BringWindowToTop function (winuser.h)

Brings the specified window to the top of the Z order. If the window is a top-level window, it is activated. If the window is a child window, the top-level parent window associated with the child window is activated.


BOOL BringWindowToTop(
  [in] HWND hWnd


[in] hWnd

Type: HWND

A handle to the window to bring to the top of the Z order.

Return value

Type: BOOL

If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero.

If the function fails, the return value is zero. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.


Use the BringWindowToTop function to uncover any window that is partially or completely obscured by other windows.

Calling this function is similar to calling the SetWindowPos function to change a window's position in the Z order. BringWindowToTop does not make a window a top-level window.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header winuser.h (include Windows.h)
Library User32.lib
DLL User32.dll
API set ext-ms-win-ntuser-window-l1-1-0 (introduced in Windows 8)

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