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ShaunWilde
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Can anyone give me tips on how to start adding toltips to a menu? We don't have a status bar to put the normal menu help text. It is either that or having a dynamic multiline disabled menu at the bottom of the menu that the info can be displayed in.
Any help on the above will be appreciated.
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What you can do is catch the WM_ENTERIDLE message. You can be sure that the user isn't doing anything at that time. Create a timer from that message to delay a bit. When you receive the timer message, show your tooltip window. There may be a problem because if the menu loses focus, the menu will disappear. It is very important not to create a tooltip window in this case. Create the tooltip ahead of time.

In fact, you can have MFC help you quite a bit here. You can reuse the architecture to help you with the message string. Create a frame descandant window with the ID of AFX_IDW_STATUS_BAR, but don't make it visible. This window will receive all of the status messages through WM_SETTEXT. This window can forward all of the messages to the tooltip. So that when you show the tooltip window, it will already have the text in it.
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Hi - is it possible for your to both expand a bit - my application is a dialog only app however the menu I am trying to add tooltips is a context menu that is generated from the tray icon.

As far as getting the tip text I was under the impression I could do LoadString (menuid) as the prompt and the tip share the same resource id.

I have a feeling that gelberts way may have the more self contained (ie a CPopupToolTipMenu) approach that I was looking for.

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I could not get this to work - probably my own fault - however I am now going to pursue gelbert's approach.

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This approach had merit and seems the best course of action - I have seen similar down in a class library that had windows that looked and acted like a menu (the new office type) and I amended this to do what I wanted.

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Hi,
You can use for that tooltips available here: www.tooltips.net, and they can be displayed for menu items as well. I hope you will like it.

Cheers!

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