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Hi,
How can I add a custom menuitem to OTHER program's menu, such as Notepad's FileMenu?  Examples expected.
(D2)
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ZifNab earned 200 total points
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Hi yingkit,

here is an example for Eudora Light (but can be any window)

unit Unit1;

interface

uses
  Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms, Dialogs,
  DBTables, Grids, DBGrids, Db, StdCtrls;

type
  TForm1 = class(TForm)
    Button1: TButton;
    Edit1: TEdit;
    Memo1: TMemo;
    procedure Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
  private
    { Private declarations }
  public
    { Public declarations }
  end;

type
  PFindWindowStruct = ^TFindWindowStruct;
  TFindWindowStruct = record
    Caption : string;
    ClassName : string;
    WindowHandle : THandle;
  end;

var
  Form1: TForm1;

implementation

{$R *.DFM}


function EnumWindowsProc(hWindow : hWnd;
                         lParam  : LongInt) : Bool
{$IFDEF Win32} stdcall; {$ELSE} ; export; {$ENDIF}
var
  lpBuffer : PChar;
  WindowCaptionFound : bool;
  ClassNameFound : bool;

begin
  GetMem(lpBuffer, 255);
  Result := True;
  WindowCaptionFound := False;
  ClassNameFound := False;

  try
    if GetWindowText(hWindow, lpBuffer, 255) > 0 then
      if Pos(PFindWindowStruct(lParam).Caption, StrPas(lpBuffer)) > 0
       then WindowCaptionFound := true;
    if PFindWindowStruct(lParam).ClassName = '' then
      ClassNameFound := True else
        if GetClassName(hWindow, lpBuffer, 255) > 0 then
          if Pos(PFindWindowStruct(lParam).ClassName, StrPas(lpBuffer))
           > 0 then ClassNameFound := True;

    if (WindowCaptionFound and ClassNameFound) then begin
      PFindWindowStruct(lParam).WindowHandle := hWindow;
      Result := False;
    end;

  finally
    FreeMem(lpBuffer, sizeof(lpBuffer^));
  end;
end;

function FindAWindow(ACaption : string;
                     AClassName : string) : THandle;
var
  WindowInfo : TFindWindowStruct;

begin
  with WindowInfo do begin
    Caption := ACaption;
    ClassName := AClassName;
    WindowHandle := 0;
    EnumWindows(@EnumWindowsProc, LongInt(@WindowInfo));
    FindAWindow := WindowHandle;
  end;
end;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  TheWindowHandle : THandle;
begin
  TheWindowHandle := FindAWindow('Eudora Light', '');
  if TheWindowHandle = 0 then
    ShowMessage('Window Not Found!') else
  begin
    AppendMenu(GetMenu(TheWindowHandle),
      MF_STRING,
      $EFF0,
      'Your menu text');
  end;
end;

end.

Regards, Zif.
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by:yingkit
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Hello Zif,
The code worked quite well.  But if I don't want to create a new menu, but just want to add a menuitem under the "File" menu, how should I modify the code?
Thanks in advance.
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by:yingkit
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I've tried the function insertmenu, but I can't control the position where the menuitem appears.
If possible, could you please also tell me how can I execute an EXE file with some parameters when the added menuitem is clicked by the user?  Of course, I will offer more points for the answers.
Thanks!
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by:ZifNab
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Hi


InsertMenu works like this :

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  TheWindowHandle, MenuHandle : THandle;
begin
  TheWindowHandle := FindAWindow('Untitled - Notepad', '');
  if TheWindowHandle = 0 then
    ShowMessage('Window Not Found!') else
  begin
    MenuHandle := GetMenu(TheWindowHandle);
    MenuHandle := GetSubMenu(MenuHandle, 0);
    InsertMenu(MenuHandle,
      3,
      MF_STRING + MF_BYPOSITION,
      $EFF0,
      'Menu at place 4');
  end;
end;

I don't know directly how to intercept the click of the menu. I'll look into it.

Zif.
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by:ZifNab
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yuck, it's not so easy as I thought... here is what I have so far... perhaps it should work when using dll. But I don't have time to test it in a dll.

const
  WM_NotePad = WM_USER + 100;


procedure MenuIsClicked;
begin
 showmessage('hello');
end;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  TheWindowHandle, MenuHandle : THandle;
  POldWndProc : Pointer;
begin
  TheWindowHandle := FindAWindow('Untitled - Notepad', '');
  if TheWindowHandle = 0 then
    ShowMessage('Window Not Found!') else
  begin
    MenuHandle := GetMenu(TheWindowHandle);
    MenuHandle := GetSubMenu(MenuHandle, 0);
    InsertMenu(MenuHandle,
      3,
      MF_STRING + MF_BYPOSITION,
      WM_NotePad,
      'Menu at place 4');
    POldWndProc := Pointer(SetWindowLong(MenuHandle, GWL_WNDPROC, LongInt(@MenuIsClicked)));
  end;
end;

Regards, zif

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Hi,

Reading this :

Processes run in different memory spaces on Win32 and you cannot directly call a function in another memory space.

and we know that we've to create a dll if we want to get it to work :-(

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listening...
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Is it possible to test it in a DLL for me and show me how I can make the DLL and get everything worked??
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yuck, tried it with DLL and I get an error about not a correct window handler, when using the menu handle :-(
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Actually, is it impossible to interfere other programs' menus, just like my question?  Very difficult??
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Hi, I don't know, it should be possible, because we can add a menu to it... only problem is that we don't find a way to attach a function/procedure to this menu :-(. Nevertheless, it looks like it is really hard.

Zif.
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mmm, perhaps a global messages hook can work...

Zif.
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Hook?  Can you give me some examples?  I don't really care what method is used.  I just want to have a new menuitem appeared in other program with my own procedures.
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Thanks ZifNab.
If you find a way to attach a procedure to a menuitem in the future, please post it here.  Thank you very much!
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yingkit, I'll certainly do!
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