Yesterday I posted a quick update to an article I wrote back in 2007 entitled “How to make a full-screen Windows app using VB.NET”. Aside from 1 or 2 people saying “Oh man why don’t you be a man and write it using C#?” I reckon it’s a good idea to do that anyway. Thanks Scott for the suggestion. 😉 And thanks Phil for pointing me in the right direction with the DLL import stuff. 🙂

So, without any mucking about here’s the exact same complete application example only this time in C#.

Please feel to ask any questions necessary. Thanks!

Form1’s complete source:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

namespace Play
{
    public partial class Form1 : Form
    {

        public Form1()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        [DllImport ("user32.dll")]
        private static extern bool SetWindowPos(IntPtr hWnd, IntPtr hWndIntertAfter, int X, int Y, int cx, int cy, int uFlags);
        [DllImport("user32.dll")]
        private static extern int GetSystemMetrics(int Which);

        private const int SM_CXSCREEN = 0;
        private const int SM_CYSCREEN = 1;
        private IntPtr HWND_TOP = IntPtr.Zero;
        private const int SWP_SHOWWINDOW = 64;

        public int ScreenX
        {
            get
            {
                return GetSystemMetrics(SM_CXSCREEN);
            }
        }

        public int ScreenY
        {
            get
            {
                return GetSystemMetrics(SM_CYSCREEN);
            }
        }

        private void FullScreen()
        {
            this.WindowState = FormWindowState.Maximized;
            this.FormBorderStyle = FormBorderStyle.None;
            this.TopMost = true;
            SetWindowPos(this.Handle, HWND_TOP, 0, 0, ScreenX, ScreenY, SWP_SHOWWINDOW);
        }

        private void Restore()
        {
            this.WindowState = FormWindowState.Normal;
            this.FormBorderStyle = FormBorderStyle.SizableToolWindow;
            this.TopMost = false;
        }

        private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            FullScreen();
        }

        private void cmdRestore_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            Restore();
        }

        private void cmdExit_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            Application.Exit();
        }
    }
}