Win Menu 2000 Publisher's description
Manage all your most used files, Internet Shortcuts and drives. It will run all your old DOS programs and new windows utilities.
Manage all your most used files, Internet Shortcuts and drives. It will run all your old DOS programs and new windows utilities. Configure by DragDrop to menu bar or use the feature packed setup Screen program to access all the advanced features. You might even use different user profiles. It installs itself to your windows desktop and you have one-click access to your 900 favorite files.
I started making Win Menu to fill in a gap in my utilities collection. There was lotвЂ™s of toolbars around, but none of them was just the thing I was looking for. So I started programming, learning on the way as I stumbled true the first working compilation. Although Win 95 Menu was not the prettiest toolbar around, it included my most basic needs to configure and run some programs. Then I made an English version, but it was never a success. The main reason was that the configuration was limited and not much fun to use. Then when IвЂ™d got some experience creating a toolbar I started a whole new project, I rewrote every bit of code, and this time I started with the configuration part. All in all Win Menu 98 was a success, IвЂ™ve had more downloads and positive comments than ever imagined. Today Win Menu 3 is a fairly known and well-used toolbar. Although the development took ages and itвЂ™s all freeware, IвЂ™ve learned a lot and now my job consist mostly of using the skills I started learning while coding Win Menu.
- Install issue related to user profiles fixed.
- Fixed the problem with the option for not starting win menu in a windows profile.
- Fixed a problem that prevented a group to auto popup if the group only contained on item.
- Fixed a problem with the popup menu not auto hiding if it where popped up by auto popup, it hides when the program looses focus, but it this cases Win Menu never had focus.
- Fixed a problem with DragDroping shortcuts to the menu bar, and with other nonexistent automatically assigned icons.
- Win+W (default) as a systemwide popup shortcut.
- Removed the mp3 integration, no need for it when www.WinAMP.com is free.
- Fully integrated hot-keys for every item.
- Option to hide the name or icon of the items (only display the icon or name).
- Better integrated option to set a background image to the toolbar (Not to many knew about this).
- Removed the plug in integration, you can still use the Appbar plug in though.
- Improved the icon-extraction dialog.
- When entering setup, the toolbar goes to a new standby mode instead of just closing.
- The above prevents the Tray icon to reset (and change place) when entering setup.
- Moved the storing of the "Show in:TaskBar,Tray" -setting from the registry to the "*.prf"-file.
- Added a server/client mode (still basic, more to come. Should work great at schools...).
- Added option to connect more items to command lines (Virtual items).
- Added option to auto run items when you start Win Menu (Virtual items).
- Support for moving and copying an item to and from groups.
- Better image handling.
- Options to extract icons at runtime (instead of storing them as *.bmp).
- Config.exe may edit other profiles than current if you load it with command line parameters.
- Small tweaks and optimizes.
- The main structure of the source if rewritten.
- Fixed a small bug that reported wrong version information.
- When browsing for files the old browse dialog is back, but IвЂ™ve also added a drop down button to use the folder browser.
- If no groups are added Win Menu will automatically load setup.
- LotвЂ™s of new stuff, most of the code is rewritten.
- Fixed stupid tabbing error
- Hopefully fixed the not installed error(again)
- Code optimization
- Minor changes
- Provided a set of sample icons(Thanks to Mazlan Ibrahim)
- Now you can add folders with DragDrop
- The images on the menu bar is now centered when using bevel
- Code uptimization
- Items menu popupвЂ™s horizontal position is dependant on bar position(instead of width)
- New command for hiding the menu bar
- Fixing the problem with reading the registry(WM98 is not installed error)
- The preview image at Setup,Groups is now resizing to your icon size
- AlwaysOnTop is turned on(Normal:UnCheck,OnTop:Check,Only when hidden:Gray)
- "Custom Execute Type" removed, no need for it when there is "Context Menu"
- Changed the browse directory dialog in the items menu
- Added a browse computer dialog as a special item
- Added a "Show Context Menu" command for all items
- Minor design changes
- Faster load time(I hope)
- Bug fix
- Made a real patch update(updating only the changes inn files)
This guide was written before the release of Win Menu 2000, and so some of it is outdated.
Adding the first few menu items
If setup doesnвЂ™t automatically start when you run Win Menu 3, right-click on the menu bar. If you havenвЂ™t added any items it might just be a small dot in you upper right corner. When you right-click a small popup menu should appear. Click "Setup". Now you see the setup start-up screen. The setup programs are divided into to main areas: "Items setup" and "User profiles". You may switch between them by clicking the tabs in "Win Menu 3 - SetupвЂ™s " upper left corner. Make sure you are in the "Items Setup" part.
Adding the first group:
Create a new group by either clicking the "Create new group" icon of right clicking in the "Tree items" view. Now you can see that "My new group" popup up in the "Tree items" view. And the about box on the right side disappeared in exchange for "Group options". Settings up the group options are quite easy and self-explaining. First you should change the name of the group. Write some text in the "Group name" box or click twice (NOT double-click) on the group in the "Tree items" view. Every group need to have a name, so you canвЂ™t delete it, only change it. Now, you should find an icon for the group. Win Menu 3 uses .bmp files as icons. But Win Menu 3 includes an internal icon extractor, so you may also use .ico .exe ++. To change the icon, click "Change icon" in the "Group Icon" section. Now a browse dialog appears. Find a suitable .bmp file, try finding a small one.. witch saves RAM. If youвЂ™ve found a .bmp file a sample of it shows in the "Group icon" section. You also have a choice to make it transparent. Now add a couple of more groups.
Adding the first item:
Select the first of the group you added (click it in the "Tree items"). Right next to the "Create new group" you will find "Create new item", click it, or add the group by right-clicking it the "Tree items" view and selecting "New item" from the popup menu. Now youвЂ™ll se the new group as a sub item in the "Tree items", and "Group options" hides behind the up-popping "Item options". Now select a name for the new item and write it in the "Name" box (sample: TextIt). Now select the "File command" box and write in the path for the program (sample: c:program filessvennatextittextit.exe). You donвЂ™t have to bother with the rest because the defaults are normally quite ok.
Adding more items:
Now the easiest way to add more items is to drag the file or a shortcut either to one of the groups in the "Tree items" or to the group items at the menu bar. Then Win Menu will use all the default settings and add the program or folder automatically.
System Requirements:No special requirements.
Program Release Status: Minor Update
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall