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Windows Mobile 6.5: Changed Screen Geometry

Screen layout changes from Windows Mobile 6.1 to Windows Mobile Embedded Handheld 6.5

The Windows Mobile screen geometry changed from Windows Mobile 6.1 and before to the actual Windows Mobile 6.5 (also called Windows Embedded Handheld). Not only the geometry changed, the layout also changed. The Start icon is now moved to the bottom whereas before WM65 the start icon was on the left in the taskbar.

wm61screen   wm65screen

The taskbar and the menubar was about 26 pixels in height. With WM65 the taskbar is about 18 pixels in height and the menu bar occupies 34 pixels in height.

QVGA screen geometry

Windows Mobile 6.1

Windows Mobile 6.5







client size



client size height no taskbar



client size height no menubar



You can see that assuming a fixed client size will give problems with the layout of the application, especially if menubar and taskbar height are assumed as being 26 pixels all the time.

Applications that only use the client size with the taskbar and menubar visible, will show normally, as the resulting client size does not differ between WM61 and WM65.

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iLock: a tool to lock the startup process of a windows mobile device

In commercial environments, we are often asked about KioskMode support for Windows Mobile device. Unfortunately the consumer OS Windows Mobile does not support a Kiosk Mode.
To workaround this, a programmer has to use several techniques to prevent the user from changing settings or playing games on a Windows Mobile device that is running for example a Direct Delivery Store application. But this blog entry is not about what the programmer can do to lock the user in his/her application.

The iLock tool is a fast starting locking application that will lock the user from changing settings or starting unwanted applications until the productive application has been started. Why do you possibly need such a tool? It is because your application may need some more time to startup than this simple and native iLock Windows C application.

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