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Default how to use win32 API?

I want to make my winform flash in taskbar or statusbar
if i have to use a win32APi ?
if so ,would flashwindowEx works?
how to use it?
Is there any Example?

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Include this namespace

using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

Declare the struct like this in your project namespace

    namespace XYZ
    public struct FLASHINFO
        public Int32 cbSize;
        public IntPtr hwnd;
        public int dwFlags;
        public UInt32 uCount;
        public int dwTimeout;

And declare this function in your class

        public static extern bool FlashWindowEx(
            ref FLASHINFO fInfo);

and then wherever you wanna call FlashWindowsEx use the code similar to this one

                FLASHINFO fInfo = new FLASHINFO();
                fInfo.cbSize = sizeof(FLASHINFO);
                fInfo.dwFlags = 2;
                fInfo.hwnd = this.Handle;
                fInfo.uCount = 2;
                fInfo.dwTimeout = 0;
                bool result = FlashWindowEx(ref fInfo);

                if (result)
                    MessageBox.Show("Called successfully");

Open winuser.h and see the values for different flags

To be able to build this project you will have to go to
Project->YourProject Properties... , Configuration Properties->Build
and turn the option "Allow Unsafe Blocks" in the list on the right side to True

I know... I'm myself not too pleased with the unsafe block that I had to insert in the code, I'm trying to find a way around, but you have got the lead too, so if your strike first, do let me know.


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