How to tell the position of a menu item in VB6?

I am using Visual Basic 6 (please don't laugh), and I would like to dynamically position a control, at runtime, in a position based upon the position of one of the "top level" menu items (such as "File", "Edit", "View").

Unfortunately, VB's Menu control (which is the type of control that these "File", "Edit", etc. things are) does not have any properties like "Top", "Left", "Height", or "Width".

I could just experiment, eyeballing it, and eventually arrive at numbers that I'll hardcode, but for various reasons I would prefer that the code actually figure out where the control should go.

I am thinking that perhaps there is some Windows API call that I can use to figure out the position of the Menu control?

Thanks in advance.

Edit: In case it matters, this is on an MDI form.

Edit #2:

OK, answering my own question:

You can get the position of each item on the main menu bar via the GetMenuBarInfo function, such as:

    Dim mbi as MENUBARINFO
    mbi.cbSize = LenB(mbi)
    GetMenuBarInfo Me.hWnd, OBJID_MENU, lMenuNumber, mbi

Where "lMenuNumber" is 1 for the first (e.g. "File"), 2 for the second (e.g. "Edit"), etc.

That mbi struct has an rcBar member, which is the coordinates of the rectangle where that menu item is.

Unfortunately, it's in absolute coordinates relative to the screen, not relative to the MDI form. So, get the mbi the one you're interested in and of the first, and subtract.

Plus, the position as given in the mbi is in pixels, so convert as necessary to twips or whatever.


ANSWERS:


This is sort of doomed. Standard menus will vary in appearance and width with the version of Windows and the user's settings for UI fonts and such. For all we know Windows Next/8 may put them along the left side of the window!

If this information were meant to be used it would be available.

Perhaps if you could explain more about what you are trying to do with your UI we might have alternative suggestions.


OK, answering my own question:

You can get the position of each item on the main menu bar via the GetMenuBarInfo function, such as:

    Dim mbi as MENUBARINFO
    mbi.cbSize = LenB(mbi)
    GetMenuBarInfo Me.hWnd, OBJID_MENU, lMenuNumber, mbi

Where "lMenuNumber" is 1 for the first (e.g. "File"), 2 for the second (e.g. "Edit"), etc.

That mbi struct has an rcBar member, which is the coordinates of the rectangle where that menu item is.

Unfortunately, it's in absolute coordinates relative to the screen, not relative to the MDI form. So, get the mbi the one you're interested in and of the first, and subtract.

Plus, the position as given in the mbi is in pixels, so convert as necessary to twips or whatever.



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