Creating menu bar/items at runtime

Posted on 2000-03-20
Last Modified: 2010-05-02
Is it possible to create a standard menu bar at the top of the form at runtime and then add menu items to it? If not, is it possible to extend an existing menu bar, also at runtime?
Question by:mi5
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avitalk earned 60 total points
ID: 2637469
you can't "create" it.
what you need to do is use a control array.

in design time you define one father menu item - mnuItemF.
and then one son - mnuItem
and you give it Index = 0.
you can also use the Visible property as you if you don't want it to be seen.

so at first you have only one menu item.

during run time you can add as many items as you like by:

For i = 1 To iItemNumber
   Load mnuItem(i)
   mnuItem(i).Caption = "Item" & i

also - when you load new controls during run time, they are not visible.
so you'll have to do something like this:

For i = mnuItem.LBound To mnuItem.uBound
    mnuItem(i).Visible = True

hope this helps,

Author Comment

ID: 2639666
How do I set which son menu items go under which father items?

Expert Comment

ID: 2640427
after you define any menu item you can define sons for it.
son items are define the same way as the father menu, they should be under the father menu in the menu definition window, and you should use the buttons with Left / Right arrows to indicate the

select the son menu item and press the button with the Right Arrow.  that will add 4 points to the son. and that indicates the hierarchy.

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Author Comment

ID: 2640687
I meant at run time. It is possible to create father menu items at run time - how do I place son items underneath them?

Expert Comment

ID: 2641648
I don't think you can do that.
you can add controls to an already existing control array but you can't define a totally new control.

may i ask - why is the solution of control array not good for you ?


Author Comment

ID: 2644211
No - they're all in the same control array. If I create new instances of the control array (the son menuItem), how do I move that menu item so it is a sub-menu of a father menuItem (also created from the same array)?

Author Comment

ID: 2644227
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Author Comment

ID: 2644228
In fact - don't worry about it. I've found another way round the problem. Thanks for your help.

Expert Comment

ID: 2646280
hmmm, I don't mind helping :-)

let's see if i understand you correctly, you have a father menu item, and the items you want to add during run time are his sons ?

if so then all you need to do is define one son item in design time.  give it an index = 0, and that's the start of the control array.

during run time when you load new menu items to that array, they are automatically, sons of the same father menu, because that's how menu arrays behave.  if you load more items to the array they all stay in the same level.
was that the issue ?


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