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Posted on 2006-07-17
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Dear Experts

I wanna write an application if it runs, and user run it again (click on it icon), it doesn't create again and just show previous application as some programs, for example winamp, word and .... u cann't run winamp twice.it should check if it has runned previousely, don't run again
PLZ help me.

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check this
http://delphi.about.com/library/code/ncaa100703a.htm    //source code
http://delphi.about.com/od/windowsshellapi/l/aa100703b.htm // a neat explantion start here


In this article(with soure code) you'll learn how to "run-once enable"
a Delphi application that can check for its previous
(running) instance. Along the process, several techniques
of implementing such a check will be discussed; as well
as how to bring your already running application to the
foreground, if a user tries to run it "one more time". By
the end of the article you'll have a copy-to-go code to
control the behavior of your application's multiple instances:
with the option to limit the number of running instances.

sun4sunday
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by:Wim ten Brink
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TJvAppInstances from the Jedo components (http://homepages.borland.com/jedi/jvcl/) will allow you to limit your application to a specific number of instances. It will also activate the running process if required and is just the simplest way. It also provides you some additional functionality that you might like to use. For example, it can transfer the commandline parameters from the second process to the first one.
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by:kfoster11
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Not sure where I downloaded this freeware control.

ADP Instance control.  Just drop it on the main form and tell it how many instances are allowed.

www.certss.com\downloads\expertexchange\adp.zip
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by:saravananvg
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Hello Sir,

  You could do as follows.


program Project1;

uses
  Windows, Messages, Forms,
  Unit1 in 'Unit1.pas' {MainWindow};

{$R *.res}

begin
if CreateMutex(nil, true, 'MyAppIsAlreadyOpened') <> 0 then
if GetLastError = ERROR_ALREADY_EXISTS then begin
  // app is already opened
  SetForegroundWindow(FindWindow('TMainWindow', 'MainWindow'));
end else begin
  // app is not opened
  Application.Initialize;
  Application.CreateForm(TMainWindow, MainWindow);
  Application.Run;
end;
end.

with regards,
padmaja.
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