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    I put this here for those that do not want their users to see the control panel. That rascal always shows up these days unless you get a little creative. I thought I would post my solution for anyone that could use it. With this, I can also open or close the control panel for myself but the user never sees it.

    'STEPS - Note that everything here is commented. Remove the ' where appropriate

    '1. Set a global variable to indicate hidden or not. (I call mine hide182 )
    '2. Set a global variable to true if you are running on your machine. (I call mine mymachine )
    '3. Put controlpanel.hide() as an on init in your startup form ( I call mine BHS_Manager )
    '4. Create a blank screen and add the following as an on init ( I call mine cleanscreen )
    ' 'Close current form or browse window.
    ' parentform.close(.f.)

    ' Open a Form or Browse layout

    ' DIM Shared varP_BHS_Manager as P
    ' DIM layout_name as c
    ' layout_name = "BHS_Manager"
    ' DIM tempP as p

    ' tempP=obj(":"+object_Name_normalize(word(layout_name,1,"@")))
    ' Test if pointer is valid
    ' if is_object(tempP) then
    ' Test if pointer refers to a form or browse
    ' if tempP.class() = "form" .or. tempP.class() = "browse" then
    ' If so, then activate the already open window
    ' tempP.activate()

    ' else
    'Window is not already open, so open it
    ' varP_BHS_Manager = :Form.view(layout_name)

    ' end if
    ' else
    ' varP_BHS_Manager = :Form.view(layout_name)

    ' end if

    '5. Instead of opening your initial screen from your autoexec, open your cleanscreen.
    ' This is necessary because even if you have a controlpanel.hide() as an on init
    ' behind your initial screen, the control panel shows up unless you go somewhere else first.
    ' Add the following as an on init for your first form

    ' 'Hide the Control Panel and set the variable
    ' controlpanel.hide()
    ' var->hide182 = .t.

    ' if var->mymachine = .f.
    ' button2.hide()
    ' hide182.hide()
    ' end if

    '6. Put the following code behind a button on the form you would
    ' like to open the control panel from. This hides or shows it based on
    ' the value of hide182

    ' if var->hide182 = .t.
    ' var->hide182 = .f.
    ' goto done
    ' end if
    ' if var->hide182 = .f.
    ' :controlpanel.hide()
    ' var->hide182 = .t.
    ' end if
    ' done:

    '7. Be sure to hide the button and hide182 if you are not running from your own machine
    ' For this I have the following code as an on init on the form I open/close the control panel from.

    ' 'Hide the Control Panel and set the variable
    ' controlpanel.hide()
    ' var->hide182 = .t.

    ' if var->mymachine = .f.
    ' button2.hide()
    ' hide182.hide()
    ' end if

    I hope this helps those that endeavor not to confuse their users with what you don't want them to see.

  • #2
    Gene, nice bit of processing.
    Looks a little complicated to a simpleton like me.

    The quick and dirty way I do it is;
    In Workspace properties, set CP to HIDE. You will get a warning.
    On, say a menu form, create a simple button bottom right with "Copyright Gene" or similar and make it password protected with the show CP code behind it.
    I often use an innocuous logo as the button.
    You can also use a HotSpot which is invisible unless you know it's there.
    See our Hybrid Option here;


    • #3
      Thanks Ted,

      One unmentioned benefit of the open a useless form first approach is the current screen sizing issue is greatly minimized in its affect. The first screen that appears can size too small to be functional at this time. I don't care if the cleanscreen shows too small. No one sees it anyway and when the first screen I want is opened second, I don't see a sizing issue. That sizing issue is what led me to be so creative.


      • #4
        Now I understand the logic.
        See our Hybrid Option here;