Re: SetLayeredWindowAttributes()?

"Igor Tandetnik" <>
Fri, 19 Sep 2008 14:14:42 -0400
Vincent Fatica <> wrote:

The docs say: "once SetLayeredWindowAttributes has been called for a
layered window, subsequent UpdateLayeredWindow calls will fail until
the layering style bit is cleared and set again".

That seems pretty straightforward, but I find that I can freely make
a layered window (text with alpha, transparent background) "blink"
with code like that below and without explicitly touching the
layering style bit.

case WM_TIMER :
if ( wParam == FLASH_TIMER )
if ( pOSD->bToggle )
SetLayeredWindowAttributes(hWnd, CR_BACK, 0,
SetLayeredWindowAttributes(hWnd, CR_BACK, pOSD->alpha,
pOSD->bToggle = !pOSD->bToggle;

Though I haven't checked the return value,
SetLayeredWindowAttributes() does not seem to be failing.

The documentation you quoted doesn't say anything about
SetLayeredWindowAttributes failing. It promises that UpdateLayeredWindow
calls will fail. But you don't make any.
With best wishes,
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