unable to call windows API "FindWindow" and errors in using calllib

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I want to use the windows api of "FindWindow" to get the handle of an opened window. The following is the code.
addpath('C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Include\um');
loadlibrary('user32.dll', 'Windows.h','alias','user');
calllib('user','FindWindow','SunAwtCanvas','MATLAB R2014b');
But somehow when I want to list the functions contained in user32 using the "libfunctions", Matlab tells me that "No methods for class lib.user". And then an error comes out:
Error using calllib
Method was not found.
It confuses me a lot. What's wrong with calllib? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Accepted Answer

Philip Borghesani
Philip Borghesani on 20 Mar 2015
Edited: Philip Borghesani on 20 Mar 2015
Loading a Windows dll via windows.h is not a simple task and is quite slow. The best solution for a few functions is to create you own header for the functions you wish to call and use that. For FindWindow this could just contain:
void * FindWindowA ( char* lpClassName , char * lpWindowName );
Note that the usable function from matlab is FindWindowA.
The reason you found no functions was that most of the functions in user32 are in the header "WinUser.h" which must be added with the addheader option to loadlibrary. I determined this by searching for FindWindow in all the windows headers. I was able to load many functions from user32.dll using this process:
  1. Create a prototype file: [nf,warn]=loadlibrary('user32.dll', 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Include\um\windows.h','alias','user','includepath','C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Include\um\','includepath','C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Include\shared\','addheader','WinUser','mfilename','user_proto');
  2. Unload the library
  3. Edit the prototype file 'user_proto.m' to remove the first few functions that come through with calltypes of 'cdecl' and 'stdcall'
  4. Load the library:
[nf,warn]=loadlibrary('user32.dll', @user_proto,'alias','user');
In future MATLAB sessions only step 4 is needed.
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QiQin Zhan
QiQin Zhan on 22 Mar 2015
Thank you for your answer and that's exactly what I want. Hope that those who meet the same problems will see your answer

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QiQin Zhan
QiQin Zhan on 20 Mar 2015
Does anyone have some ideas?

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