passing a string as a component name

hi,
I have a form with 100 checkboxes and some images on it.
they are named A1,A2,A3,A4,A5,A6 Etc..and B1,B2 ,B3

i declare a type

Type
  THackCheckbox = class(TCheckbox);

also declare THackimage = class(TImage)

for instance a string var s is  = A4 (which is name of component)

so now i could do

 THackCheckbox(A4).SetChecked(True) and it works ok

but i need to do

 THackCheckbox(s).SetChecked(True)
or
THackImage(s).MouseDown(mbleft,[],THackImage(s).left,THackImage(s).top)

which both fails miserably with some message about s is not a component name .

i tried  various "as component"  etc but no luck,is it possible to pass string as component name like this?
im sure ive seen this done before by simonet but cant find relevent q.

Regards Barry
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kretzschmarConnect With a Mentor Commented:
what about

var
 cb : thackcheckbox;
begin
 cb := findcomponent('yourString');
 if cb <> nil then
   cb.setchecked(true);
end;

meikl ;-)
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ITugayCommented:
Hi Barry,

do you mean somethong like this?

var
  C: TComponent;
begin
  C := FindComponent('CheckBox5');
  if C is TCheckBox then
    (C as TCheckBox).Checked := True;
end;

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ITugayCommented:
too late :-)
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kretzschmarCommented:
would i not say, igor,
even my code was from head,
and i see at your code,
that i've done a mistake
(cb must be tcomponent->i guess)

meikl ;-)
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ITugayCommented:
hi meikl:-)

seems it doesn't matter in this case. Magic word was "FindComponent".

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Igor.
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intheAuthor Commented:
ahhh yes findomponent will do it
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