disabling all buttons on a panel

I want to disable all the buttons placed on a panel at once.

I can disable then using Panel1.enabled := false, but this doesn't give the buttons the disabled look...

So is there a way of disabling all the objects on the panel, AND giving them the disabled appearance, with one function(?) call...

Thanks
rafyAsked:
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JaccoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There is no single function call to do that.

You can do two things to achieve your goal:

1: Derive a new component from TPanel letting it have a new property Enabled

type
  TEnabledPanel = class(TPanel)
  private
    function GetEnabled : Boolean;
    function SetEnabled(Value : Boolean);
  published
    property Enabled : Boolean read GetEnabled write SetEnabled;
  end;

inplementation

function TEnabledPanel.GetEnabled : Boolean;
begin
  Result := inherited Enabled;
end;

function TEnabledPanel.SetEnabled(Value : Boolean);
var
  iControl : Integer;
begin
  if Value<>inherited Enabled then begin
    inherited Enabled := Value;
    for iControl:=0 to ControlCount do begin
      Controls[iControl].Enabled := Value;
    end;
  end;
end;

2. Make a globally accessable function the disables all controls on the panel and call that one in stead of setting the property


function DisablePanel(APanel : TPanel; AEnabled : Boolean);
var
  iControl : Integer;
begin
  with APanel do begin
    for iControl:=0 to ControlCount do begin
      Controls[iControl].Enabled := AEnabled;
    end;
  end;
end;

Why didn't they implement it at Borland:

I think it is a "bug" in the Delphi VCL. The problem with doing it is if you switch the Panel from Enabled to Disabled yopu should store the actual value of the Enabled property of al controls on the panel to be able to restore them.

This isn't supported in the code above but can be implemented.

If you want I can help you with it.

Hope this helps you.

Regards Jacco
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rickpetCommented:
Okay...you need to change
    for iControl:=0 to ControlCount do begin

to :
    for iControl:=0 to ControlCount -1 do begin

Note if another type of object is dropped on the component how do we handle this...like Buttons and a GroupBox (with more buttons dropped on the GroupBox) dropped on a Panel.  If we disable the GroupBox should we also disable all the GroupBox's children???I think this is why Borland(Inprise) didn't handle this.  Easy enough to fix try this...

procedure EnableChildren(Enabled: boolean; Control: TWinControl);
var
  i: integer;
begin
  for i:= 0 to Control.ControlCount -1 do
    if ((Control.Controls[i]) is TControl) then
      if ((Control.Controls[i]) is TWinControl) and (TWinControl(Control.Controls[i]).ControlCount > 0) then
        CheckChildren(Enabled,TWinControl(Control.Controls[i]))
      else
        TControl(Control.Controls[i]).Enabled := Enabled;
end;

Rick
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rickpetCommented:
oops...changed the name to better name and forgot to change the recursion call also...

procedure EnableChildren(Enabled: boolean; Control: TWinControl);
var
  i: integer;
begin
  for i:= 0 to Control.ControlCount -1 do
    if ((Control.Controls[i]) is TControl) then
      if ((Control.Controls[i]) is TWinControl) and (TWinControl(Control.Controls[i]).ControlCount > 0) then
        EnableChildren(Enabled,TWinControl(Control.Controls[i]))
      else
        TControl(Control.Controls[i]).Enabled := Enabled;
end;

Rick
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rafyAuthor Commented:
Thank you both (but I gotta give the points to Jacco, since he answered first)... exactly what I was looking for.
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