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Popup menu with nice title

, 2 Apr 2002
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Put a nice title above your popup menus
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I wanted to put a title on top of some popup menus, but I didn't like to use DISABLED|STRING as flags for a menu-item, as this doesn't prevent the mouse-over selection, and doesn't look nice. So I checked around and found CTMenu by Per Fikse on Code Guru, which I then build upon, to get what I wanted.

CTitleMenu is pretty simple to use. Include the source-files in your project, and where you use CMenu, use CTitleMenu instead. And don't forget to #include "TitleMenu.h" ofcourse.


void AddMenuTitle(LPCTSTR lpszTitle);
This puts a MenuItem on first menu position, with the caption lpszTitle. If you don't use this, the menu will look just like a normal menu.
void SetColor(long cl) {clLeft=cl;};
This sets the background color, or left-side color in a gradient background.
Default: Standard Windows Active Caption color
void SetGradientColor(long cl);
This sets the right-side color in a gradient background. If this color is the same as the set background color, obviously no gradient will be drawn either.

NOTE: I'm loading the GradientFill function dynamically from msimg32.dll. If this load fails, for whatever reason, no gradient fill will be performed, but no crash should occur either.

Default: Standard Windows Gradient Active Caption color

void SetTextColor(long cl);
This sets the text color of the title.
Default: Standard Windows Captiontext color
void SetEdge(bool shown,UINT remove=0,UINT add=0);
This sets the visibility and style of the edge around the title. For an overview of the flag values, see ::DrawEdge help.
Default: no border (shown=false), and style BDR_SUNKENINNER
long GetColor();
long GetGradientColor();
long GetTextColor();
long GetEdge();
These functions will get you the current values.


CTitleMenu menu1;
menu1.AddMenuTitle("Power Channels");
menu1.AppendMenu(MF_STRING | MF_ENABLED | MF_CHECKED, 20, "Right Peltier");
menu1.AppendMenu(MF_STRING | MF_ENABLED | MF_CHECKED, 20, "Left Peltier");

I haven't tested this very thoroughly, but the code isn't that complex. I didn't encounter any problems with it, so far. There is enough that could be improved upon, like bitmap background, it's own gradient-function, and more, but then I would have to write a much bigger article. ^_^

Still, if you'd like to see a feature in it, or have expanded upon it yourself, leave a reply.


3 Apr 2002 - updated downloads.


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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
Durga Prasad Dhulipudi19-Oct-09 20:02
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GeneralLeaking dc Pin
Hans Dietrich25-Jul-08 23:36
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Generalit's cool Pin
yysdsyl12-Jun-07 7:13
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GeneralHaving trouble importing project Pin
adonisv14-Nov-05 11:49
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GeneralInsert a control in a popup menu. Pin
Negrume4-Nov-04 7:11
memberNegrume4-Nov-04 7:11 
GeneralIf the title is too long... Pin
Daniel132422-Mar-04 7:28
memberDaniel132422-Mar-04 7:28 
GeneralNeeded bit of code for my implementation Pin
Mike Gaskey21-Apr-02 9:48
memberMike Gaskey21-Apr-02 9:48 
GeneralNice UI feature Pin
Anonymous4-Apr-02 0:32
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QuestionWhat if you don't have msimg32.dll ... try this Pin
Brian D Pearson23-Mar-02 7:02
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AnswerRe: What if you don't have msimg32.dll ... try this Pin
Arthur Westerman29-Mar-02 1:36
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GeneralRe: What if you don't have msimg32.dll ... try this Pin
ronhash3-Apr-02 23:30
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GeneralRe: What if you don't have msimg32.dll ... try this Pin
Paul Selormey14-Oct-02 19:17
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Generalforgot to add this ... Pin
shanthu20-Mar-02 13:26
membershanthu20-Mar-02 13:26 
GeneralThanks a lot and I added this PopUp feature Pin
shanthu20-Mar-02 13:21
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GeneralRe: Thanks a lot and I added this PopUp feature Pin
Atlantys4-Apr-02 9:17
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GeneralRe: Thanks a lot and I added this PopUp feature Pin
Anonymous4-Apr-02 11:57
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Generalproblem.. Pin
webcreator14-Feb-02 4:46
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GeneralRe: problem.. Pin
Arthur Westerman15-Feb-02 13:38
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