Creating an unmovable dialog

Someone recently asked in the MSDN forums how to create an unmovable dialog using MFC. The simplest way to do this is to remove SC_MOVE from the dialog’s system menu. This can be easily done in OnInitDialog :-

CMenu* pSysMenu = GetSystemMenu(FALSE);
if (pSysMenu != NULL)
    pSysMenu->RemoveMenu(SC_MOVE, MF_BYCOMMAND);

Obviously, you need to think of why you’d want to do soemthing like this. I personally would find it very annoying if some app I installed prevented me from moving its main dialog. Though perhaps it would be okay if there was a way to minimize the app. An alternate way would be to prevent the dialog from moving via the mouse, but to still enable keyboard-based moving. To do that, we handle WM_NCHITTEST and do something like this :-

LRESULT CUnmovableDlg::OnNcHitTest(CPoint point)
    LRESULT result = CDialog::OnNcHitTest(point);
    return result == HTCAPTION ? HTCLIENT : result;

We treat HTCAPTION like HTCLIENT, so now the user cannot drag/move using the title bar. He can still move it via the keyboard (assuming you have not removed SC_MOVE). Once again, unless you have a very good reason, this is not something I would recommend at all.