#include <windows.h>
#include <shellapi.h>

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
	ShowWindow(FindWindow(NULL, "Calculator"), SW_HIDE);
	return 0;

ok well if i dont have the sleep(1000); there it doesnt hide the window.
i want it to load the window hidden, not hide it once its loaded.

Does anyone have any suggestions.

Note: I have also tried CreateProcess() with the startup params.

Didn't the startup params in CreateProcess() work?


It is not possible to start a new GUI program without a window. It only works for console programs.

Does anyone have any suggestions.

Whether or not a given application starts up as hidden depends on how the application is coded. I.e. it may be that calc, for example, ensures that it starts up with a visible window.

what about for example, internet explorer or firefox?

i know hiding firefox/internet explorer on startup (ie it doesnt show at all) is possible in VB but why doesn't it work for c++?

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