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Form.TopMost Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the form should be displayed as a topmost form.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)
public bool TopMost { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true to display the form as a topmost form; otherwise, false. The default is false.

A topmost form is a form that overlaps all the other (non-topmost) forms even if it is not the active or foreground form. Topmost forms are always displayed at the highest point in the z-order of the windows on the desktop. You can use this property to create a form that is always displayed in your application, such as a Find and Replace tool window.

The following code example demonstrates how to create a topmost form. The example creates two forms, one that is maximized and one that will be displayed as a topmost form. The first form, named bottomForm, is displayed maximized, using the WindowState property, to better demonstrate the abilities of the topmost form. The second form, named topMostForm, sets the TopMost property to true to display the form as a topmost form. When this code is run, clicking on the maximized form will not cause the topmost form to be displayed below the maximized form. The example requires that the method defined in the example is called from another form.

private void CreateMyTopMostForm()
{
   // Create lower form to display.
   Form bottomForm = new Form();
   // Display the lower form Maximized to demonstrate effect of TopMost property.
   bottomForm.WindowState = FormWindowState.Maximized;
   // Display the bottom form.
   bottomForm.Show();
   // Create the top most form.
   Form topMostForm = new Form();
   // Set the size of the form larger than the default size.
   topMostForm.Size = new Size(300,300);
   // Set the position of the top most form to center of screen.
   topMostForm.StartPosition = FormStartPosition.CenterScreen;
   // Display the form as top most form.
   topMostForm.TopMost = true;
   topMostForm.Show();
}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0
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