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How is it possible in Delphi to make a .cpl file? and how could you make your standard Delphi program run with that extension?
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by:andrewjb
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You got Delphi pro? Don't you just do "New" and choose 'Control Panel appliction' of the 'Other' options somewhere?
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by:Wim ten Brink
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andrewjb is right. Use File|New|Control Panel Application

When you create a new CPL project, you get a TAppletModule which is a kind of data module with special events to support a control panel. You can even add more of those panels if you like. Control Panel Applications have a special entry point called "CPlApplet" which is required.

Let's quote cpl.pas:
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General rules for being installed in the Control Panel:
      1) The DLL must export a function named CPlApplet which will handle the messages discussed below.
      2) If the applet needs to save information in CONTROL.INI minimize clutter by using the application name [MMCPL.appletname].
      3) If the applet is refrenced in CONTROL.INI under [MMCPL] use the following form:
              ...
              [MMCPL]
              uniqueName=c:\mydir\myapplet.dll
              ...
  The order applet DLL's are loaded by CONTROL.EXE is:
      1) MAIN.CPL is loaded from the windows system directory.
      2) Installable drivers that are loaded and export the CplApplet() routine.
      3) DLL's specified in the [MMCPL] section of CONTROL.INI.
      4) DLL's named *.CPL from windows system directory.

 CONTROL.EXE will answer this message and launch an applet

 WM_CPL_LAUNCH
      wParam      - window handle of calling app
      lParam      - LPTSTR of name of applet to launch

 WM_CPL_LAUNCHED
      wParam      - TRUE/FALSE if applet was launched
      lParam      - NULL

 CONTROL.EXE will post this message to the caller when the applet returns (ie., when wParam is a valid window handle)
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In Delphi, the related units are CPL and CtlPanel. It is possible to make an executable that runs both as stand-alone exe and as CPL application but in general it's better to split this functionality. But if you really want to do this, create a CPlApplet according to above syntax and export it. Rename the exe to .cpl or include {$E cpl} in your project source.
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by:KLOPEKS
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I'm not to familiar with Control Panel Application, but i have an existing program that i would like to run as one, so do i make a dll, or add my current code to a CPlApplet ?  
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