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Posted 31 Mar 2002

Office XP Style, a new one

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A new Office XP style, borders, grippers, buttons, etc.


Screen Shots

Three built-in styles available: Classic, Office XP, and Office 2003

The Customize Dialog, and a balloon when is showed

Three menu animations: Fade, Slide, Unfold

The "About Library" dialog, if you see your name here, then some code of you helped to do this library :)

Very simple for now, this is the "Advanced Settings" dialog, I've removed some features and left only these two, this will change, I promise ;)

Full Windows Skin (Experimental), see the titlebars, buttons, and this little dialog, from here you can chose your skin :), remember the old whistler? :P

Version 1.0 Alpha - Not Available for download


  • Introducing Fake Menus with Office XP Style

  • Introducing Menus Shadows

Version 1.1 Alpha - Not Available for Download


  • Converted to library
  • Introducing Windows Classic Style
  • Added Icons to menus
  • Introducing Customize Dialog, similar to Office
  • Added combo box to the toolbar


  • Fixed: When undocking toolbars it can't be docked again
  • Fixed: Shadows remaining when menu is closed
  • Fixed: Menus showing outside the desktop

Library Version

Version 1.15 Beta 1 - Preview Available


  • Introducing Office 2003 style
  • Introducing Advanced Settings dialog
  • Added "Show content while dragging" option
  • Added Menus animations: Fade, Slide, Unfold
  • Introducing Full Windows Skins (Borders, Titlebar, etc)
  • Introducing Buttons Skins (currently disabled by default)
  • Added "BallonHelp" class to emulate balloon messages


  • Fixed: When moving the toolbar remains a part of it in the old position
  • Fixed: Office XP style looks more like the original one
  • Fixed: Changing between styles was not working

Library Beta

Oh god, my school was killing me, finally I found some time to update mi article, and show the new stuff, unfortunately my demo is too big to upload it to this site, I'll make it smaller, and since this is now a library I think I'll need a name for this, I've named Advanced User Interface, but I think It could be a better name, because I'm trying to make this a skin library, so I accept suggestions.

Soon I'll upload the demo and some screenshots.


I was watching some articles here, like Office XP look & feel controls. Well I read a lot, but only this called my attention, and I decided to make a ToolBar, a StatusBar and a Menubar with the Office XP Style. I checked all the articles and then I based my toolbar on the one of Jean-Michel, it's very similar, well this is 'coz I'm a beginner and I need a base class to make my own one. There are some things that differ from the version of Jean-Michel, like the background icons, the borders, and the grippers. Really I can say that this class is an enhanced version of the Jean one, it uses the same controls (I used 'cos is based on Jean's version). I've included the CMenuXP class of Jean, just to make a full XP style, and some more options are copied from other articles. Thanks to their authors.


To use this you just have to include the required file for the class.. To use the CXPMenuBar class, you have to include the file menubar.h and specify a creation option (just like a toolbar, see the demo). To use the CXPToolBar class, you have to include the xptoolbar.h and replace the CToolBar m_wndToolBar declaration in your files by CXPToolBar m_wndToolBar. The status bar is very simple you just have to include the cxpstatusbar.h and replace the

declaration in your files by


Thanks to Jean-Michel LE FOL for his toolbar code and the authors of the respective code.


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GeneralVersion 1.15 Source Vailable Pin
Douglas Fraser30-Sep-08 5:36
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GeneralNo another MFC MenuBar Pin
benjamin2317-May-08 0:17
memberbenjamin2317-May-08 0:17 
GeneralRe: No another MFC MenuBar Pin
aesar29-Apr-11 4:45
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GeneralBest article! [modified] Pin
shengcheng_jin20-May-07 22:03
membershengcheng_jin20-May-07 22:03 
GeneralRe: Best article! Pin
shengcheng_jin7-Jun-07 0:30
membershengcheng_jin7-Jun-07 0:30 
GeneralThanks, what about the highlighted menu items background on Windows Vista and Office 2007 [modified] Pin
Alexandru Matei1-Apr-07 13:43
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QuestionResource Leak Pin
nowlex19-Feb-06 15:21
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GeneralThat's what I'm looking for, but ... Pin
Addison18-Apr-05 8:22
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Generalgreat project Pin
desccode2-Mar-05 20:05
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QuestionUpdate ? Pin
darthmaul21-Jul-04 22:15
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QuestionSource code of Version 1.15 available ? Pin
peous4-Jun-04 6:05
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GeneralRelease available Pin
darthmaul18-May-04 23:09
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GeneralRe: Release available Pin
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GeneralThe More pictures in menu Pin
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ETA13-Jun-04 9:01
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Generalfantastic Pin
Huisheng Chen11-May-04 0:59
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GeneralRe: fantastic Pin
MaTrIX2k211-May-04 8:45
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Questionwhat 's new? Pin
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