how do i get the caption of the currently highlighted menuitem in a popupmenu?

how do i get the caption of the currently highlighted menuitem in a popupmenu?

I have a popupmenu and in it is menuitems added dynamically, i want to know how to get the caption of the menuitem while on mouseover or on the menuitem currently highlighted.
i dont want to know of the caption when you click on the item, i want to know the caption when i am on mouse over on the item.

and put the caption in the form1.caption.
any clues?

Ben
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TheRealLokiSenior DeveloperCommented:
I only know how to do it with Owner Draw

Set the PopupMenu's "OwnerDraw" to true
then on the first menuitem, set the 2 events "OnDrawItem" and "OnMeasureItem"


procedure TForm2.SomeMenuItem_MeasureItem(Sender: TObject; ACanvas: TCanvas;
  var Width, Height: Integer);
begin
  Width := 140;
end;

procedure TForm2.SomeMenuItem_1DrawItem(Sender: TObject; ACanvas: TCanvas;
  ARect: TRect; Selected: Boolean);
var
 ImgID: integer;
begin
 if Selected then
 begin
   ACanvas.Brush.Color := clHighlight;
   Form2.Caption := StringReplace(TMenuItem(sender).Caption, '&', '', [rfReplaceAll]); // or just use hint
 end
 else
 begin
   ACanvas.Brush.Color := clMenu;
   Form2.Caption := '';
 end;

 ARect.Left := 4;
 ACanvas.FillRect(ARect);
 DrawText(ACanvas.Handle, PChar( TMenuItem(sender).Caption), -1, ARect, DT_LEFT or DT_VCENTER or DT_SINGLELINE or DT_NOCLIP);
end;

Now... for all the menuitems, choose the same 2 events (so that all the menuitems are calling the same 2 events)

This is just a partial example I wrote for you. It does not draw the images, but you can actually customize it a lot. Take a look at this site for more info
http://delphi.about.com/od/vclusing/a/owner_drawing.htm
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Alpha_AIAuthor Commented:
The code works but the highlighted bar is now gone.
Do you know how make it appear?

Ben
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Alpha_AIAuthor Commented:
Do you know how to get the width of the popupmenu.

You see my menuitems are dynamic so the length of the caption in the menuitem determines the width of the popupmenu
I saw the function

procedure TForm2.SomeMenuItem_MeasureItem(Sender: TObject; ACanvas: TCanvas;
  var Width, Height: Integer);
begin
  Width := 140;
end;

and i realise that width contains the length of the last str in the menu item but if the length of that last item
is the shortest then i cant use width .

i need to know the longest menuitem caption and i guess there must be a way to just get the width.

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TheRealLokiSenior DeveloperCommented:
I know how to get the width of teh text in teh menu item...
canvas.textwidth (it uses the canvas font to determine the dimensions)
eg.
width := ACanvas.TextWidth( TMenuItem(sender).Caption ); // + any buffer for the checkmark/image of course

height := ACanvas.TextHeight(TMenuItem(sender).Caption);
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Alpha_AIAuthor Commented:
ok you dont know how to make the blue highlighter while you hover reappear do you?

Ben
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TheRealLokiSenior DeveloperCommented:
it does highlight on mine.
see this portion
if Selected then
 begin
   ACanvas.Brush.Color := clHighlight;
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Alpha_AIAuthor Commented:
it doesnt on mine, what am i doing wrong?

procedure TForm1.SomeMenuItem_1DrawItem(Sender: TObject; ACanvas: TCanvas;
  ARect: TRect; Selected: Boolean);
var
  ImgID: integer;
  HoverText : string;
  position : integer;
  GetTheNumberString : string;
  GetTheNumber : integer;
  Node : PVirtualNode;
  Data : PNodeData;
begin
 if Selected then
 begin
   ACanvas.Brush.Color := clHighlight;
   Form1.Caption := StringReplace(TMenuItem(sender).Caption, '&', '', [rfReplaceAll]); // or just use hint
   hovertext := Form1.Caption;
   Position := Pos(')',hovertext);  // if copy of real version has a '(' in it then run this small function
   if Position = 3 then
   begin
    GettheNumberString := AnsiMidStr(hovertext,2,1); //Extract the number out cos we need it for duplicate custom names, this way each custom name is unique by a number.
    GetTheNumber := strtoint(GetTheNumberString);
    Delete(hovertext,1,4);
  end;

if Position = 4 then
  begin
  GettheNumberString := AnsiMidStr(hovertext,2,2); //Extract the number out cos we need it for duplicate custom names, this way each custom name is unique by a number.
  GetTheNumber := strtoint(GetTheNumberString);
  Delete(hovertext,1,5);
  end;
  Node := FindNodeByID1(vtClips,hovertext);
  if Node <> nil then
    begin
    Data := vtClips.GetNodeData(Node);
    Form7.Caption := Data^.DictionaryWord;
    Form7.PageControl1.Pages[0].Caption := Data^.DictionaryWord;
    Form7.RichEdit1.Text := Data^.Type1;

    end;
 end
 else
 begin
   ACanvas.Brush.Color := clMenu;
   Form1.Caption := '';
  ARect.Left := 4;
 ACanvas.FillRect(ARect);
 DrawText(ACanvas.Handle, PChar( TMenuItem(sender).Caption), -1, ARect, DT_LEFT or DT_VCENTER or DT_SINGLELINE or DT_NOCLIP);
end;
end;
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Alpha_AIAuthor Commented:
yeah i removed the end; at the bottom and put it underneath Form1.Caption := ''; and then it worked :-)

THanks heaps

Ben
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