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Posted 3 Dec 2001

A ToolBarCtrl Based Menubar Control

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A ToolBarCtrl based menubar control using CMenuXP
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This menubar control is based on the CToolBarCtrl class rather than CToolBar, so it never assumes that it has a parent window derived from CFrameWnd. It lacks some features like docking or automatic tooltips, but it can be used with any window whose parent is derived from CWnd. You must of course be using MFC.


Between CMenuBar and CToolBarCtrl, I wrote a class named CToolBarXP to process customdraw. If you don't need this feature, just modify the base class as CToolBarCtrl, and remove the following line from the messagemap:


CToolBarXP includes a LoadToolBar member function to load a toolbar resource. It may be useful to you, even if you don't care about menubars or customdraw.

CMenuXP is used as the menu class to implement ownerdraw. CMenuXP is derived from CMenu so it has all the features of CMenu. If you don't need a ownerdraw menu, just use the CMenu members to construct the menu.

The included sample is simple and far from powerful, but it is a good start I hope.


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Neil Yao
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I'm a chinese programer living in Shanghai, currently working for a software company whose main business is to deliver computer based testing. Software simulation for computer based testing and certifications is my main responsibility in this company. Execpt for software development, I like out-door activities and photography. I am willing to make friends in China and all over the world, so contact me if you have anything in common with meSmile | :)

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Generalctoolbarxp didn't display text Pin
wanglinhai88821-Feb-10 21:16
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GeneralSubMenu Bug Pin
benjamin2321-May-08 5:39
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GeneralApp suddenly exits Pin
Chris982121-Apr-08 9:59
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GeneralRe: App suddenly exits Pin
hujian_19827-Sep-09 20:39
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QuestionSEPARATOR bug Pin
lihe20057-Sep-06 21:16
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GeneralSome improvement (XP themes) Pin
AlexXF24-Nov-04 8:29
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GeneralRe: Some improvement (XP themes) Pin
Frank Overcast22-Jan-06 16:40
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GeneralCatch Click Events Pin
naumankhan15-Apr-04 22:44
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GeneralRe: Catch Click Events Pin
Yao Zhifeng15-Apr-04 22:59
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GeneralRe: Catch Click Events Pin
jagan_gadela21-Apr-04 2:33
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GeneralRe: Catch Click Events Pin
jagan_gadela21-Apr-04 2:58
memberjagan_gadela21-Apr-04 2:58 
I Will Try To Explain what I Did.

My Intention is to create the Tool Bar for a button.

So I Have taken CButtonST class for my requirements

In CButtonST Class declarations I added following code

//class declarations
CMenu *pMenuX ;
void AddButtonMenu(CMenu* pMenu);
// In Definations I did like this

void CButtonST::AddButtonMenu(CMenu *pMenu)

if(pMenuX->m_hMenu && pMenuX!=NULL)
pMenuX->DestroyMenu ();
And I have Modified OnClcked Method by Adding following code to it

if(pMenuX && pMenuX->m_hMenu )
CRect rWnd;
CMenu* psub = (CMenu*)pMenuX->GetSubMenu(0);
if (m_csCallbacks.hWnd)
::SendMessage(m_csCallbacks.hWnd, m_csCallbacks.nMessage, (WPARAM)psub, m_csCallbacks.lParam);
//::SendMessage(this->m_hWnd, m_csCallbacks.nMessage, (WPARAM)psub, m_csCallbacks.lParam);
DWORD dwRetValue = psub->TrackPopupMenu(TPM_LEFTALIGN | TPM_LEFTBUTTON | TPM_RIGHTBUTTON | TPM_NONOTIFY | TPM_RETURNCMD, rWnd.left, rWnd.bottom, this, NULL);

return TRUE;

This is How I Have modified the code in CButtonST class

And In My Application I tried to work like this
I created a method called CreateToolsButtonMenu

CMenu* CXmlparseDlg::CreateToolsButtonMenu()

//You can unrecomment the next two line to load a normal menu
//return pMenu;

CMenuXP *pPopup;
pPopup = new CMenuXP1;

CMenuXP *pButtons = new CMenuXP1;
pButtons->SetBackColor(RGB(0xf2, 0xf2, 0xf2));
pButtons->SetSelectedBarColor(RGB(0x00, 0xcc, 0xcc));

pButtons->AppendODMenu(0, new CMenuXP1Button(ID_TOOLS_INTERNETEXPLORER, AfxGetApp()->LoadIcon(IDI_EXPLORER)));

pPopup->AppendODPopup(0, pButtons, new CMenuXPText(203, "Buttons"));

return pPopup;

and in OnInitDialog method I created button like this

m_btnTools.SetIcon (IDI_TOOLS );
m_btnTools.SetTooltipText(_T("Executes the third party applications"));

After doing these modifications with yours and other expert Davide Calabro's code(Source : I was able to see your tool bar wth Davide's Button. But Only Problem I have faced is I am not able to catch the WM_COMMAND messages


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GeneralRe: Catch Click Events Pin
Yao Zhifeng21-Apr-04 5:10
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GeneralRe: Catch Click Events Pin
jagan_gadela22-Apr-04 3:05
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GeneralRe: Catch Click Events Pin
Yao Zhifeng23-Apr-04 0:12
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GeneralRe: Catch Click Events Pin
Jim Tomasko24-Apr-04 23:38
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Questionpossible to use this on SDI??? Pin
Hirosh16-Feb-03 21:57
memberHirosh16-Feb-03 21:57 
GeneralPretty cool, only one thing though Pin
Anonymous11-May-02 1:50
memberAnonymous11-May-02 1:50 
Questionhow to change the color of the toolbar? Pin
Anonymous1-May-02 20:40
memberAnonymous1-May-02 20:40 
GeneralI have a problem!!! Pin
CSZX3-Apr-02 1:48
memberCSZX3-Apr-02 1:48 
GeneralDoesn't work with dropdown arrow. Pin
Duc Truong14-Jan-02 15:23
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GeneralChanging background color of Menu Pin
Ritesh2321-Dec-01 23:36
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GeneralGood job Pin
Cool_worm19-Dec-01 2:37
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GeneralMenu icon lost itself when mousemove on the popup menu items Pin
Golden Lee10-Dec-01 16:46
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GeneralGetParent Pin
orcun colak6-Dec-01 18:44
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GeneralRe: GetParent Pin
Yao Zhifeng7-Dec-01 5:13
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