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working on my first autoit GUI an got some questions.

Is it possible to get an action on the first menu level

For example:

$StartMenu = GUICtrlCreateMenu("Datei")


while 1
    Switch GUIGetMsg()
        Case $StartMenu
            MsgBox(0, "Test", "yes this works")

(currently this does not work for me)

Currently I have to create GUICtrlCreateMenuItem 's this will leed to a result


And a 2nd question. I saw many time this:

$StartMenu = GUICtrlCreateMenu("&Datei")

For what does I need the ampersand? If I leave out the & nothing seems to change


Thank you very much in advance


Edited by argv1

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Glad you know how to use Autoit code tags!!


Can you please give us the completed demo script... with errors is ok




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Please do not post support questions in the Examples section - it does quite clearly say that:


Do not post general support questions here, instead use the AutoIt Help and Support forums.

You can detect a top-level menu event like this:

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <MsgBoxConstants.au3>

$hGUI = GUICreate("Test", 500, 500)

$mFilemenu = GUICtrlCreateMenu("&File")
$mExititem = GUICtrlCreateMenuItem("E&xit", $mFilemenu)
$mSpecialitem = GUICtrlCreateMenuItem("&Special", -1)
$mHelpmenu = GUICtrlCreateMenu("?")
$mAboutitem = GUICtrlCreateMenuItem("&About", $mHelpmenu)


While 1

    Switch GUIGetMsg()
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE, $mExititem
        Case $mSpecialitem
            MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "Hi", "I can be actioned!")
        Case $mAboutitem
            MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "Solved", "Thank Jos for that!")


And adding an ampersand (&) to the menu text allows you to use the next letter as a "hotkey" when you press the Alt key first - you will see that the letter is underlined.


Edited by Melba23

Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind._______My UDFs:


ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area


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