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Instead of the classic/default hint I want to display complicated hint. Is there anyway to display a small form (without borders) as hint?
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by:Ephraim Wangoya
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Get the Balloon control from
http://www.torry.net/authorsmore.php?id=3415

This is based off a TForm

You can then customize it as you wish
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by:Thommy
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Check these mostly free hint components if any meets your requirements...

Torry / Components > Misc. Effects > Hints
http://www.torry.net/pages.php?s=84
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by:Thommy
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Perhaps this might also be interesting for you...

How to Display Menu Item Hints
http://delphi.about.com/od/vclusing/a/menuitemhints.htm
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TheRealLoki earned 2000 total points
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here's a demo I made for you showing how to put anything you want in a hint
For the demo I have used a TPanel with some controls on it, but you could just as easily use a TForm with BorderStyle bsNone
Enjoy
Loki

https://filedb.experts-exchange.com/incoming/ee-stuff/8064-Hint-complicated.zip
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by:dinko1
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@TheRealLoki that is great but Ihave one question. is it possible not to display this yellow-default hint border? its too "xp" and doesnt look good on windows 7 :\
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by:TheRealLoki
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Hi,
it's just the colour I chose for the panel
You can set it to any colour you like
e.g.
pnlThatGoesInHint.Color := clBtnFace
(use the object inspector (F11) to set it at design time of course)
The panel already has BorderStyle set to bsNone and BevelInner/Outer set to bvNone

Also, just make the panel the right size for your needs, so that there is no border.
The easiest way to do this to to set
pnlThatGoesInHint.AutoSize := True
Regards, Loki
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by:dinko1
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great work! thanks :)
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by:TheRealLoki
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also, (the obvious one)
change this line of code
HintW.Color := clInfoBk;
to the colour you want
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