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shellabout (shell32)

C# Signature:


static extern int ShellAbout(IntPtr hWnd, string szApp, string szOtherStuff, IntPtr hIcon);

VB Signature:

Declare Ansi Function ShellAbout Lib "shell32.dll" Alias "ShellAboutA" (ByVal hWnd As IntPtr, ByVal szApp As String, ByVal szOtherStuff As String, ByVal hIcon As IntPtr) As Integer

User-Defined Types:



The ShellAbout function dialog box uses text and a default icon that are specific to either Windows or Windows NT.

To see an example of a ShellAbout dialog box, choose About Windows from the Help menu drop-down list in Windows Explorer.

Windows 95/98/Me: ShellAbout is supported by the Microsoft Layer for Unicode (MSLU). To use MSLU, you must add certain files to your application, as outlined in Microsoft Layer for Unicode on Windows Me/98/95 Systems.

Tips & Tricks:


using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

using System.Reflection;



Sample Code:


ShellAbout(this.Handle, "AppName " + Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().GetName().Version.ToString(), "", IntPtr.Zero);


ShellAbout(Me.Handle, Application.ProductName, "Version: " & Application.ProductVersion, Me.Icon.Handle)

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