Object Inspector (Options)

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Use this page to configure the Object Inspector. You can also access this page by right-clicking the Object Inspector and choosing Properties.

Item Description


Displays a drop-down list box to choose from the following color schemes and option settings: Custom colors and settings, Default colors and settings, Traditional colors and settings, Classic colors and settings, Visual Studio(TM) emulation, Basic colors and settings, and Dark colors and settings.

Choose Basic colors and settings to hide all the parts from the Object Inspector except the Properties and the Events page.


To customize one of the imported color schemes, select it from the SpeedSettings list. Then select an option and select a different color from the drop-down list below. For example, to change the color of Value, the text color for properties' values, select Value and click Yellow from the drop-down list. You save your new settings once you click OK. This automatically saves the changes to the Custom colors and settings scheme, not the original scheme. To return to your default settings, click Default colors and settings or one of the others.

Show instance list

Displays the drop-down list box of components and their class names (called the instance list) at the top of the Object Inspector. The list is useful when you have many components on your form or data module and cannot find the one you want right away.

Show classname in instance list

Displays the component's class name for every component in the instance list, not just the first one.

Show filter box

Shows or hides the filter box.

It allows filtering properties or events by their name. The filter shows all the properties or events containing any coincidence with the searching pattern.

Show quick action panel

Shows or hides the Quick Action panel.

It lists direct actions that can be performed on the selected object on the form.

Show description panel

Shows or hides the Description panel. This option comes hidden by default.

It shows information about the selected property or event.

Show status bar

Displays the status bar at the bottom of the Object Inspector. The status bar indicates how many properties or events are not shown as a result of right-clicking the Object Inspector and selecting View. If all properties or events are visible in the Object Inspector, it says All shown.

Render background grid

Adds horizontal background lines to designate columns and rows on the Properties and Events pages.

Integral height (when not docked)

Adjusts the Object Inspector between a full row instead of a partial row as you vertically resize the Object Inspector with your cursor.

Show read only properties

Displays the properties for components even if the properties are read only. By default, they are grayed out.

Bold non default values

Displays non-default values as bold text in the current Non Default Value color setting.

Show gutter

Draws an outline along the left edge of the Object Inspector and fills the outlined area with the current Gutter Color setting for additional readability.

Expand inline

Displays the properties of the referenced component. To view these properties, click the plus sign (+) next to the referenced component. By default, referenced components are red and their properties green.

Show on events page

Displays the events of the referenced component. By default, referenced properties are red and their events green.

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