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Creating a png/bitmap image with collection of icons

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I cannot find any instructions of how to create a single png/bitmap file that would contain a number of images. In our vb app i would load these and use in my menu.

Any help greatly appreciated.

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Which VB are you targeting? All three?
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Hello Louisfr

I am targeting VB6 currently and moving to .Net next year ;)
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In VB6, you can use a PictureClip control to load one picture and extract parts of it.
You can use the GetMenu, GetSubMenu and SetMenuItemBitmaps functions to add images to the menu.
Here's an example:
Private Declare Function GetMenu Lib "user32" (ByVal hwnd As Long) As Long

Private Declare Function GetSubMenu Lib "user32" _
    (ByVal hMenu As Long, ByVal nPos As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function SetMenuItemBitmaps Lib "user32" (ByVal hMenu As Long, ByVal nPosition As Long, ByVal wFlags As Long, _
    ByVal hBitmapUnchecked As Long, ByVal hBitmapChecked As Long) As Long

Const MF_BYPOSITION = &H400&
Private Sub Form_Load()
    Dim hMenu As Long
    Dim hSubMenu As Long
    
    Set PictureClip1.Picture = LoadPicture("d:\temp\bitmap.bmp")
    PictureClip1.Cols = 10
    
    hMenu = GetMenu(hwnd)
    hSubMenu = GetSubMenu(hMenu, 0)
    SetMenuItemBitmaps hSubMenu, 0, MF_BYPOSITION, PictureClip1.GraphicCell(0), 0
    SetMenuItemBitmaps hSubMenu, 1, MF_BYPOSITION, PictureClip1.GraphicCell(1), PictureClip1.GraphicCell(3)
    hSubMenu = GetSubMenu(hMenu, 1)
    SetMenuItemBitmaps hSubMenu, 0, MF_BYPOSITION, PictureClip1.GraphicCell(2), 0
End Sub

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I think my reply answers the question.
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