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Visual C++ Example: Cool office XP Style Menu, Icon Menu and Bitmap Menu, CMenu

By Jean-Michel LE FOL. 

XP style Flat bitmap menu in dialog.

Introduction

This article presents an implementation of an owner drawn menu with the Office XP and Visual Studio .NET visual style. It has icon menu and bitmap menu feature, it uses CMenu as base class.

Using the code

To use the CMenuXP menu 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
    END_MESSAGE_MAP()

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:

    CMenuXP::InitializeHook();
    
  2. In the ExitInstance method of your CWinApp derived class:

    CMenuXP::UninitializeHook();

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.

History

  • 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 www.azsoft.free.fr.

  • 14 Jul 03 - further update by Kris:

    Sample Image

 

Downloads

Download demo project - 41Kb
Download source - 4Kb

 

 

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