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I would like to start by saying thanks to everyone who takes some time to view this thread and try to help.

I have a owner drawn popup menu, with submenu, which is also owner drawn.

When I run the code the following effect happens:

When I hover with mouse over submenu's item, his background becomes white , and the arrow ( the one that indicates that submenu has items ) turns into white arrow.

My question is:

How do I change the color of that marker ( let it be red for example ) ?

Some code example/ pseudo-code / instructions / tutorials / links ... would be welcome.


Fixed the problem of white background appearing behind text by using
with style

Arrow is still white.

I can highlight item properly with following code in WM_DRAWITEM:

if( lpdis->itemAction & ODA_SELECT ) // if item is selected
                if(lpdis->itemState & ODS_SELECTED) 
                    // set the color of the highlight marker
                    SetBkColor( lpdis->hDC, RGB(117, 210, 255) );
                    // draw desired text
                    ExtTextOut( lpdis->hDC, lpdis->rcItem.left,
                        lpdis->, ETO_OPAQUE, &lpdis->rcItem,
                        wcslen((LPCWSTR)lpdis->itemData), NULL);
                    // draw edges of the marker
                    DrawEdge( lpdis->hDC, &lpdis->rcItem, EDGE_RAISED,
                        BF_FLAT );
                    // draw frame around menu item and color it so it matches the markers color
                    FrameRect( lpdis->hDC, &lpdis->rcItem,
                        CreateSolidBrush( RGB(117, 210, 255) ) );

I work in MS Visual Studio Express 2008, on Windows XP, in C++, using pure WIN32 API.

If any other information is required ( source code or something similar ), please ask for it, I will more than gladly supply it.
Posted 20-May-13 12:00pm
Updated 21-May-13 12:35pm
enhzflep 21-May-13 1:31am
Nenad Smiljkovic 21-May-13 12:10pm
Thank you for suggestion, I will try it and report my results as soon as possible!
enhzflep 21-May-13 12:19pm
[EDIT: You're welcome :) ]

Before you tear-off, I should mention that I did play with the code for a while, but didn't have any success with it. The example is incomplete :(
The microsoft examples don't deal with it.

I had hoped there would be something in the Validating/Invalidating of rects or regions that would stop windows trying to draw the arrow, leaving me free to draw it as I please. I couldn't work anything out. Also, unfortunately, the author of that article only has one at that site - no obvious chance for some of the rest of his frame-work.

But, I guess there are a couple of ideas in there. (I probably spent 2 hours. I didn't try awfully hard, but it's not a hole-in-one of a solution unfortunately)

Good luck! :-)

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Solution 1

The solution is owner draw the menu. It is some work like this to:

Owner Drawn Menu with Icons, Titles and Shading[^]
Nenad Smiljkovic 21-May-13 12:11pm
Thank you for your suggestion, I will try it and report my results as soon as possible!

I will accept solution, but that code is too much for a novice like me...
Hopefully I will be able to handle it.
Thank you.

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