Still celebrating National IT Professionals Day with 3 months of free Premium Membership. Use Code ITDAY17


Creating menu bar/items at runtime

Posted on 2000-03-20
Medium Priority
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
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 5
  • 4

Accepted Solution

avitalk earned 240 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.

for more information try this link:
Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!


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
Adjusted points from 50 to 60

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 ?


Featured Post

Concerto Cloud for Software Providers & ISVs

Can Concerto Cloud Services help you focus on evolving your application offerings, while delivering the best cloud experience to your customers? From DevOps to revenue models and customer support, the answer is yes!

Learn how Concerto can help you.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Introduction While answering a recent question about filtering a custom class collection, I realized that this could be accomplished with very little code by using the ScriptControl (SC) library.  This article will introduce you to the SC library a…
This article describes some techniques which will make your VBA or Visual Basic Classic code easier to understand and maintain, whether by you, your replacement, or another Experts-Exchange expert.
Get people started with the utilization of class modules. Class modules can be a powerful tool in Microsoft Access. They allow you to create self-contained objects that encapsulate functionality. They can easily hide the complexity of a process from…
Show developers how to use a criteria form to limit the data that appears on an Access report. It is a common requirement that users can specify the criteria for a report at runtime. The easiest way to accomplish this is using a criteria form that a…
Suggested Courses

661 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question