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I have one menu that I want to show on two GUIs. I tried putting the menu in a function and calling it from each GUI, but that didn't work, and I don't want to make two separate menus. Is it possible to have one menu show up in two separate GUIs? I did a search for multiple gui/window, but I got nothing.

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I have one menu that I want to show on two GUIs. I tried putting the menu in a function and calling it from each GUI, but that didn't work, and I don't want to make two separate menus. Is it possible to have one menu show up in two separate GUIs? I did a search for multiple gui/window, but I got nothing.

It sounds like your GUI should have been built with the second window as a child. Apart from that you can create your menu in a function which is in a separate au3 file (hereafter refered to as _Menu() and MyMenu.au3) in the script directory. Then at the top of the main script you use

#Include "MyMenu.au3"

The top line in MyMenu.au3 should be #Include-once.

Then your main script will use

$Main_GUI = GUICreate("Main")
<Anysettings for the GUI like GUISetFont() or GUISetBKColor()>
_Menu()

$Sec_GUI = GUICreate("Secondary")
<Anysettings for the GUI like GUISetFont() or GUISetBKColor()>
_Menu()

And the same _Menu() function will work even when it's not in a #included file. Just put it in the main script and make sure that you don't make any errors when calling it using the same method as shown in the code block above.


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#3 ·  Posted (edited)

The function way doesn't work...still. I should have been a little clearer with the function part, when I put the menu in a function, only the second GUI calling the function will have a working menu. The first GUI that called the menu wont have a working menu, and that is the same case when I put it in an include file. I put the _Menu() call both before and tried it after the GUISetState(). I'll look into the child GUI way now...but how exactly would that differ?

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The function way doesn't work...still. I should have been a little clearer with the function part, when I put the menu in a function, only the second GUI calling the function will have a working menu. The first GUI that called the menu wont have a working menu, and that is the same case when I put it in an include file. I put the _Menu() call both before and tried it after the GUISetState(). I'll look into the child GUI way now...but how exactly would that differ?

Then either you are calling it improperly or you are using a window style that will not allow a menu because it does work. I've done it many times.

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#5 ·  Posted (edited)

Here is a quick working example of what I'm doing. What am I doing wrong? The menu will only work on GUI2.

#include <GUIConstants.au3>
Global $menuButton

$GUI1 = GUICreate('GUI1', 220, 120)
    $BUTTON1 = GUICtrlCreateButton("Switch",10,10,60,30)
    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Page 1", 10, 50, 50, 20)
    _Menu()
GUISetState(@SW_HIDE)


$GUI2 =  GUICreate('GUI2', 220, 120)
    $BUTTON2 = GUICtrlCreateButton("Switch",10,10,60,30)
    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Page 2", 10, 50, 50, 20)
    _Menu()
GUISetState(@SW_SHOW)


Func _Menu()
$menu = GUICtrlCreateMenu("Menu")
    $menuButton = GUICtrlCreateMenuItem("Test", $menu)
EndFunc

While 1
    $msg = GUIGetMsg()
    Select
        Case $msg = $BUTTON1
            GUISetState(@SW_SHOW, $GUI2)
            GUISetState(@SW_HIDE, $GUI1)
            
        Case $msg = $BUTTON2
            GUISetState(@SW_SHOW, $GUI1)
            GUISetState(@SW_HIDE, $GUI2)
            
        Case $msg = $menuButton
            MsgBox(0,0,"Working")
            
        Case $msg = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
            Exit
    EndSelect
WEnd
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This is definitly one of those cases where using child windows would have been better. I'll work one up from your code in a while.


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Here you are

#include <GUIConstants.au3>
Global $menuButton, $WS_Child = 0x40000000
$Main_GUI = GUICreate("Main GUI", 220,120)
_Menu()
GUISetState()
$GUI1 = GUICreate('GUI1', 220, 120, 0, 0, $WS_CHILD, -1, $Main_GUI)
    $BUTTON1 = GUICtrlCreateButton("Switch",10,10,60,30)
    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Page 1", 10, 50, 50, 20)
 
$GUI2 =  GUICreate('GUI2', 220, 120, 0, 0, $WS_CHILD, -1, $Main_GUI)
    $BUTTON2 = GUICtrlCreateButton("Switch",10,10,60,30)
    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Page 2", 10, 50, 50, 20)
  ; _Menu()
GUISetState(@SW_HIDE, $GUI1)
GUISetState(@SW_SHOW, $GUI2)

While 1
    $msg = GUIGetMsg()
    Select
        Case $msg = $BUTTON1
            GUISetState(@SW_SHOW, $GUI2)
            GUISetState(@SW_HIDE, $GUI1)
        Case $msg = $BUTTON2
            GUISetState(@SW_SHOW, $GUI1)
            GUISetState(@SW_HIDE, $GUI2)
        Case $msg = $menuButton
            MsgBox(0,0,"Working")
            
        Case $msg = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
            Exit
    EndSelect
WEnd

Func _Menu()
$menu = GUICtrlCreateMenu("Menu")
    $menuButton = GUICtrlCreateMenuItem("Test", $menu)
EndFunc

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Thanks, it works great, I've never used child GUIs before, and I can pretty much see its uses now, but it seems that I will be unable to use it with what I want. I'm trying to incorporate it with the sliding toolbar, and since everything is within the parent window, the toolbar can't "slide out". So it seems that I will have to just make two menus then. Thanks anyway.

