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How to: Keep a Windows Form on Top

Starting with the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system, a top-most form always stays in front of all windows in a given application. In Microsoft Windows 98, a top-most form stays in front of all windows in all applications. For example, you may want to keep a floating tool window in front of your application's main window. The TopMost property controls whether a form is a top-most form. A top-most form will always float above other, non–top-most forms even when it is not active.

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To make a form the top-most form in a Windows Forms application at design time

  • In the Properties window, set the TopMost property to true.

To make a form the top-most form in a Windows Forms application programmatically

  • In a procedure, set the TopMost property to true.

    Public sub MakeOnTop()
       myTopForm.TopMost = True
    End Sub
    

    public void MakeOnTop()
    {
       myTopForm.TopMost = true;
    }
    

    public void MakeOnTop()
    {
       myTopForm.set_TopMost(true);
    }
    

    public:
       void MakeOnTop()
       {
          myTopForm->TopMost = true;
       }
    
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