How can I make a 'Partially' modal dialog?
Is there a way to start off showing a dialog modally, but then instead of hiding it, to keep it visible while changing it to a non-modal dialog?
I want to show a dialog, blocking the method that shows the dialog. Then when the user clicks the 'Finish' button on the dialog I want:
- The dialog to remain visible.
- Control to return to the method that showed the dialog.
I've achieved this result by running the dialog on a separate STA thread, and using an event to block the main UI thread until 'Finish' is pressed, but there's a catch to this method: you can click on the close button of the 'main' window while the dialog is visible, and the main window closes when the dialog is hidden.
Thanks for the responses so far. Sorry - it looks like I got the balance wrong between too much background and not enough.
The form is effectively a modal 'wizard' dialog - it appears, sits in front of the main app modally, and then is hidden. So as far as the user's concerned there's no non-standard weirdness going on. The only difference is that the dialog is driven from a series of callbacks from the UI thread, so I don't think making it truly modal (via a call to ShowDialog) for its lifetime would work. The first callback must show the dialog, and then block while the user sets their preferences via the dialog UI. After that, the dialog stays visible and displays a progress bar page while various other callbacks are made from the UI thread. Eventually the form is hidden. The user isn't interacting with the main window while the form is up. As far as they're concerned, it should appear to be 100% modal wrt the main UI thread.
(The form is a dialog for a Visual Studio wizard - these are driven from a series of callbacks on the UI thread). An alternative would be to show the dialog, hide it, immediately show a topmost 'progress' form instead and then hide that, but I think showing a single dialog is more seamless an experience for the user.
Again - sorry for the confusion!