Toggle the caption (title) bar of a form at run time

How can you toggle the caption bar of the main form at run time? In other words I want to be able to show and hide the caption (title) bar at run time.
mdlittleAsked:
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interCommented:
There may be other ways but as far as I know:

To off caption:

  LockWindowUpdate(Handle); // prevent flicker
  Form1.Caption := '';
  Form1.BorderIcons := [];
  Form1.BorderStyle := bsNone;
  LockWindowUpdate(Handle);

To on

  LockWindowUpdate(Handle); //prevent flicker
  Form1.Caption := 'My form caption';
  Form1.BorderIcons :=[biSystemMenu, biMinimize, biMaximize];
  Form1.BorderStyle := bsSizeable;
  LockWindowUpdate(Handle);

Regards
Igor


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MikeP090797Commented:
I don't know much about Delphi, but you can use the SetWindowLong with GWL_STYLE to set a new style for the window, without the caption. Get the previous one, and remove WS_CAPTION from it
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mdlittleAuthor Commented:
This kinda works. I really need to keep the sizeable border, though. Here is how I currently remove the caption:

If the form's class declaration:
procedure CreateParams(var Params: TCreateParams); override;

The actual procedure:
procedure TfrmMain.CreateParams(var Params: TCreateParams);
begin
  inherited CreateParams(Params);
  with Params do
    Style := (Style or WS_POPUP) and (not WS_DLGFRAME);
end;

Now, how do I get the title bar back at run time if I want???
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TheSwineCommented:
Try this:
in The CreateParams add condition based on some member of the object, Somthing like :

inherited CreateParams....
if CaptionExist then
  with Params do...
else
  ....

and whenever you want to change your state call ReCreateWND.
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TheSwineCommented:
and try this one too:

procedure ...
begin
  SetWindowLong(Handle,GWL_STYLE,     GetWindowLong(Handle,GWL_STYLE) AND NOT WS_CAPTION);
  ClientHeight := Height;
end;
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TheSwineCommented:
mdlittle, Which one you use the first or the second one?
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mdlittleAuthor Commented:
I tried the second and (I'm a bit new to Delphi) have not yet figured out how to make the caption reappear. The first one reinitializes my application so I would have to do some heavy recoding to use it. I like the second but have not figured out how to use SetWindowLong to get the caption back. Any suggestion?
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TheSwineCommented:
var
  FormerHeight, Gap : Integer;
begin
  FormerHeight := Height;
  SetWindowLong(Handle,GWL_STYLE, GetWindowLong(Handle,GWL_STYLE) AND WS_CAPTION);
  ReCreateWnd;
  Gap := Height - FormerHeight;
  Height := Height - Gap;
end;

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mdlittleAuthor Commented:
OK. I made some minor mods to the TForm.show event and now my program does not reinitialize when doing the above. This works great thanks for your help. BTW, am I correct in understanding that ReCreateWnd only recreates the form but leaves your applications memory intact?
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TheSwineCommented:
Kind of.
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