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Menu sidebar made easy

, 1 Apr 2005 CPOL
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A menu class with sidebar and color support.

Sample Image - SidebarMenu.jpg


This is one of the simplest implementations of a custom drawn popup menu with a gradient sidebar text and other color options. The class named CSidebarMenu can be used just like an ordinary CMenu object. One important thing is that when appending menu items, the MF_OWNERDRAW flag should be mentioned.


   void SetSideBarText(LPCSTR text);
   void SetSideBarTextColor(COLORREF color); 
   void SetSideBarColor(COLORREF start, COLORREF end);
   void SetMenuBkgColor(COLORREF color);
   void SetHiLitColor(COLORREF color);
   void SetMenuTextColor(COLORREF color);
   void SetTextHiLitColor(COLORREF color);

The purpose of the above functions is very clear from the function names themselves. The function "SetSideBarColor" takes two colors - one for the starting color of the gradient and the other for the ending color of the gradient. You don't have to use all of the above functions. There is one default implementation so you can use this class just like a CMenu class.


Step 1:

Declare a CSideBarMenu object and a menu handler function in your dialog's header file, such as:

class CDemoDlg : public CDialog


void OnRButtonDown( UINT nFlags, CPoint point );
void MenuHandler(UINT id);



  CSideBarMenu mnuSideBar;

Step 2:

In the implementation function, create the menu, i.e.:

BOOL CDemoDlg::OnInitDialog()
 //Creating the menu
 mnuSideBar.AppendMenu(MF_STRING|MF_OWNERDRAW,10,"Item 1");
 mnuSideBar.AppendMenu(MF_STRING|MF_OWNERDRAW,11,"Item 2");
 mnuSideBar.AppendMenu(MF_STRING|MF_OWNERDRAW,12,"Item 3");
 return 1;

Step 3:

Give the message maps for handling right click mouse event and the menu events:


Step 4:

Implement the mouse handler and the menu selection handler as below:

void CDemoDlg::OnRButtonDown(UINT nFlags, CPoint point)
 mnuSideBar.TrackPopupMenu(TPM_LEFTALIGN, point.x, point.y, this,NULL);

void CDemoDlg::MenuHandler(UINT id)
  case 10:
   MessageBox("Item 1","SideBarMenu Demo");

  case 11:
   MessageBox("Item 2","SideBarMenu Demo");

  case 12:
   MessageBox("Item 3","SideBarMenu Demo");

That's it. Enjoy using and modifying the class. All comments are welcome. Have fun with it!


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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Comments and Discussions

QuestionHow to make it work with Win32? PinmemberKumar Sundaram9-Aug-07 19:42 
Hi I'm in need of a sidebar for my win32 traymenu. and Found your article and code. It is nice and works as a breeze. Thanks. Great work.
Can you please let me know how to use this in my win32 program which is not an mfc app.
Kumar S
AnswerRe: How to make it work with Win32? PinmemberNisamudheen26-Nov-07 16:17 
QuestionAny idea as to how to support theme support PinmemberVikrant for VC++18-Mar-07 13:07 
GeneralCan't compile! Pinmemberthompsons8-Dec-05 18:44 
GeneralRe: Can't compile! PinmemberMohd Nisamudheen S.9-Dec-05 18:15 
GeneralNice Job Rated a 5 Pinmemberrkwalker4-Apr-05 16:13 
GeneralLooks Great!!! PinmemberThatsAlok1-Apr-05 1:56 
GeneralGood work, one doubt PinsussAnash P Oommen29-Jan-05 5:27 
GeneralRe: Good work, one doubt PinmemberMohd Nisamudheen S.3-Mar-05 0:55 
GeneralOne doubt Pinmemberneelimakrishna13-Dec-04 0:50 
GeneralRe: One doubt PinmemberMohd Nisamudheen S.14-Dec-04 1:23 
GeneralWorks well, but.... PinmemberDoug Knudson25-Oct-04 5:46 
GeneralRe: Works well, but.... PinmemberMohd Nisamudheen S.26-Oct-04 0:19 
GeneralNothing, but an empty dialog. PinmemberWREY25-Oct-04 4:00 
GeneralRe: Nothing, but an empty dialog. PinmemberDoug Knudson25-Oct-04 5:32 
GeneralRe: Nothing, but an empty dialog. PinmemberWREY25-Oct-04 12:46 
GeneralRe: Nothing, but an empty dialog. PinmemberMohd Nisamudheen S.26-Oct-04 0:26 
GeneralRe: Nothing, but an empty dialog. PinmemberWREY26-Oct-04 13:05 
GeneralRe: Nothing, but an empty dialog. PinmemberMohd Nisamudheen S.26-Oct-04 20:24 
GeneralRe: Nothing, but an empty dialog. PinmemberWREY27-Oct-04 11:35 
GeneralRe: Nothing, but an empty dialog. PinmemberMohd Nisamudheen S.27-Oct-04 19:33 

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