Transparently Form?

How to make the Form1 transparent?
rozanekAsked:
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bryanphillipsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I don't remember where I got this information. I have tried to locate information about the author but it is not included in the comments. I appologize to whomever it was and hope that he/she gets credit but everyone should include their name in any publicly available code if they want credit.

That aside, here is one way of doing it:

1) Add a new function to your form definition called Disappear:

procedure TForm1.Disappear;
 Var
   frmRegion, tempRegion: HRGN;
   i: Integer;
   Arect: TRect;
 Begin
   frmRegion := 0;
   For I:= 0 To ControlCount - 1 Do Begin
     // create a region for the control
     aRect := Controls[i].BoundsRect;
     // coordinates have to be window-relative, not client area
     // relative
     OffsetRect( aRect, clientorigin.x - left, clientorigin.y - top );
     tempRegion := CreateRectRgnIndirect( aRect );
     // merge the region with the "summary" region we are
     // building
     If frmRegion = 0 Then
       frmRegion := tempRegion
     Else Begin
       CombineRgn( frmRegion, frmRegion, tempRegion, RGN_OR );
       DeleteObject( tempRegion );
     End;
   End;
   // To create a region for the caption and menu bar and add it
   // to the summary, uncomment this section of code.
{   tempregion :=
     CreateRectRgn( 0, 0, Width,
                    GetSystemMetrics( SM_CYCAPTION )+
                    GetSystemMetrics( SM_CYSIZEFRAME )+
                    GetSystemMetrics( SM_CYMENU ));

   CombineRgn( frmRegion, frmRegion, tempRegion, RGN_OR );
   DeleteObject( tempRegion );
}
   SetWindowRgn( handle, frmRegion, true );
 End;


2) Call this function whenever you want the form to DISAPPEAR! All that's left behind are the visible components.
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erajojCommented:
Hi, is this what you want?:

procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
begin
  Canvas.Brush.Style := bsClear;
end;

/// John
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erajojCommented:
Bryan, your code doesn't make the form transparent, it makes a BIG HOLE IN IT!

/// John
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viktornetCommented:
John's right y'all :)))

Cheers,
Viktor
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ThaddyCommented:
But this will make the border disappear as well:
procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
begin
  Form1.Canvas.Brush.Style := bsClear;
  Form1.Borderstyle:=bsNone;//Yup!, Gone
end;

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viktornetCommented:
C'mon Thaddy Bear :)
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bryanphillipsCommented:
I guess I was confused as to what you wanted. Sorry :).
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bryan7Commented:
Use this to toggle transparent/normal


Drop a panel and 2 buttons to the form and use this:



            unit Unit1;

            interface

            uses
              Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms, Dialogs,
              ExtCtrls, StdCtrls;

            type
              TForm1 = class(TForm)
                Button1: TButton;
                Panel1: TPanel;
                Button2: TButton;
                procedure FormDestroy(Sender: TObject);
                procedure FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
                procedure Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
                procedure Button2Click(Sender: TObject);
                procedure FormResize(Sender: TObject);
              private
                { Private declarations }
                procedure DoVisible;
                procedure DoInvisible;
              public
                { Public declarations }
              end;

            var
              Form1: TForm1;
              FullRgn, ClientRgn, CtlRgn : THandle;

            implementation

            {$R *.DFM}

            procedure TForm1.DoInvisible;
            var
              AControl : TControl;
              A, Margin, X, Y, CtlX, CtlY : Integer;
            begin
              Margin := ( Width - ClientWidth ) div 2;
              //First, get form region
              FullRgn := CreateRectRgn(0, 0, Width, Height);
              //Find client area region
              X := Margin;
              Y := Height - ClientHeight - Margin;
              ClientRgn := CreateRectRgn( X, Y, X + ClientWidth, Y + ClientHeight );
              //'Mask' out all but non-client areas
              CombineRgn( FullRgn, FullRgn, ClientRgn, RGN_DIFF );

              //Now, walk through all the controls on the form and 'OR' them
              // into the existing Full region.
              for A := 0 to ControlCount - 1 do begin
                AControl := Controls[A];
                if ( AControl is TWinControl ) or ( AControl is TGraphicControl )
                    then with AControl do begin
                  if Visible then begin
                    CtlX := X + Left;
                    CtlY := Y + Top;
                    CtlRgn := CreateRectRgn( CtlX, CtlY, CtlX + Width, CtlY + Height );
                    CombineRgn( FullRgn, FullRgn, CtlRgn, RGN_OR );
                  end;
                end;
              end;
              //When the region is all ready, put it into effect:
              SetWindowRgn(Handle, FullRgn, TRUE);
            end;

            procedure TForm1.FormDestroy(Sender: TObject);
            begin
              //Clean up the regions we created
              DeleteObject(ClientRgn);
              DeleteObject(FullRgn);
              DeleteObject(CtlRgn);
            end;

            procedure TForm1.DoVisible;
            begin
              //To restore complete visibility:
              FullRgn := CreateRectRgn(0, 0, Width, Height);
              CombineRgn(FullRgn, FullRgn, FullRgn, RGN_COPY);
              SetWindowRgn(Handle, FullRgn, TRUE);
            end;

            procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
            begin
              //We start out as a transparent form....
              DoInvisible;
              Button1.Caption := 'Hide Form';
            end;

            procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
            begin
              //This button just toggles between transparent and not trans..
              if Button1.Caption = 'Show Form' then begin
                DoVisible;
                Button1.Caption := 'Hide Form';
              end
              else begin
                DoInvisible;
                Button1.Caption := 'Show Form';
              end;
            end;

            procedure TForm1.Button2Click(Sender: TObject);
            begin
              Application.Terminate;
            end;

            procedure TForm1.FormResize(Sender: TObject);
            begin
              //Need to address the transparency if the form gets re-sized.
              //Also, note that Form1 scroll bars are set to VISIBLE/FALSE.
              //I did that to save a little coding here....
              if Button1.Caption = 'Show Form' then
                DoInvisible
              else
                DoVisible;
            end;

            end.

( don't forget to double click on the object inspector events for buttonclick and form create, resize and destroy )

bryan

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rozanekAuthor Commented:
Thank you for help, friend.
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