Create a Top-Most form

The following code can be used to force your form to the top of the z-order. Use this functionality with care since it’s bad practice to hog the topmost position which could obscure other important functionality.

private void Form1_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)


      //get handle

      this.Capture = true;

      IntPtr hwnd = OpenNETCF.Win32.Win32Window.GetCapture();

      this.Capture = false;


      //set foreground

      OpenNETCF.Win32.Win32Window.SetWindowPos(hwnd, Win32Window.SetWindowPosZOrder.HWND_TOPMOST, 0, 0, 0, 0, Win32Window.SetWindowPosFlags.SWP_NOMOVE | Win32Window.SetWindowPosFlags.SWP_NOSIZE | Win32Window.SetWindowPosFlags.SWP_SHOWWINDOW);



Note that this code cannot be placed in the form constructor, since the native form has yet to be created so a valid window handle won’t be returned. Here the code is placed into the Form_Load method.

In .NETCF 2.0 you can set the TopMost property of your form which removes the need for any of this interop (Thanks Daniel Moth for correcting this).

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