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Delphi Cookbook by Daniele Teti

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Putting your VCL application in the tray

Some applications are designed to be always in the Windows tray bar. For almost all their running time, the user knows where that particular application is in the tray. Think about antivirus, custom audio processors, and video management tools provided by hardware vendors and many other things. Instead, some other applications need to go in the tray only when a long operation is running and the user should otherwise attend in front of a boring please wait animation. In these cases, users will be very happy if our application is not blocked and lets them do some other things. Then, a not intrusive notification will bring up an alert if some thing interesting happens. Think about heavy queries, statistics, ...

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