Tooltips for Menu Items and Popup Menu Items

Environment: VC6 SP4, NT4 SP3 and above

This is a simple and the best way to add tooltips to menu items. All you have to do is include the header file, call Create, and hook the WM_MENUSELECT message. My helper class will take care of everything else from there.

Call this Create function in the OnInitDialog or OnCreate functions of your main window.

myMenuToolTip.Create(m_hWnd, _T("Sample Menu Text"),
  ,TTS_NOPREFIX | TTS_BALLOON       // play with this flags to get
                                    // your own style of toolips
  , _T("My Best Tool Tip Title")    // title for the tooltips

When your window receives WM_MENUSELECT, call the OnMenuSelect function to notify my helper class.

myMenuToolTip.OnMenuSelect(nItemID, nFlags, hSubMenu);


Download demo/source project - 19 Kb
Open Header file - 5 Kb


  • Shadow

    Posted by Legacy on 11/26/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Anonymous

    Is there a flag for adding shadow? I know only 2000+ support it.

  • little bug

    Posted by Legacy on 11/25/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: jink

    void SetToolTipPosition(HMENU hMenu, UINT nItemID)
    ::GetMenuItemRect(m_hParent, hMenu, nItem, &rt);


    void SetToolTipPosition(HMENU hMenu, UINT nItemID)
    ::GetMenuItemRect(NULL, hMenu, nItem, &rt);


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