Menu Builder - Menu

 

The Macro Menu Builder creates popup menus or floating menus of the most frequently used macros or any other combination of macros. The completed popup menu can be activated by pressing a hot key or designating a notification area icon. The floating menu always stays on top of the desktop allowing continual access to the macros in the menu.

 

The Create a Popup Menu tutorial walks through the process of building a popup menu.

 

 

Macro Express Explorer > Double click on existing Popup menu or  Macro > Add Macro > Select Activation and Build as a Popup Menu > Click OK

 

 

Available Macros

All of the macros available for the menu are listed in the left hand column of the window. To include a macro in the menu, highlight the macro and click on the Insert Macro icon to place the macro in the menu. Or highlight the macro and drag it to the right hand column to place it in the menu.

 

 

Macros in Menu

This column lists all of the macros included as part of the popup or floating menu. This is the order that they are displayed in the popup menu or the floating toolbar. To rearrange the order, highlight the macro to move and then click on the Up or Down buttons. The highlighted macro will be moved up or down in the list depending on the button selected. 

 

To remove a macro from the menu, highlight the macro and then click on the Remove button. The macro is removed from the popup list and returned to the list of available macros. This macro can now be assigned to another menu, left alone or returned to the popup or floating menu later.

 

 

Menu Builder Navigation

This section describes the functionality of the buttons available to build and modify the menus.

 

 Insert Macro

Highlight a macro from the list of available macros and click on the Insert Macro button to add the macro to the popup or floating menu.

 

 Remove

Highlight a macro already placed in the menu and click on the Remove button to remove the macro from the menu. The macro will be displayed again as an available macro in the general menu.

 

 Move Item Up

Highlight a macro in the menu and click on the Move Item Up button to change the position of the macro in the menu. Each click moves the macro up one spot in the menu.

 

 Move Item Down

Highlight a macro in the menu and click on the Move Item Down button to change the position of the macro in the menu. Each click moves the macro down one spot in the menu.

 

 Insert Submenu

Click on this button to open the SubMenu window as shown below. This option creates a submenu within the menu structure. Use the Up and Down arrows, or the Indent and Unindent buttons to move the submenu to its desired location.

 

 

 

 

Accelerator: Assign any letter of the alphabet or a number from 0 to 9 as the submenu accelerator key. Pressing the assigned key expands the submenu. The assigned accelerator keys are not used with the Icon menus or the Windows Default style menu.
 

Caption: Assign a name for the submenu. This identifies the submenu.


Icon: Assign an icon to the submenu by clicking on the Change button. Locate an icon and select it for use.

 

Image of Popup Menu with Submenu Displayed

 

 

 

 

 Indent

This option is available when using a submenu. Move the macro beneath the submenu using the Move Item Down button. Next click on the Indent button to move the macro so that it is now part of the submenu.

 

 Unindent

This option removes the highlighted macro from the submenu and places it back in the general menu.

 

 Insert Separator

This option inserts a separator line in the menu to separate two macros. This is strictly for visual effect.

 

Set Accelerator

Assign an accelerator key to the macro selected. Pressing the accelerator key plays back the macro when the menu is open. Highlight the macro and click on the Set Accelerator button for a prompt to assign an accelerator key. Choose from any letter of the alphabet or a number from 0 to 9 as the accelerator key.

 

 

Floating Menu Hint: If the floating menu has somehow been dragged far enough off the edge of the screen so that it cannot be drug back into position, follow one of these two procedures to correct the problem.

1. Right mouse click on the notification area icon. From the menu that opens left click on Tools > Restore Toolbars.
2. From the Macro Explorer, find the Floating Menu macro and double click on it to open the Menu Builder. Click on the Miscellaneous Tab, uncheck the Menu is Enabled box and click on the Save icon. Then place a check next to the Menu is Enabled box and click Save.

This restores the Floating menu so that it is again visible on the screen. The menu is placed at the 0,0 screen coordinates in the upper left hand corner of the screen.