This function brings the specified window to the top of the z-order. If the window is a top-level window, it is activated. If the window is a child window, the top-level parent window associated with the child window is activated.

BOOL BringWindowToTop( 
HWND hWnd );


  • hWnd
    Handle to the window to bring to the top of the z-order.

Return Values

Nonzero indicates success. Zero indicates failure. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.


Use the BringWindowToTop function to uncover any window that is partially or completely obscured by other windows.

Calling this function is similar to calling the SetWindowPos function to change a windows position in the z-order. BringWindowToTop does not make a window a top-level window.

If an application is not in the foreground and wants to be in the foreground, it should call the SetForegroundWindow function.


Runs on Versions Defined in Include Link to
Windows CE OS 1.0 and later Winuser.h    

Note   This API is part of the complete Windows CE OS package as provided by Microsoft. The functionality of a particular platform is determined by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and some devices may not support this API.

See Also

SetWindowPos, SetForegroundWindow

 Last updated on Tuesday, July 13, 2004

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