Control - Prevent Another Application From Losing Focus

Nov 23, 2011

I'm creating some software to keep my students on task. I've set it up so that I can control certain aspects of their computer from my computer. Problem is, I'm not sure how to control other applications from my application. I mostly just want to prevent it from being minimized. Some students like to switch screens quickly when I walk by. I would just like to make sure that it is always on top until I specify otherwise. I'm using VB.net, I'm using the 3.5 .net framework for compatibility reasons.

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