TRegistry.WriteBinaryData

I fail understand how to use this thingy.

I understand using eg;
Type
TWriteToReg = record
  str: string;
  i: integer;
end;

But:
Type
TWriteToReg = record
  Font: TFont;
end;

How do I:
var
  f: WriteToReg;
begin
  f.Font:=TFont(aDefinedFont);
  registryInitialized.WriteBinaryData('Font', f, sizeOf(f));
end;

How should this be done correct?
How do I then restore it with ReadBinaryData correct?
BerntAsked:
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vladikaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Variable of Object type internally presents as pointer.
So, what do you want? Save pointer into registry?
Why?

If you want save object into registry then
see my PAQ Q.10058990

From PAQ:

Create wrapper class as
type
  TWrapper = class(TComponent)
  private
    FItem: TPersistent;
  published
    property Item: TPersistent read FItem write FItem;
  end;

Now you can store any object inherited from TPersistent.
For example
  Wrapper.Item := Form.Font;
  Stream.WriteComponent(Wrapper);
or
  Wrapper.Item := Form.Font;
  Stream.ReadComponent(Wrapper);

Here is full example
type
  TForm1 = class(TForm)
    WriteFontBtn: TButton;
    ReadFontBtn: TButton;
    procedure WriteFontBtnClick(Sender: TObject);
    procedure ReadFontBtnClick(Sender: TObject);
  private
    { Private declarations }
  public
    { Public declarations }
  end;

  TWrapper = class(TComponent)
  private
    FItem: TPersistent;
  published
    property Item: TPersistent read FItem write FItem;
  end;

var
  Form1: TForm1;

implementation

{$R *.DFM}

const RegPath = 'Software\Test\Properties';

procedure TForm1.WriteFontBtnClick(Sender: TObject);
var Stream: TMemoryStream;
    Wrapper: TWrapper;
    Reg: TRegistry;
    Memory: Pointer;
begin
  Wrapper := TWrapper.Create(nil);
  try
    Stream := TMemoryStream.Create;
    try
      Wrapper.Item := Font;  // set reference on Form1.Font
      Stream.WriteComponent(Wrapper); // write Form1.Font into Stream
      Reg := TRegistry.Create;
      try
        Reg.OpenKey(RegPath, True);
        Memory := Stream.Memory;
        Reg.WriteBinaryData('Font', Memory^, Stream.Size);  // write Form1.Font into registry
      finally
        Reg.Free;
      end;
    finally
      Stream.Free;
    end;
  finally
    Wrapper.Free;
  end;
end;

procedure TForm1.ReadFontBtnClick(Sender: TObject);
var Stream: TMemoryStream;
    Wrapper: TWrapper;
    Reg: TRegistry;
    Memory: Pointer;
begin
  Wrapper := TWrapper.Create(nil);
  try
    Stream := TMemoryStream.Create;
    try
      Reg := TRegistry.Create;
      try
        Reg.OpenKey(RegPath, True);
        Stream.Size := Reg.GetDataSize('Font');  // get binary data size
        Memory := Stream.Memory;
        Reg.ReadBinaryData('Font', Memory^, Stream.Size); // read binary data into Stream
      finally
        Reg.Free;
      end;
      Wrapper.Item := Font;  // set reference on Form1.Font
      Stream.ReadComponent(Wrapper); // read Form1.Font
    finally
      Stream.Free;
    end;
  finally
    Wrapper.Free;
  end;
end;
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BerntAuthor Commented:

Best regards and so on... /Bernt Levinsson
http://w1.321.telia.com/~u32102551/
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BerntAuthor Commented:
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BerntAuthor Commented:
It look nice, better then using the TReader I was exprimenting with for restoring a saved Component(I did probebly everything wrong beocuse I wanted to read/write Object).

I want to store a few objects that has some "Sets" in the properties. Some objects has a huge amount of "Sets" so this would be nicer if I can store it like this. For the moment I need to store "none Components", only "Objects" without owner(some private declared items used for the get values when the "user design the application". And before .Free the items I store those "user designed" items.

So, now I'll copy/paste your code and hack around and so where I end up.
Thanks a million!
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