About Box Component

Release: 3.6.1
Date: 11 January 2014
Delphi Compatibility:
D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D2005 D2006 D2007 D2009 D2010 DXE DXE2 DXE3 DXE4
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This non-visual component encapsulates an About Box. When displayed the About Box appears like this:

Vista screenshot of About dialog box

or like this:

Classic screenshot of About dialog box

The component has string properties to display five different pieces of information in the about box. These properties are:

  • Title – Contents appear in the window title. The default value is 'About'.
  • ProgramName – The name of the program. This is the title of the application. The default value is the same as TApplications's Title property.
  • Version – This version number of the program. Optional property – default is nothing.
  • Copyright – A copyright message. Optional property – default is nothing.
  • Notes – Up to three lines of notes. Optional property – default is nothing.

Alternatively, the about box can display information from a VERSIONINFO resource included in the program. This is accessed via a linked TPJVersionInfo component. The values of the ProgramName, Version, Copyright and Notes properties are ignored and relevant strings from the program's version information is used in their stead.

The dialog's position can be specified relative to the screen, desktop or parent application. The dialog has a single close button whose appearance and position is customised. The About box also displays the program's icon.

Finally, the dialog box's font can be specified using the component's Font property.


The component is fully documented online.

There is also an FAQ page hosted on the DelphiDabbler Wiki.

Users of Delphi version 3 to 7 can also make use of the help file that is included in the download. This help file integrates with the Delphi 3-7 help system.

Demo program

A demo program is included in the download that can be used to exercise the component.

Required component

TPJAboutBoxDlg requires that a DelphiDabbler Version Information Component is installed in order to compile.

Compatibility with earlier versions

TPJAboutBoxDlg is believed to compile on all Win32 versions of Delphi, but the latest version has been tested only on Delphi 7 and Delphi 2007 through to XE3. It is assumed to work on other versions. Delphi 1 support was dropped at v3.5.

The component is compatible with the Delphi 64 bit Windows compiler and can be included in 64 bit VCL packages.

The unit name changed to PJAbout at release 3. Programs using earlier releases will need to be modified (or to have an alias set in Delphi's Project Options) before being recompiled using the new version.

Feedback & Queries

If you find any bugs or want to suggest a new feature please report them using the Issue Tracker.

Click the Create Ticket button to create a ticket then complete the form giving as much information as possible. Please note: this issue tracker is shared among all the projects in the DelphiDabbler Code Library, so please make sure you enter aboutbox in the Project edit box. You should also choose Defect in the Type drop down list to report a bug or Enhancement to request a new feature.

If you have created a bug fix or have implemented a new feature please attach a zip file to your ticket that contains your source code.

Should you have any queries about using the components please read the documentation and FAQ.

If you can't find an answer in the documentation then post a message in the discussion group.

Please do not email me or use the contact page to report bugs, ask for new features or to find out how to use the component.
I'm afraid I have very limited time available to support the code library, and can't guarantee I'll find time for personalised advice.