How to hide a Console Window in C# and VB.NET

To hide a Console Window in C# and VB.NET you can use the following snippet.

Sample C#

public static class Consoles
{
	[DllImport("user32.dll")]
	public static extern IntPtr FindWindow(string lpClassName, string lpWindowName);

	[DllImport("user32.dll")]
	public static extern bool ShowWindow(IntPtr hWnd, int nCmdShow);

	public static void SetConsoleWindowVisibility(bool visible, IntPtr hWnd)
	{
		ShowWindow(hWnd, !visible ? 0 : 1);
	}
}

usage:

var hWnd = Consoles.FindWindow(null, Console.Title);
Consoles.SetConsoleWindowVisibility(false, hWnd);

Sample VB.NET

Public NotInheritable Class Consoles
	Private Sub New()
	End Sub
	<DllImport("user32.dll")> _
	Public Shared Function FindWindow(lpClassName As String, lpWindowName As String) As IntPtr
	End Function

	<DllImport("user32.dll")> _
	Public Shared Function ShowWindow(hWnd As IntPtr, nCmdShow As Integer) As Boolean
	End Function

	Public Shared Sub SetConsoleWindowVisibility(visible As Boolean, hWnd As IntPtr)
		ShowWindow(hWnd, If(Not visible, 0, 1))
	End Sub
End Class

usage:

Dim hWnd = Consoles.FindWindow(Nothing, Console.Title)
Consoles.SetConsoleWindowVisibility(False, hWnd)

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How to use the Microsoft Speech API in VBScript

To use the Microsoft Speech API in VBScript you can use the following snippet.

Sample VBScript

dim sTextToSpeech 
sTextToSpeech = "HELLO WORLD!"
set ObjVoice = CreateObject("SAPI.SpVoice") 
ObjVoice.Speak sTextToSpeech 

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