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Get the Active Control of the Foreground Window

 
Place the code below in a standard module.
 
 
Option Explicit

Private Declare Function GetForegroundWindow Lib "user32" () As Long
Private Declare Function AttachThreadInput Lib "user32" (ByVal idAttach As Long, ByVal idAttachTo As Long, ByVal fAttach As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function GetWindowThreadProcessId Lib "user32" (ByVal hWnd As Long, lpdwProcessId As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function GetFocus Lib "user32" () As Long



'GetFocus systemwide-----------------------------------------
'returns the hWnd of the Active control of the specified app
'if no hwnd is specified the App in the foreground is checked
Public Function ActiveWindowsControl(Optional hWnd As Long) As Long
    'By Arthur Marks, arthurruhtra@netscape.net
    'Use at your own risk...
    Dim OtherThreadID As Long
    
    If hWnd = 0 Then
        'get main window handle - (Screen.ActiveControl.hWnd only good for my app)
        hWnd = GetForegroundWindow
    End If
    
    'get thread ID of other window
    OtherThreadID = GetWindowThreadProcessId(hWnd, ByVal 0)
    
    'For GetFocus to work within another app we must attatch it's thread input
    'I'm not sure of the ramifications of this (please tell if you know)
    If OtherThreadID <> App.ThreadID Then 
        
        'doesn't always work if my thread goes first 
        If AttachThreadInput(OtherThreadID, App.ThreadID, 1) Then  'attach
            'attach was successful
            ActiveWindowsControl = GetFocus '(would return zero if foreign window and not attached)
            AttachThreadInput App.ThreadID, OtherThreadID, 0 'release
        End If

    Else
        'let's not be narcissistic; dont't attach if same thread
        ActiveWindowsControl = GetFocus
    End If

End Function