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Windows Mobile – the no-go world of Function Keys


I want to summarize the role of function keys in Windows Mobile, former Pocket PC, as I got several questions each week on how to use or enable Function keys in this or that application.

Here is a simple information about how function keys work in Windows Mobile.

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Mobile Development – subclassing the Camera View (CameraCaptureDialog, SHCameraCapture)

If you are running a kiosk mode app but need to provide the camercapture dialog on Windows Mobile 5 or later, you may need to disable the one or other click in the CameraCapture dialog.

This article uses a technique known as subclassing as already used and decribed in my StartButtonHookWM65 article. For the CameraCapture dialog the code has been revised and you can now subclass any known window class and disable clicks within the Windows Mobile menu bar.

        private string _winClassName = "HHTaskbar";
        public string winClassName
            get { return _winClassName; }
            set {
                if (this.oldWndProc == IntPtr.Zero) //only allow change before subclassing
                    _winClassName = value;
        /// <summary>
        /// SubClassing: Install the wndproc hook
        /// </summary>
        /// <returns></returns>
        private bool hookWindow()
            //find the window to hook
            IntPtr hWndHooked = FindWindow(_winClassName, IntPtr.Zero);
            if (hWndHooked == IntPtr.Zero)
                return false;
            //enable the taskbar, not realy necessary
            EnableWindow(hWndHooked, true);
            //already installed?
            if (oldWndProc == IntPtr.Zero)
                //find the menu_worker window
                IntPtr hwndMenu_Worker = FindWindow("menu_worker", IntPtr.Zero);
                if (hwndMenu_Worker != IntPtr.Zero)
                    //get the child window which has the buttons on it
                    IntPtr hwndToolbar = GetWindow(hwndMenu_Worker, GetWindow_Cmd.GW_CHILD);
                    if (hwndToolbar != IntPtr.Zero)
                        _mHwnd = hwndToolbar;       //store to remember
                        SubclassHWnd(hwndToolbar);  //subclass the wndproc
            return true;

As the call to CameraCaptureDialog will block and you can not subclass it before it is launched, I use a timer that will subclass the dialog assuming it will show after the call to .ShowDialog().

        private System.Windows.Forms.Timer timer;
        hwndutils subClassUtils;
        private void ShowCamera()
            CameraCaptureDialog cdlg = new CameraCaptureDialog();
            cdlg.InitialDirectory = "\\My Documents";
            cdlg.Mode = CameraCaptureMode.Still;
            cdlg.Owner = this.pictureBox1;
            cdlg.StillQuality = CameraCaptureStillQuality.High;
            cdlg.Title = "Take a picture and Select";
            cdlg.Resolution = new Size(240, 320);
            cdlg.VideoTypes = CameraCaptureVideoTypes.All;

            //subclass main window with delay
            subClassUtils = new hwndutils();
            timer = new Timer();
            timer.Interval = 1000;
            timer.Tick += new EventHandler(timer_Tick);
            timer.Enabled = true;

            DialogResult dRes = cdlg.ShowDialog();
        void timer_Tick(object sender, EventArgs e)
            subClassUtils.winClassName = "Camera View";
            subClassUtils.CloseButtonDisabled = true;
                timer.Enabled = false;


In the line “subClassUtils.CloseButtonDisabled = true;” the subclassing (or the hook) will be activated and clicks on (OK) will not be accepted.

Code subclassing.cs download: [Download not found]

Windows Mobile: Disable Low Battery Warning

Although I dont recommend this, it may be usefull if your kiosk mode app watches and manages the battery level: you can disable the low battery warning. Sometimes such hacks are hard to find, now there is one more location in internet.

In the registry find the key


This is the entry responsible for low battery warnings

Add a new REG_SZ key: “Default” with for example the text “Low Battery Warning”

"Default"="Low Battery Warning"

This entry is used to display the notification in the list of notifications in Start-Settings-Sounds&Notifications. To disable the notification itself it is not really necessary, but easier to control.

The Options entry in the registry defines which options your selected in Start-Settings-Sounds&Notifications, for example play a sound or display a user notification. Set Options to REG_DWORD=0x00 and there will be no notification when the battery goes down to 10% (depends on the device) and lower.

Here is the change in full:


You need to reboot the device after the change!

Only a small tipp

Mobile Development: a native remote desktop client (rdesktop port win32)

The famous rdesktop running natively on windows ce and windows mobile

Intro and Background

Some times ago I found that message of Jay Sorg and retrieved a copy of his code for a native rdesktop win32 version. I played a little and got the code compile with Visual Studio 2005 with the Windows Mobile SDK.

I tried to implement windows clipboard support to enhance the transfer of texts between the client and server, but unfortunately I was not successful yet. Hopefully someone jumps in and helps enhancing the code and adds some features.

Rdesktop is open source and you can go with the wince implementation here, but if it does not work for you, you have either change the code yourself (and publish it) or find someone that is able to do for you.

There is a template uiports/xxxwin.c in the actual rdesktop source you can use as a starter to compile the actual rdesktop version for windows mobile if you manage to get all the dependencies to work. If you success, forget this post and go with this version (maybe you leave me a note?).

Why another Remote Desktop/Terminal Server Client?

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