Wpf – How to remove minimize and maximize buttons from a resizable window


WPF doesn't provide the ability to have a window that allows resize but doesn't have maximize or minimize buttons. I'd like to able to make such a window so I can have resizable dialog boxes.

I'm aware the solution will mean using pinvoke but I'm not sure what to call and how. A search of pinvoke.net didn't turn up any thing that jumped out at me as what I needed, mainly I'm sure because Windows Forms does provide the CanMinimize and CanMaximize properties on its windows.

Could someone point me towards or provide code (C# preferred) on how to do this?

Best Solution

I've stolen some code I found on the MSDN forums and made an extension method on the Window class, like this:

internal static class WindowExtensions
    // from winuser.h
    private const int GWL_STYLE      = -16,
                      WS_MAXIMIZEBOX = 0x10000,
                      WS_MINIMIZEBOX = 0x20000;

    extern private static int GetWindowLong(IntPtr hwnd, int index);

    extern private static int SetWindowLong(IntPtr hwnd, int index, int value);

    internal static void HideMinimizeAndMaximizeButtons(this Window window)
        IntPtr hwnd = new System.Windows.Interop.WindowInteropHelper(window).Handle;
        var currentStyle = GetWindowLong(hwnd, GWL_STYLE);

        SetWindowLong(hwnd, GWL_STYLE, (currentStyle & ~WS_MAXIMIZEBOX & ~WS_MINIMIZEBOX));

The only other thing to remember is that for some reason this doesn't work from a window's constructor. I got around that by chucking this into the constructor:

this.SourceInitialized += (x, y) =>

Hope this helps!

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