Getting Started with Form-based Applications in Lazarus
The following topics will help you to use Lazarus to write simple form-based applications using buttons, edit boxes, labels and labelled edits. You will learn about the essential code and files that comprise an application and how to create an application from existing unit and form files. You can then follow our tutorial on form-based applications to learn how to use further components such as the string grid, DBGrid, DBEdit, DBMemo, timer, dialogue boxes and the form's canvas.
In the instructions we will give the key combinations for actions where possible. This table shows ways of firing commonly used actions in the order they appear in the Lazarus menu structure.
|Menu||Action||Button (showing tool-tip)||Short-cut Key(s)|
|Save all files||Shift+Ctrl+S|
|Show Object Inspector||F11|
|Open View project units dialogue||Ctrl+F12|
|Open View project forms dialogue||Shift+F12|
|Swap view of form/unit||F12|
|Open Create a new project dialogue|
|Add file showing in editor to project||Shift+F11|
For the screenshots in the following topics we have dragged the dialogue boxes to convenient sizes, so do not expect yours to look exactly the same.
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