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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


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

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:
  2. In the ExitInstance method of your CWinApp derived class:

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.


    • 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
    • 14 Jul 03 - further update by Kris:

      Sample Image


    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.

    Comments and Discussions

    AnswerRe: Can't we apply image to menu with updated XP menu files??? Pin
    Jigar Mehta17-Nov-04 22:33
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    GeneralColouring the MENU BAR Pin
    Alex Evans20-Jun-04 23:15
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    GeneralColouring the MENU BAR Pin
    Alex Evans20-Jun-04 23:04
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    GeneralAuthorize Pin
    Kenan Hrustanovic12-Jun-04 5:53
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    GeneralLicensing?! Pin
    ge99819211-Jun-04 17:27
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    GeneralThank you for your compliments! Pin
    Jean-Michel LE FOL11-Jun-04 19:51
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    GeneralRe: Thank you for your compliments! Pin
    Lee Bamford17-Dec-04 4:38
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    GeneralMenuXP with MFC in a shared vs static Library Pin
    Vivian De Smedt1-Jun-04 3:18
    MemberVivian De Smedt1-Jun-04 3:18 
    First I would like to thank Jean-Michel for the package it is really easy to use and looks great (merci milles fois).

    Here is just a small remarks about make a library from the package and be able to use it with MFC as shared or as a static library.

    To be able to compile MenuXP in a library, use MFC in a static Library and link my application I have to change the code of ToolBarXP.cpp.

    I have changed the line:
    extern __declspec(dllimport) AUX_DATA afxData;
    extern AUX_DATA afxData;

    To make it working on both situations (use MFC in a static and in a shared Library) I propose to change the line into:

    extern AFX_EXT_CLASS AUX_DATA afxData;

    This is probably not so important. It's just that I made this small improvement and I propose to shared it.

    Vivian De Smedt
    QuestionWhat is the problem? Pin
    MangoBoy27-May-04 23:15
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    GeneralBug Report Pin
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    GeneralRe: Bug Report Pin
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    GeneralBug report Pin
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    GeneralHi Color bitmaps Pin
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    GeneralRe: Hi Color bitmaps Pin
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    QuestionWhy is Combo Box Disabled? Pin
    blundstrom19-Apr-04 12:12
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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
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    Generalwhen menu is upturned Pin
    ajumail29-Mar-04 17:19
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    GeneralGreat work! Pin
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