Menu Bar Color

Posted on 1998-12-15
Last Modified: 2010-05-03
I want to force my menu bar color to be black and my text to be white in my application (I know it sounds hideous, but just trust me..).  Anyhow, is there an API call that can do this, or am I just Out of luck?
Question by:jmalcolm
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Menu bar color is global as part of windows general color scheme. You change *YOUR* menu bar, you're changing *EVERY* menu bar. Great way to PO users.



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Well here's the skinny.  My app doesn't utilize the standard menu bar.  I want a popup menu, and the system colors look horrible with my app.  I want a black pop-up with white text.  I don't want to have to write a workaround like creating my own user control that pops up and I have to write all the functionality.  Any ideas?
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Change the systems colors?


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I don't think you're going to have much luck, EXCEPT by making your pop-up menu more of a pop-up Form, which could be any color you wanted....


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NO API Calls.... but set the forms Caption to "",
ControlBox to False. Then add a PictureBox with the Align set to "Top", and its backcolor to black (&H00000000&). Voila.

Author Comment

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I actually wanted to change the menu bar, not the title bar...
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Mirkwood earned 100 total points
ID: 1450301
In VB it is inpossible. In C++ you could superclass your window and handle the NC paint. Similar like drawing the caption gradient.
But you have to draw it all yourself.

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