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#9 ·  Posted (edited)

Thanks, it works great, I've never used child GUIs before, and I can pretty much see its uses now, but it seems that I will be unable to use it with what I want. I'm trying to incorporate it with the sliding toolbar, and since everything is within the parent window, the toolbar can't "slide out". So it seems that I will have to just make two menus then. Thanks anyway.

I wouldn't bet on that. Show a better example. I'm thinking that the Toolbar can be created as part of the Main GUI and then reposition the child windows. I would show you a better example of using child windows but the code has 25 windows and a lot of control code (619 controls)

EDIT: Actually if you just post your Toolbar code I can probably work another example sometime today.

Edited by GEOSoft

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I believe I've put in all things that would/wouldn't affect the functionality of this. There are other GUIs that are a part of the script that wont be children, but they don't need to access the menu item, so I didn't include them in the example to keep everything short and sweet.

#include <GUIConstants.au3>
Global $menuButton, $menuExit;, $WS_Child = 0x40000000
$Main_GUI = GUICreate("Main GUI", 60,89, 0, 300,BitOr($WS_POPUP,$WS_BORDER), BitOr($WS_EX_TOPMOST,$WS_EX_TOOLWINDOW))
    WinSetTrans($Main_GUI, "",240)
    _Menu()
GUISetState()

$Slide1 = GUICreate("Sliding Toolbar", 600, 85, 0, 0, BitOr($WS_CHILD,$WS_BORDER), BitOr($WS_EX_TOPMOST,$WS_EX_TOOLWINDOW),$Main_GUI)
    $Show = GUICtrlCreateButton(">", 2, 4, 55, 60, BitOR($BS_CENTER, $BS_FLAT))
GuiSetState(@SW_SHOW)

$Slide2 = GUICreate("Sliding Toolbar", 60, 85, 0, 0, BitOr($WS_CHILD,$WS_BORDER), BitOr($WS_EX_TOPMOST,$WS_EX_TOOLWINDOW),$Main_GUI)
    $Button1 = GUICtrlCreateButton("Btn 1", 20, 35, 73, 41)
    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Button 1", 28, 6, 60, 28, $SS_CENTER)
    $Button2 = GUICtrlCreateButton("Btn 2", 100, 35, 73, 41)
    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Button 2", 108, 6, 60, 28, $SS_CENTER)
    $Button3 = GUICtrlCreateButton("Btn 3", 180, 35, 73, 41)
    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Button 3", 194, 6, 43, 17)
    $Button4 = GUICtrlCreateButton("Btn 4", 260, 35, 73, 41)
    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Button 4", 280, 6, 75, 17)
    $Button5 = GUICtrlCreateButton("Btn 5", 340, 35, 73, 41)
    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Button 5", 350, 6, 75, 17)
    $Button6 = GUICtrlCreateButton("Btn 6", 420, 35, 73, 41)
    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Button 6", 436, 6, 40, 17)
    $Hide = GUICtrlCreateButton("<", 542, 4, 55, 60, BitOR($BS_CENTER, $BS_FLAT))
GuiSetState(@SW_HIDE)

Func _Menu()
$menu = GUICtrlCreateMenu("Menu")
    $menuButton = GUICtrlCreateMenuItem("Test", $menu)
    $menuExit = GUICtrlCreateMenuItem("Exit", $menu)
EndFunc

While 1
    
    $msg = GUIGetMsg()
    
    Select
        
        Case $msg = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
            Exit
        
        Case $msg = $Show
            Slide_in()
        
        Case $msg = $Hide
            Slide_out()

        Case $msg = $menuButton
            MsgBox(0,0,"Working")

        Case $msg = $menuExit
            Exit
        
    EndSelect
WEnd

Func Slide_in()

    DllCall("user32.dll", "int", "AnimateWindow", "hwnd", $Slide1, "int", 0, "long", 0x00050002);slide out to left
    DllCall("user32.dll", "int", "AnimateWindow", "hwnd", $Slide2, "int", 625, "long", 0x00040001);slide in from left
    GuiSetState(@SW_SHOW,$Slide2)
    
EndFunc ;==>Slide_in

Func Slide_out()
    
    DllCall("user32.dll", "int", "AnimateWindow", "hwnd", $Slide2, "int", 625, "long", 0x00050002);slide out to left
    DllCall("user32.dll", "int", "AnimateWindow", "hwnd", $Slide1, "int", 0, "long", 0x00040001);slide in from left
    GuiSetState(@SW_SHOW,$Slide1)
    
EndFunc ;==>Slide_out

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It's getting late so I'll work at it tomorrow. It won't look like that when you get it back.


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That's cool, anything you can do to help. Thanks.

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