LobjResult == DialogResult.None)
{
Thread.Sleep(10);
Application.DoEvents();
}
// create a hidden form so we can invoke back to the UI thread
// otherwise anyone attached to the event handler will get an
// exception if they try anything with the UI
using (Form LobjForm = new Form { ShowInTaskbar = false, Opacity = 0 })
{
LobjForm.Show(); // show hidden form - ui thread
// fire the event
LobjForm.Invoke(new Action(() => {
MessageBoxClosed?.Invoke(new object(), new MessageBoxClosedEventArgs(LobjResult));
MessageBoxClosed = null; // important to release this
}));
LobjForm.Close(); // close hidden form
}
}).Start();
return true; // created
}
catch
{
return false; // failed
}
}
}
/// <summary>
/// Event arguments for an AsyncMessageBox
/// </summary>
public class MessageBoxClosedEventArgs
{
public DialogResult Result { get; private set; }
public MessageBoxClosedEventArgs(DialogResult PobjResult)
{
Result = PobjResult;
}
}
}
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