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Hi all,I'm trying to do something that I know is dead simple. However I know very little about panel design and my attempts just seem to leave me with a black box in the middle of the screen.I am trying to create a panel switcher toolbar that has it's own window. I am trying to do this so I can move it to my second monitor (touchscreen) and use it there. As I need to drag it over the second screen I think it needs to be an undockable window.My attempts have been baised upon trying to alter the existing panel config and using the PMDG panel switcher gauge. But after a couple of hours I get nothing other than a black box.Anyone done something similar and able to provide help?Cheers,Phil.

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Hi Phil,You will need to do two things... 1st create an XML gauge with clickable areas so that it can uopen the subpanels. E.g.xxxx sub panel'ident' (>K:PANEL_ID_TOGGLE)'ident' is the name/number the subpanel is given in the panel.cfgThen you need to put that gauge on a new subpanel so in the panel.cfg:-[Windowxx]Background_color=0,0,0 size_mm=width,heightwindow_size_ratio=1.000 position=0visible=1ident=window_switcherwindow_pos= 0.000, 0.000gauge00='gauge name', 0,0,width,heightHope that helps!PaulPS Panelshttp://www.pspanels.co.uk

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Sorry Phil forgot to mention 1 thing - to stop it being a blank window you will need to create a background bitmap.This can be added to the gauge as such:-...etc...etc...etcThe area specified in the mouse section should be the clickable area you want. You can add more areas for each click spot.Cheers,PaulPS Panelshttp://www.pspanels.co.uk

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Hi Paul,Thanks for the prompt response. It seems more complex than I thought, but I am sure with some trial and error I can get it to work.There is already a panel switcher on the PMDG panel and I was hoping to just 'cut and paste' to make it a stand alone window.Here is what I think I need to add to the panel config file, is this is enough? As you say I will need a bmp image for the gauge so I know this is missing from below. //--------------------------------------------------------[Window17] // PMDG_737NG_Main!PanelSwitchersize_mm=300,30position=8visible=0ident=switchergauge00=PMDG_737NG_Main!PanelSwitcher, 1022,13,210,27Thanks,Phil.

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Phil,I don't have the pmdg 737 but from what you've put I guess the panelswitcher gauge in the PMDG_737NG_Main.cab file doesn't have its own background. But if you create one you could add it to the panel.cfg rather than create a new gauge so you would have:-//--------------------------------------------------------[Window17] // PMDG_737NG_Main!PanelSwitcherfile=Switcher_Panel.bmp size_mm=300,30position=8visible=0ident=switchergauge00=PMDG_737NG_Main!PanelSwitcher, 1022,13,210,27Then just put the Switcher_Panel.bmp file in the panel folder.Cheers!PaulPS Panelshttp://www.pspanels.co.uk

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