Delphi – Form is hidden behind other forms when ShowModal is called

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My application is based on modal forms. Main form opens one form with ShowModal, this form opens another with ShowModal, so we have stacked modal forms. There is sometimes a problem that when we call ShowModal in new form, it hides behind previous forms, instead of showing on top. After pressing alt+tab, form comes back to the top, but this is not good solution. Did You meet this problem and how did you handle it?

EDIT:

I use Delphi 7.

Best Solution

You didn't mention which version of Delphi...

Newer Delphi versions have added two new properties to TCustomForm: PopupMode and PopupParent. Setting PopupParent of your modal dialog to the form that's creating that dialog makes sure that the child form stays on top of it's parent. It usually fixes the problem you're describing.

I think this pair of properties were added in Delphi 2006, but it may have been 2005. They're definitely there in Delphi 2007 and up.

EDIT: After seeing you're using Delphi 7, the only suggestion I have is that, in the code that displays your modal form, you disable the form creating it, and re-enable on return. That should prevent the creating window from receiving input, which may help keep the Z-order correct.

Something like this may work (untested, as I'm no longer using D7):

procedure TForm1.ShowForm2;
begin
  Self.Enabled := False;
  try
    with TForm2.Create(nil) do
    begin
      try
        if ShowModal = mrOk then
          // Returned OK. Do something;
      finally
        Free;
      end;
    end;
  finally
    Self.Enabled := True;
  end;
end;

If Form2 creates a modal window (as you've mentioned), just repeat the process - disable Form2, create Form3 and show it modally, and re-enable Form2 when it returns. Make sure to use try..finally as I've shown, so that if something goes wrong in the modal form the creating form is always re-enabled.

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