Menu items are vital part when dealing with a big functional application. Application can have large numbers of sections and categories. Menu resources makes it possible to link different sections together. User can navigate different subsections ans can access different dialogs. Menu items are static resources. they can be constructed by resource editor. Insert new menu resource and give a name of the menu. Now add sub items and add IDs.
LoadMenu() loads menu resource from executable and returns the handle to the menu.
ParametersName of the menu resource.
Handle to a newly loaded menu (HMENU).
Menu resource can be added using Insert -> Resource -> Menu in VC++ Editor. We inserted a menu resource named as IDR_MENU1 and then added this resource in project.
We added a top menu named as "File". We added additional sub menu items under this menu item. We need to add unique identities for each menu items.
Menu Demo output
Menu Demo code
We can load a menu resource and set it to a main window in three ways-
- Load Menu and supply handle to CreateWindow() as an argument,
- Load Menu and set this menu to the window using SetMenu
- Load Menu and set this menu to the window during window creation (WM_CREATE)
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