Popup menu or context menus are those which generally appear when user right clicks on graphical widgets. These menus are aligned to the context of the child windows like edit menu for textbox, and graphical toolbox for graphic editors.

TrackPopupMenu() Win32 API is used to display a context menu in a specific position of the screen. This API takes a handle to a popup menu. We can load an popup menu from existing resource or we can create popup menu dynamically with CreatePopupMenu() Win32 call.

BOOL TrackPopupMenu(
        HMENU hMenu,         /* Handle to a popup menu */
        UINT uFlags,         /* flags for display menu */
        int x,               /* Absolute X co-ordinate in screen */
        int y,               /* Absolute Y co-ordinate in screen */
        int nReserved,       /* must be zero */
        HWND hWnd,           /* Handle to parent window */
        const RECT *prcRect  /* Optional*/
HMENU CreatePopupMenu(); /* Creates a new handle to popup menu */

Context/Popup menu example using TrackPopupMenu()

Source Code

#include <windows.h>
#include <stdio.h>

/* Context Menu IDs */
#define IDM_CONTEXT_LINE   1000
#define IDM_CONTEXT_HELP   1003

                         UINT message, 
                         WPARAM wParam,
                         LPARAM lParam);

int APIENTRY WinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance,
                     HINSTANCE hPrevInstance,
                     LPSTR     lpCmdLine,
                     int       nCmdShow)
  MSG msg;
  HWND hWnd;
  ZeroMemory(&wc, sizeof(WNDCLASS));

  wc.style           = CS_HREDRAW | CS_VREDRAW;
  wc.lpfnWndProc     = (WNDPROC)WndProc;
  wc.hInstance       = hInstance;
  wc.hCursor         = LoadCursor(NULL, IDC_ARROW);
  wc.hbrBackground   = (HBRUSH)(COLOR_BACKGROUND);
  wc.lpszClassName   = (LPCTSTR)"MyWin32Popup";


   hWnd = CreateWindow("MyWin32Popup", "Popup/Context Menu", WS_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW,

  ShowWindow(hWnd, nCmdShow);
  while (GetMessage(&msg, NULL, 0, 0)) 
  return 0;

  char * context_menu[] = { "Line", "Rectangle", "Circle", "Help"};
  char msg[50];
  switch (message) 
    case WM_COMMAND:
      if(wParam >= IDM_CONTEXT_LINE && wParam <= IDM_CONTEXT_HELP) {
         sprintf(msg, "Clicked on %s", context_menu[wParam -IDM_CONTEXT_LINE]);
         MessageBox(hWnd, msg, "Popup Menu", MB_OK);
      DefWindowProc(hWnd, message, wParam, lParam);
      POINT pt;
      HMENU hMenuPopup = CreatePopupMenu();
      AppendMenu(hMenuPopup, MF_STRING, IDM_CONTEXT_LINE, "Line");
      AppendMenu(hMenuPopup, MF_STRING, IDM_CONTEXT_RECTAN, "Rectangle");
      AppendMenu(hMenuPopup, MF_STRING, IDM_CONTEXT_CIRCLE, "Circle");
      AppendMenu(hMenuPopup, MF_SEPARATOR, 0, NULL);
      AppendMenu(hMenuPopup, MF_STRING, IDM_CONTEXT_HELP, "Help");
      pt.x= GET_X_LPARAM(lParam);
      pt.y= GET_Y_LPARAM(lParam);
      ClientToScreen(hWnd, &pt);
                     TPM_LEFTALIGN | TPM_RIGHTBUTTON, 
                     pt.x, pt.y, 0, hWnd, NULL);
    case WM_DESTROY:
      return DefWindowProc(hWnd, message, wParam, lParam);
   return 0;

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