Today I was building a simple simulator to test some events to a new piece of hardware I’m working on. Of course, I’m using WPF to show the simulator – and I wanted to create a topmost window that did not have a Close button on it. Imagine my surprise when I realized there was not a set of flags you could supply to the Window object to actually achieve this result!
However, with a little Win32 mojo we can get the desired effect:
public partial class MainWindow
SourceInitialized += MainWindow_SourceInitialized;
void MainWindow_SourceInitialized(object sender, EventArgs e)
WindowInteropHelper wih = new WindowInteropHelper(this);
int style = GetWindowLong(wih.Handle, GWL_STYLE);
SetWindowLong(wih.Handle, GWL_STYLE, style & ~WS_SYSMENU);
private const int GWL_STYLE = -16;
private const int WS_SYSMENU = 0x00080000;
private extern static int SetWindowLong(IntPtr hwnd, int index, int value);
private extern static int GetWindowLong(IntPtr hwnd, int index);
The key here is hooking the SourceInitialized event and then using the SetWindowLong function to strip off the WS_SYSMENU bit. You can just cut/paste this code right into your solution.