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Popup Menu with Nice Title

, 2 Apr 2002
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Put a nice title above your popup menus

Sample Image - TitleMenu.jpg


I wanted to put a title on top of some popup menus, but I didn't like to use DISABLED|STRING as flags for a menu-item, as this doesn't prevent the mouse-over selection, and doesn't look nice. So I checked around and found CTMenu by Per Fikse on Code Guru, which I then build upon, to get what I wanted.

CTitleMenu is pretty simple to use. Include the source-files in your project, and where you use CMenu, use CTitleMenu instead. And don't forget to #include "TitleMenu.h" ofcourse.


void AddMenuTitle(LPCTSTR lpszTitle);

This puts a MenuItem on first menu position, with the caption lpszTitle. If you don't use this, the menu will look just like a normal menu.

void SetColor(long cl) {clLeft=cl;};

This sets the background color, or left-side color in a gradient background.
Default: Standard Windows Active Caption color

void SetGradientColor(long cl);

This sets the right-side color in a gradient background. If this color is the same as the set background color, obviously no gradient will be drawn either.

NOTE: I'm loading the GradientFill function dynamically from msimg32.dll. If this load fails, for whatever reason, no gradient fill will be performed, but no crash should occur either.

Default: Standard Windows Gradient Active Caption color

void SetTextColor(long cl);

This sets the text color of the title.
Default: Standard Windows Captiontext color

void SetEdge(bool shown,UINT remove=0,UINT add=0);

This sets the visibility and style of the edge around the title. For an overview of the flag values, see ::DrawEdge help.
Default: no border (shown=false), and style BDR_SUNKENINNER

long GetColor();
long GetGradientColor();
long GetTextColor();
long GetEdge();

These functions will get you the current values.


CTitleMenu menu1;
menu1.AddMenuTitle("Power Channels");
menu1.AppendMenu(MF_STRING | MF_ENABLED | MF_CHECKED, 20, "Right Peltier");
menu1.AppendMenu(MF_STRING | MF_ENABLED | MF_CHECKED, 20, "Left Peltier");

I haven't tested this very thoroughly, but the code isn't that complex. I didn't encounter any problems with it, so far. There is enough that could be improved upon, like bitmap background, its own gradient-function, and more, but then I would have to write a much bigger article. ^_^

Still, if you'd like to see a feature in it, or have expanded upon it yourself, leave a reply.


  • 3rd April, 2002 - Updated downloads


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Arthur Westerman
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