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Most forms can be moved by dragging whilst holding down the mouse on the form title bar. However, this isn't possible for a borderless form.

This example app shows how a borderless form can be moved using a mouse down event.

Doing this requires just one line of code:

      DragFormWindow Me

The DragFormWindow function uses two simple API calls.


Option Compare Database
Option Explicit

Public Const HT_CAPTION = &H2

' 32/64 Bit Windows API calls for VBA 7 (A2010 or later)

'Sends the specified message to a window or windows.
'The SendMessage function calls the window procedure for the specified window
'and does not return until the window procedure has processed the message.
Public Declare PtrSafe Function SendMessage Lib "user32" Alias "SendMessageA" (ByVal hWnd As LongPtr, _
      ByVal wMsg As Long, ByVal wParam As LongPtr, lParam As Any) As LongPtr

'Releases the mouse capture from a window in the current thread and restores normal mouse input processing.
Public Declare PtrSafe Function ReleaseCapture Lib "user32.dll" () As Long


'Use the following code in a mouse down event:
'DragFormWindow Me
Public Function DragFormWindow(frm As Form)
      With frm
            SendMessage .hWnd, WM_NCLBUTTONDOWN, HT_CAPTION, 0
      End With

End Function

The attached example app includes all the above code in the module modMoveForm

It contains one form with mouse down events on several form objects. For example:

Private Sub Detail_MouseDown(Button As Integer, Shift As Integer, X As Single, Y As Single)
      DragFormWindow Me
End Sub


Private Sub FormHeader_MouseDown(Button As Integer, Shift As Integer, X As Single, Y As Single)
      DragFormWindow Me
End Sub

Drag the form to a new position whilst holding down the left mouse button on any blank area in the form header and detail sections.
Areas with no mouse move event (e.g. form footer) do not support form movement by dragging


Here is a short video (0:07) with no audio demonstrating the code being used:

I have also created a longer video (4:06) for YouTube to explain how this code is used
You can watch the Move Borderless Form Using Mouse Down Event video on my Isladogs YouTube channel or you can click below:

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Click to download:   Move Borderless Form     ACCDB file     Approx 0.5 MB (zipped)

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Unzip and save the ACCDB file to a trusted location.

More Examples

I use this code in several of my example apps available on this website. For example:

      Control the Application Interface

      Centre Form On Screen

      An Attention Seeking Database

The code is particularly useful for borderless forms but it can be used on any type of form.

The second part of this article extends this approach to also allow borderless forms to be resized using a combination of mouse down and mouse move events.


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Colin Riddington           Mendip Data Systems                 Last Updated 14 Mar 2024

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