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Visual Basic (Microsoft) Versions 5/6 FAQ

API

How can I turn on the windows screen saver? by Michael42
Posted: 13 Feb 03

Microsoft Windows starts screen savers through the System-menu box on a form. The System-menu box is also known as the Control-menu box in Visual Basic. You can send Windows messages to the Control-menu box by using the SendMessage Windows API (application programming interface) function.

Add the following to the general declarations section of Form1, or to
a .Bas module file, in Visual Basic:

 ' The following Declare statement must be on one, single line:
   Declare Function SendMessage Lib "User" (ByVal hWnd As Integer,
  ByVal wMsg As Integer, ByVal wParam As Integer, lParam As Any) As Long

In the following example, a command button starts the Form1 screen saver:

   Sub Command1_Click ()
      Dim result As Long
      Const WM_SYSCOMMAND = &H112

      Const SC_SCREENSAVE = &HF140
      result = SendMessage(Form1.hWnd, WM_SYSCOMMAND, SC_SCREENSAVE, 0&)
   End Sub


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