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I need to have a form without the red x close button

Posted on 2008-06-13
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I need to remove the red x close button on a form. II will handle the close with a button on the form.
I want to keep all other functionality such as minimize, maximize and caption.
 I have tried EnableMenuItem(AppSysMenu,SC_CLOSE,MF_BYCOMMAND or MF_GRAYED) but this only grays it out.  Any suggestions ?
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Question by:jrb1204
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by:SteveBay
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look at the BorderIcons property of the Form.
You will want to set biSystemMenu = False;
or at runtime you can do this:


procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
begin
     Self.BorderIcons := Self.BorderIcons - [biSystemMenu];
end;

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by:SteveBay
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I just re-read your question and I see that you wish to keep minimize, maximize and caption. That will require some more effort. I'll have to do some looking...
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by:SteveBay
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I think this is close to what you want.
procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
var  h : hMenu;
     i : Integer;
begin
     h := GetSystemMenu(Handle, False );
     for i := GetMenuItemCount(h)- 1 downto 0 do
          if GetMenuItemID(h,i) = SC_CLOSE then
                RemoveMenu(h,i,MF_BYPOSITION);
end;

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by:jrb1204
ID: 21781502
The solution from your last post works to disable the close [x]  icon but what I was looking for was a way to hide it.
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Everywhere I've looked this is roughly the technique I have found. I suppose that it is posible to hide the [X] and not the the other menu buttons but I cannot find an example.
Why do wish to hide it? Are you trying to control the program close process? If so you should be using the the TForm.OnCloseQuery event rather than changing a long standing and well accepted Windows convention.
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