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CMenuXP - The Office XP Style Menu

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13 Jul 2003CPOL2 min read
Owner drawn menu with the Office XP visual style

Sample Image - MenuXP.gif

Menus in dialog windows : Sample Image (Menus in Dialog Window)- MenuXP_dlg.gif

Introduction

This article presents an implementation of an owner drawn menu with the Office XP and Visual Studio .NET visual style.

Using the code

To use the CMenuXP class in your projects, you have to add 3 macros in your code:

  1. In the header file of the class that handles the menu (probably the MainFrame):
    #include "Tools/MenuXP.h"    // Before the declaration of the class
    // ...
    
    DECLARE_MENUXP()             // Into the definition of the class
  2. In the source file of the same class:
    IMPLEMENT_MENUXP(className, baseClass);
  3. In the message map of the class:
    BEGIN_MESSAGE_MAP(className, baseClass)
        // ...
        ON_MENUXP_MESSAGES()   // <-- Added line
    END_MESSAGE_MAP()

To make borders flat, I subclass the popup menu window managed by the system. To make it possible, you have to add those 2 calls in your code:

  1. In the InitInstance method of your CWinApp derived class:
    CMenuXP::InitializeHook();
  2. In the ExitInstance method of your CWinApp derived class:
    CMenuXP::UninitializeHook();

To make the menubar flat, you must do this call:

CMenuXP::UpdateMenuBar (pFrameWnd); // pFrameWnd refers to the frame that 
                                    // contains the MenuBar

The best place for this call depends of the frame type:

  • For MDI application, into the OnUpdateFrameMenu method of the child windows.
  • For SDI application, into the LoadFrame method of the main frame.

Finally, don't forget the last call:

CMenuXP::SetXPLookNFeel (pFrameWnd); // refers to the frame that contains 
                                     // the MenuBar

Without this call, menus will appear in a standard mode.

    To draw the menu items, I reused some classes already presented in my article: Office XP look & feel.

    History

    • 02/08/2002 - First release.
    • 01/06/2003 - Adding flat borders and flat menubar.
    • 05/31/2003 - Kris Wojtas has updated the source code to allow MenuXP to draw "radio", "check" state and gradient under bitmaps.
    • 06/02/2003 - Corrections, radio items support (thanks to Kris Wojtas) and new demos (flat controls and dialog based sample). You can get the latest update to this article at www.azsoft.free.fr.
    • 14 Jul 03 - further update by Kris:

      Sample Image

    License

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


    Written By
    Web Developer CSC
    France France
    Jean-Michel LE FOL is a GraphTalk product architect.
    GraphTalk is a set of products which cover the whole scope of the development process. GraphTalk is used by the main insurance compagnies over the world.
    The development team is currently based in France near Paris.

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    GeneralRe: Bug report Pin
    tezzz16-Jun-04 21:16
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    GeneralRe: Bug report Pin
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    GeneralHi Color bitmaps Pin
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    QuestionWhy is Combo Box Disabled? Pin
    blundstrom19-Apr-04 12:12
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    AnswerRe: Why is Combo Box Disabled? Pin
    Jean-Michel LE FOL19-Apr-04 23:28
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    ackabacka10-Dec-04 3:20
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    GeneralBug when used with ownerdrawn statusbar (fix included) Pin
    fjlaga31-Mar-04 14:02
    fjlaga31-Mar-04 14:02 
    I ran into a bug with CMenuXP in my app. In addition to CMenuXP, my app uses an ownerdrawn statusbar. In Debug mode everything worked fine, however, in Release mode my ownerdrawn statusbar panes kept drawing like a menu items.

    The bug was that the WM_DRAWITEM message was being sent for the statusbar but the DRAWITEMSTRUCT::CtlType was set to ODT_MENU (or some other random value -- an uninitialized variable maybe??).

    Because the CMenuXP code hooks into the message loop and gets first crack at handling WM_DRAWITEM, it was taking over and drawing the statusbar pane as a menu item. This was in Release mode only (which made it all the more difficult to track down).

    CMenuXP tries to protect against something like this with the following code:

    <br />
    bool CMenuXP::OnDrawItem (DRAWITEMSTRUCT* pDrawItemStruct, HWND hWnd)<br />
    {<br />
       if ( pDrawItemStruct->CtlType != ODT_MENU )<br />
       {<br />
          return false;<br />
       }<br />
       ASSERT (pDrawItemStruct->CtlType == ODT_MENU);<br />


    But this was not enough because, as I said, in Release mode CtlType was coming thru with a value of ODT_MENU for the statusbar pane.

    I fixed this by making the above check a little more stringent:

    <br />
    bool CMenuXP::OnDrawItem (DRAWITEMSTRUCT* pDrawItemStruct, HWND hWnd)<br />
    {<br />
       if ( pDrawItemStruct->CtlType != ODT_MENU ||<br />
            !::IsMenu((HMENU)pDrawItemStruct->hwndItem) )<br />
       {<br />
          return false;<br />
       }<br />
       ASSERT (pDrawItemStruct->CtlType == ODT_MENU);<br />


    Just wanted to share in case anyone else runs into this.

    -Frank
    Generalwhen menu is upturned Pin
    ajumail29-Mar-04 17:19
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    GeneralGreat work! Pin
    molson_downtown25-Mar-04 10:55
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    GeneralPainting bug with submenus Pin
    fjlaga18-Mar-04 11:20
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    xuell001-Dec-05 21:47
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    GeneralProblem With CComboBoxXP Pin
    suvi_rahul18-Mar-04 0:08
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    GeneralSystem Menu Pin
    Chen Hao5-Mar-04 18:26
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    GeneralPainting bug with very long popup menus Pin
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    GeneralPopups and dialog controls Pin
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    GeneralIn WinXP, slight toolbar issue Pin
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