Getting rid of Window List from MDI applications

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The MDI apps typically have a list of open windows. The list is appended to a menu item which is 1 position to the left of the right most menu item.

This is just ONE (simpler?) way of getting rid of it. There are other methods which duplicate some MFC code in application and then suppress WM_MDIREFRESHMENU message send.

I have not noticed any side effects of this. But use it at your own risk.

1. Define a popup menu item under the menu item which is one position left to the rightmost menu item. For example, given the following layout, add an item under "Windows".

File    Edit    View    Windows  Help

Dummy

2. Add a Menu Update Handler:

void MyApp::OnUpdateDummy(CCmdUI* pCmdUI) 
{
	// TODO: Add your command update UI handler code here
	
	if (!m_pMainWnd)
	{
		return;
	}
	
	CMenu* pMenu = m_pMainWnd->GetMenu();
	
	ASSERT(pMenu);
	
//	CMenu* pWindowList = pMenu->GetSubMenu(4); //or 3? or 5?
	CMenu* pWindowList =
		((CMDIFrameWnd*)AfxGetMainWnd())->GetWindowMenuPopup(pMenu->m_hMenu);

	
	ASSERT (pWindowList);
	
	CCmdUI item;
	item.m_pMenu = pWindowList;
	
	item.m_nIndexMax = pWindowList->GetMenuItemCount();
	item.m_nIndex = 0;
	
	//loop thru all menu items
	for (;item.m_nIndex < item.m_nIndexMax; item.m_nIndex++)
	{
		item.m_nID = pWindowList->GetMenuItemID(item.m_nIndex);
		switch(item.m_nID)
		{
        case ID_DUMMY:
			//do whatever
			item.Enable(TRUE);
			break;
        default:
			pWindowList->DeleteMenu(item.m_nID, MF_BYCOMMAND);
			break;
		}
	}
}