Menu bitmaps

Posted on 1998-03-05
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
How do I add a bitmap too the left of a standard MFC menu selection (as is being done so often these days)?
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You have to make an onwerdraw menu. Apps like Office and IE and the Visual STudio IDE itself use _tons_ of custom code to draw menus completely from scratch. That UI ends up being called a "command bar".

Command bars aren't provided by Windows inherently; if you want that complete look, you've got to roll your own.

.B ekiM
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There is "Bitmap Menu" code available on as well...

BTW: I believe command bars are the ones that have the menu share the same horiz "ToolBar space".  Windows CE and IE4 do this, the VStudio IDE does not (you can put something above or below the menu, but not along-side it).

   I believe it can be simulated by creating a window without a standard menu, creating a ReBar control, and place your menu in a ReBarBand with your ToolBars.  Add the Pager Control for in place scrolling.

-=- James.
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Actually, jtwine's answer helped me the most.
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Gosh, then you should've given him the points!

A "command bar" right now isn't supplied by the system, so there's no standard for its implementation. IE does them inside of rebars and hacks the daylights out of the menu-handling code. The IDE implementation uses a completely owner-drawn approach and holds the item inside of a CCommandBar-like object, but clips the docking code so that the object always has its own row. You can do the same thing with a rebar-based implemnetation, but it doesn't matter because neither implementation is exposed to the public.

.B ekiM


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  No biggie... :)  It is gonna be a LOOOONG time before I am in the top 15, anyway! :P


-=- James.

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