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Windows 7 Taskbar API: How to add entries for a taskbar button for multiple windows

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When I run my Delphi application, Windows 7 shows a taskbar button in the Windows taskbar. When the user opens a new form in my application, I want that the taskbar button for my application is visually changed and when the user clicks on it a popup appears with a list of the windows (see picture).

Windows taskbar button

So basically the standard Windows behaviour like in Outlook when you have multiple emails open at the same time.

I searched the web and found a few "solutions", but they don't work for me. Maybe I overlook something really easy but I cannot find it. I attached my sample that does not work and I would like somebody to fix it.

When you run the program, click on the button to open a new window. Now the taskbar button should have changed to indicate that there is a new window for this app but it doesn't do that.

I would be pleased if someone can change the program so that it works.

Regards,
Dirk.
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Sinisa Vuk earned 2000 total points
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Remove all code except that from Button click event. Add these lines:
...
private
  procedure CreateParams(var Params: TCreateParams); override;
...

procedure TForm1.CreateParams(var Params: TCreateParams);
begin
  inherited;
  //set form ext. params
  Params.ExStyle := Params.ExStyle or WS_EX_APPWINDOW;
  //set parent for your form
  Params.WndParent := GetDesktopWindow;
end;

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... similar is here... http://www.swissdelphicenter.ch/torry/showcode.php?id=775
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Absolutely perfect!! Thank you very much for your help which made my day!
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