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 Activate a top bar menu

     MENUMODAL(<oTopBar>, <nSelection>, <nMsgRow>,
        <nMsgLeft>, <nMsgRight>, <cMsgColor>) --> MenuID


     <oTopBar> is a TopBarMenu object created from the TopBarMenu class.

     <nSelection> is the TopBarMenu item selected by default.

     <nMsgRow> is the row number where menu item messages will appear.

     <nMsgLeft> specifies the left border for menu item messages.

     <nMsgRight> specifies the right border for menu item messages.

     <cMsgColor> defines the color string for the menu item messages.  It
     consists of a single foreground/background pair.


     MENUMODAL() returns the menu ID of the chosen menu item.  Menu IDs are
     assigned using the MenuItem class.


     MENUMODAL() is a user-interface function that implements the pull-down
     menu system in CA-Clipper.  It is part of the open architecture Get
     system of CA-Clipper.  MENUMODAL() is similar to the READ command in
     that it waits for the user to perform an action.  However, the
     MENUMODAL() function will only respond to menu actions.

     To implement a menu object at the same time as other objects, use the
     READMODAL() function which has one of its arguments as TopBarMenu

     When the user chooses a menu item, control is passed to the code block
     associated with that particular menu item.  Code blocks are defined
     using the MenuItem class.

     The menu items can be selected by using either the keyboard or the
     mouse.  To select a menu item with the mouse, simply select its
     TopBarMenu item with the mouse and then choose the appropriate PopUp
     menu item.

     Note:  The MENUMODAL() function will take one menu event from the
     user and then terminate.  To avoid this, the following can be used, and
     the same will allow the program to continuously accept menu events:

     DO WHILE (MENUMODAL(themenu,...) <> ExitMenu)

     The following table lists the active keys that can be used during

     MENUMODAL() Navigation Keys
     Key                 Action
     Left arrow, Ctrl+S  Move to the next TopBarMenu item to the left.  If
                         there are no more items to the left, the rightmost
                         TopBarMenu item will be selected.
     Right arrow, Ctrl+D Move to the next TopBarMenu item to the right.  If
                         there are no more items to the right, the leftmost
                         TopBarMenu will be selected.
     Up arrow, Ctrl+E    Move to the previous PopUp menu item.  If there are
                         no more items above the current item, the menu item
                         on the bottom will be selected.
     Down arrow, Ctrl+X  Move to the next PopUp menu item.  If there are no
                         more items below the current item, the menu item on
                         the top will be selected.


     See the Menu.prg sample file in the \CLIP53\SOURCE\SAMPLE directory.
     This example demonstrates combining TopBarMenu, PopUpMenu, and MenuItem
     objects to create a menu with a number of available choices.  See
     "Introduction to the Menu System" in the Programming and Utilities Guide
     for more information about using this function.

 Files   Library is CLIPPER.LIB, source file is SOURCE\SYS\MENUSYS.PRG

See Also: MenuItem class PopUpMenu class TopBarMenu class
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