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I want to create a program that when executed, behaves like the Windows "Wizard" people are now familiar with.

As an example, look at the Control Panel  |  Add New Hardware utility.  I want my program to look and behave like this one.

What I need advice on is...how do I use the same area on the form to display different things during each step of the process?  If I just drop the components on the form, pretty soon it will get so cluttered I won't be able to see what I am doing.

What is the best way to approach this type of programming?

Thank you,

Tom
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by:inthe
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hi tom,
you could use the visible properties of the components.
visible := true/false ..
either on their own or collectively on a panel or tabsheet etc..
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saulite earned 400 total points
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You must use TPageContron (in Win32 palette). Simply design the tabsheets and then set TabSheetX.TabVisible property to FALSE for every TabSheet. The button 'Next ->>' must change PageControl.ActivePage property to next TabSheet. That's all.
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by:inthe
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mmm...
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by:kretzschmar
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ts, ts, ts
listening . . .
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by:Radler
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Promisses...
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by:Tom Knowlton
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I'll buy that!

Thank you!
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by:inthe
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guess i missed something ..
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by:Tom Knowlton
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inthe:

Oooops.

Geez, sorry about that, inthe!

Tom
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by:cyndiho
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According to Saulite's suggestion, you can design a wizard form with PageControl. But how to make your own wizard behave the same as menu bar?  You can new a package and add your own pas file in it. Plus you need one more pas file to compile successfully. Reference to Demos/ToolsAPI/ActionServices, and you will see.
While compiling, Delphi will add some files to make your package more completely.
After all, you install the package and you will find your wizard under 'Help'.
Try it!!!
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by:cyndiho
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You also can use Notebook control in win3.1.  In pages property.you can add/delete/edit or move up/move down your pages. I used it to make my own wizard. it's very useful for me. FYI!
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by:Tom Knowlton
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Thanks, cyndiho.

Tom
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