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How to make a tool window that can be active all the time (both main window and tool window are active), just like in photoshop?
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Not sure if I understand your question. But have tried using MDI.

From Delphi Help
"o create a new MDI application,

1     Select File|New to bring up the New Items dialog.
2     Click on the Projects page and select MDI Application.
3     Click OK.

MDI applications require more planning and are somewhat more complex to design than SDI applications. MDI applications spawn child windows that reside within the client window; the main form contains child forms. Set the FormStyle property of the TForm object to specify whether a form is a child (fsMDIForm) or main form (fsMDIChild). It is a good idea to define a base class for your child forms and derive each child form from this class, to avoid having to reset the child form’s properties."
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"Any form can be implemented as a multiple document interface (MDI) or single document interface (SDI) form. In an MDI application, more than one document or child window can be opened within a single parent window. This is common in applications such as spreadsheets or word processors. An SDI application, in contrast, normally contains a single document view. To make your form an SDI application, set the FormStyle property of your Form object to fsNormal.

For more information on developing the UI for an application, see Developing the application user interface."
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TCustomForm.FormStyle
"Determines the form’s style.

type TFormStyle = (fsNormal, fsMDIChild, fsMDIForm, fsStayOnTop);
property FormStyle: TFormStyle;

Description

Use FormStyle to get or set the form’s style. FormStyle is one of the following values:

Value     Meaning

fsNormal     The form is neither an MDI parent window nor an MDI child window.
fsMDIChild     The form is an MDI child window.
fsMDIForm     The form is an MDI parent window.
fsStayOnTop     This form remains on top of the desktop and of other forms in the project, except any others that also have FormStyle set to fsStayOnTop. If one fsStayOntop form launches another, neither form will consistently remain on top.

If the form is the main form of an MDI application, its FormStyle property must be set to fsMDIForm.

Note:     It is not advisable to change FormStyle at runtime."


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Someone Tells me to use wm_paint message to simulate the color of an active form,.... I'd like to try that,...
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