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How do you put an icon into a component(that i've made) so that when you install it, it comes up on the component pallete with my own icon?

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A component image (because it's a bitmap, and not an icon) is bitmap resource with a special name contained in a resource file with extension .DCR.

In order to create this resource file, you can use Image Editor (that comes with Delphi).

Here are the steps to follow:
1) Open Image Editor
2) Select File| New | Component Resource File (.dcr). A new resource file with extension .dcr will be created
3) Now select Resource | New | Bitmap. When Image Editor asks for the image size, select 24x24
4) Now just create the bitmap for your component using the tools provided by Image Map.
5) Now close the bitmap. On the untitled.dcr window (the "resource's project"), click once on the Bitmap1 caption and change its name to the name of your component, use all uppercase letters (example: TDBMYEDIT)
6) Save the DCR file using the same name of the PAS file where your component is. If the PAS file is myedit.pas, then save the DCR file as myedit.dcr
7) in the .PAS file for your component, add a line like:
{$R myedit.dcr}
8) Rebuild the package where the component is.
9) That's it.

Yours,

Alex
Athena's Place: http://www.bhnet.com.br/~simonet


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Thanks, very helpfull!!
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