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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)

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    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

    GeneralRe: Problem: disabled / grayed menu items appear enabled Pin
    alex_ger24-May-05 13:42
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    GeneralCMenuXP::OnMeasureItem Question Pin
    fjlaga30-Sep-04 22:23
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    Generalcontext menu on windows shelf Pin
    mickelliot3-Sep-04 15:42
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    Questionhow to get default system menu Pin
    wangxin_china17-Jul-04 6:32
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    QuestionCan't we apply image to menu with updated XP menu files??? Pin
    Jigar Mehta24-Jun-04 2:49
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    AnswerRe: Can't we apply image to menu with updated XP menu files??? Pin
    Jigar Mehta17-Nov-04 21:33
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    AnswerRe: Can't we apply image to menu with updated XP menu files??? Pin
    Jigar Mehta17-Nov-04 21:33
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    GeneralColouring the MENU BAR Pin
    Alex Evans20-Jun-04 22:15
    MemberAlex Evans20-Jun-04 22:15 
    Hello good people

    I want to paint the actual MENU BAR, so as to ignore whatever Theme the users have selected for their Windows (under XP, still with MSVC 6.0) I can control the actual menu bar from within the application

    Any suggestions will be appreciated

    Thanks in advance
    GeneralColouring the MENU BAR Pin
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    GeneralLicensing?! Pin
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    GeneralThank you for your compliments! Pin
    Jean-Michel LE FOL11-Jun-04 18:51
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    GeneralRe: Thank you for your compliments! Pin
    Lee Bamford17-Dec-04 3:38
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    GeneralMenuXP with MFC in a shared vs static Library Pin
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