Creating a splash screen in Visual Studio

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Hello, I am a game and software developer. I am planning on making a game in C++ possibly with Java in it too. I was working on making a game launcher and I opened Photoshop to make a logo. I saw the splash screen-loading screen thing when I opened it up(For context: When you open Photoshop or other Adobe apps the window that pops up but is not recognized as a window) I wanted to try and make something like this that would work on windows and mac. If you have any suggestions, please help

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  1. Minxin Yu 8,186 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi, @LP

    For Windows project, you could set WS_EX_TOOLWINDOW style to achieve window that pops up but is not recognized as a window.

    Currently Q&A C++ does not support development for mac, and Visual Studio for mac does not have a C++ component. If you need mac solutions, please go to mac development related forums such as
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    #include <windows.h>
    #include <tchar.h>
    LRESULT CALLBACK WndProc(HWND hwnd, UINT msg, WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam);
    int WINAPI WinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance, HINSTANCE hPrevInstance, LPSTR lpCmdLine, int nCmdShow)
        WNDCLASSEX wc = { sizeof(WNDCLASSEX), CS_CLASSDC, WndProc, 0L, 0L, GetModuleHandle(NULL), NULL, NULL, NULL, NULL, _T("MyWindowClass"), NULL };
        HWND hwnd = CreateWindow(wc.lpszClassName, _T("My Window"), WS_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW, 100, 100, 640, 480, NULL, NULL, wc.hInstance, NULL);
        SetWindowLong(hwnd, GWL_EXSTYLE, GetWindowLong(hwnd, GWL_EXSTYLE) | WS_EX_TOOLWINDOW);
        ShowWindow(hwnd, SW_SHOW);
        MSG msg;
        while (GetMessage(&msg, NULL, 0, 0))
        return 0;
    LRESULT CALLBACK WndProc(HWND hwnd, UINT msg, WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam)
        switch (msg)
        case WM_CLOSE:
        case WM_DESTROY:
            return DefWindowProc(hwnd, msg, wParam, lParam);
        return 0;

    Best regards,

    Minxin Yu

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