hide TWebBrowser

I need to make TWebBrowser not visible but operate same like visible?
Let say put on hiden form but stil load pages normaly. is it posible?
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Russell LibbyConnect With a Mentor Software Engineer, Advisory Commented:

The simplest way is to set the width and or height to zero, which allows it operate normally and still fire the events correctly.

Regards,
Russell

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Ivanov_GCommented:
or put a TPanel over it.
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TheRealLokiSenior DeveloperCommented:
just create it dynamincally, so that it is not visible

unit Unit1;

interface

uses
  Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms, Dialogs,
  StdCtrls, OleCtrls, SHDocVw_TLB;

type
  TForm1 = class(TForm)
    Memo1: TMemo;
    bgo: TButton;
    procedure bgoClick(Sender: TObject);
    procedure FormDestroy(Sender: TObject);
    procedure FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
  private
    { Private declarations }
    HiddenWebBrowser: TWebBrowser;
    procedure HiddenWebBrowser_BeforeNavigate2(Sender: TObject;
      const pDisp: IDispatch; var URL, Flags, TargetFrameName, PostData,
      Headers: OleVariant; var Cancel: WordBool);
    procedure HiddenWebBrowser_NavigateComplete2(Sender: TObject;
      const pDisp: IDispatch; var URL: OleVariant);
    procedure HiddenWebBrowser_NavigateError(Sender: TObject;
      const pDisp: IDispatch; var URL, Frame, StatusCode: OleVariant;
      var Cancel: WordBool);
  public
    { Public declarations }
  end;

var
  Form1: TForm1;

implementation

{$R *.DFM}

procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
begin
    // create our hidden webbrowser
    HiddenWebBrowser := TWebBrowser.Create(nil);
    HiddenWebBrowser.OnBeforeNavigate2 := HiddenWebBrowser_BeforeNavigate2;
    HiddenWebBrowser.OnNavigateComplete2 := HiddenWebBrowser_NavigateComplete2;
    HiddenWebBrowser.OnNavigateError := HiddenWebBrowser_NavigateError;
end;

procedure TForm1.FormDestroy(Sender: TObject);
begin
    if assigned(HiddenWebBrowser) then
      FreeAndNil(HiddenWebBrowser);
end;

procedure TForm1.HiddenWebBrowser_BeforeNavigate2(Sender: TObject;
  const pDisp: IDispatch; var URL, Flags, TargetFrameName, PostData,
  Headers: OleVariant; var Cancel: WordBool);
begin
    memo1.lines.add('before navigate: ' + url);
end;

procedure TForm1.HiddenWebBrowser_NavigateComplete2(Sender: TObject;
  const pDisp: IDispatch; var URL: OleVariant);
begin
    memo1.lines.add('navigate complete: ' + url);
end;

procedure TForm1.HiddenWebBrowser_NavigateError(Sender: TObject;
  const pDisp: IDispatch; var URL, Frame, StatusCode: OleVariant;
  var Cancel: WordBool);
begin
    memo1.lines.add('navigate error: ' + url + #13#10 + statuscode);
end;

procedure TForm1.bgoClick(Sender: TObject);
begin
    HiddenWebBrowser.Navigate('http://yahoo.com');
end;

end.
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Russell LibbySoftware Engineer, Advisory Commented:

Thats fine as long as you aware of the limitations. If you keep the browser control hidden, the DocumentComplete event will NOT fire. This is documented by MS and can be verified with the code below:

Russell


unit Unit1;

interface

uses
  Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms, Dialogs,
  StdCtrls, OleCtrls, SHDocVw;

type
  TForm1 = class(TForm)
    Memo1: TMemo;
    bgo: TButton;
    procedure bgoClick(Sender: TObject);
    procedure FormDestroy(Sender: TObject);
    procedure FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
  private
    { Private declarations }
    HiddenWebBrowser: TWebBrowser;
    procedure HiddenWebBrowser_BeforeNavigate2(Sender: TObject;
      const pDisp: IDispatch; var URL, Flags, TargetFrameName, PostData,
      Headers: OleVariant; var Cancel: WordBool);
    procedure HiddenWebBrowser_NavigateComplete2(Sender: TObject;
      const pDisp: IDispatch; var URL: OleVariant);
    procedure HiddenWebBrowser_DocumentComplete(Sender: TObject; const pDisp: IDispatch; var URL: OleVariant);
  public
    { Public declarations }
  end;

var
  Form1: TForm1;

implementation

{$R *.DFM}

procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
begin
    // create our hidden webbrowser
    HiddenWebBrowser := TWebBrowser.Create(nil);
    HiddenWebBrowser.OnBeforeNavigate2 := HiddenWebBrowser_BeforeNavigate2;
    HiddenWebBrowser.OnNavigateComplete2 := HiddenWebBrowser_NavigateComplete2;
    HiddenWebBrowser.OnDocumentComplete:=HiddenWebBrowser_DocumentComplete;
end;

procedure TForm1.FormDestroy(Sender: TObject);
begin
    if assigned(HiddenWebBrowser) then
      FreeAndNil(HiddenWebBrowser);
end;

procedure TForm1.HiddenWebBrowser_DocumentComplete(Sender: TObject; const pDisp: IDispatch; var URL: OleVariant);
begin
   memo1.lines.add('document complete: ' + url);
end;

procedure TForm1.HiddenWebBrowser_BeforeNavigate2(Sender: TObject;
  const pDisp: IDispatch; var URL, Flags, TargetFrameName, PostData,
  Headers: OleVariant; var Cancel: WordBool);
begin
    memo1.lines.add('before navigate: ' + url);
end;

procedure TForm1.HiddenWebBrowser_NavigateComplete2(Sender: TObject;
  const pDisp: IDispatch; var URL: OleVariant);
begin
    memo1.lines.add('navigate complete: ' + url);
end;

procedure TForm1.bgoClick(Sender: TObject);
begin
    HiddenWebBrowser.Navigate('http://yahoo.com');
end;

end.

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ginsonicCommented:
a very simple way ( I use it ) is to put the browser somewhere outside your screen. To say Browser.Top := - (Browser.Height +10 );
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Russell LibbySoftware Engineer, Advisory Commented:

 >> The simplest way is to set the width and or height to zero, which allows it operate normally and still fire the events correctly.

Set width to zero, set height to zero, move it off the display coords of the form, cover it with another contol, place it in panel and hide the panel, it all comes down to one point. The control itself should not be hidden in order for all events to fire correctly, but it does not have to appear visually on the screen


 
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TheRealLokiSenior DeveloperCommented:
ah thanks for that Russel, you learn something new every day :-)
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Russell LibbySoftware Engineer, Advisory Commented:
Its something I had to learn the HARD way :-%

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Russell
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ginsonicCommented:
If you set the width and height to zero you can't get a snap of browser image for example. OK I can now :) but I talk using the codes found usualy on net.

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ginsonicCommented:
What I don't understand whay you can't navigate with hidden browsers? I use in my brower app TEmbeddedWB, better than TWebBrowser. I create a new panel with an EmbeddedWB inside it for each session. I set all panels to Visible:=False and just keep visible the selected browser. When wish to change set the curent to not visible and true to new browser.

I can navigate to any webpage with browser set to visible:=false.
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TheRealLokiSenior DeveloperCommented:
with an invisible twebbrowser, you can navigate, and it works fine, but you do not get the "DocumentComplete" event, which is the most reliable way of knowing the page has finished loading... probably not a big deal if you have another way of knowing, or just wait a large amount of time
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