Keep a Form hidden on startup the program...

I'm making a program that uses a sheared Memory code. and the other programs that it loads use the ParmStr(#) to send the program a spical command.  The probleam....  with one command I'm using is to get the program send back a message to the Main program, but I don't want the form to show during the the message be sent.  How can I get around this.  I've tryed to turn the main Form1.Visable to false with little effect.  thanks for any help
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JimBob091197Commented:
I can't quite understand exactly what you want, but to hide the main form do do the following in your project code:

    Application.ShowMainForm := False;

Put this just before the line:
    Application.Run;

JB
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williams2Commented:
Ok! ..I'm not really sure of what you are looking for, but to generate an application or command you just choose Project->Options in the menubar. Then select Linker->Generate console application. Afterwards you choose remove Unit1 (Form1 goes with it). Try and run the project now (It stops immidiatly) (Delphi 2.0 got a bug using this one in win95, therefore I do it this way!)
now you include a new unit (not form).

The Program source looks like:
********************
Program Project1;

uses
  Forms, //You can remove this one.
  Unit1 in 'Unit1.pas';

{$R *.RES}

begin
  Application.Initialize;
  Application.Run;
end.
********************

The Unit should look like:
********************
unit Unit1;

interface

implementation
begin
  write('Hi dude!');
  readln; //This is for the console only to view output before
          //Closing prompt.
end.
********************



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zacCommented:
If you want the form always to show minimsed, the simplest way to do it is in the FormCreate event thus:

procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
begin
  ShowWindow(Handle, SW_MINIMIZE);
end;

This will minimise the form on startup, however if you wish to find out whether the user requested minimsed startup etc then you have to use the following (32 bit only)

procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
var
  MyInfo: TStartUpInfo;
begin
  GetStartUpInfo(MyInfo);
  ShowWindow(Handle, MyInfo.wShowWindow);
end;

Hope it works for you!

Z
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PPaulAuthor Commented:
To JimBob - This was the code I was looking for thanks.... but I can't give you the points for it... If you know a way that I can give you the points thatn tell me.... thanks

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JimBob091197Commented:
If you want my answer, you must reject the proposed answer from Williams2.  Then I will answer the question, and you can grade it.

Regards,
JB
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itamarCommented:
Open your project Unit
Insert the following line before Application.Run:

Application.ShowMainForm := False;
Application.Run; // Keep

If you want to hide the app taskbar icon you can include a initialization clauses in the main form:

initialization
begin
   { To hide the application TASKBAR icon }
   ShowWindow( Application.Handle, SW_HIDE ); // Get it done NOW
   Application.ProcessMessages;
end;

IHTH
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