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How does one go about creating dockable menus like the one in the Delphi 4 IDE using components shipped with Delphi 4?
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philipleighs

Drop a controlbar on your form(from the addtional palette) then drop a toolbar(from your win32 palette) on to that.  Right click on the toolbar and choose add button.

Know drop a main menu component on you form add a File heading with a few items, then click on your button you created give the caption the same name as the File heading eg. &File, now set the menu property Automerge to true.

Then on the button look for the property MenuItem, drop down the list and choose File1.  Then on the toolbar look for the property Flat set it to true, Finally on the toolbar look for the property ShowCaptions set this to true aswell...

Then compile and there you have it the way borland did it...

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Hi BoRiS,

The menu does not act completely like D4.

Once a menu is dropped down (say the File menu), moving the mouse over the Edit menu does not open the Edit menu and close the File menu.

Also when the file menu is open, pressing the right cursor key does not open the Edit menu.

Maybe these two issues require minor tweaks so I'll accept your answer if you add a comment with a workaround, otherwise I'll reopen the question.

Cheers,
Phil.

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philipleighs

Sorry I should have included this in the explanation, all you need to do is set the grouped property to true on all the buttons, this way they act exactly as a main menu...

What the grouped property does is allow only 1 button at a time to be selected...

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BoRiS
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Thanks BoRiS.
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