Working with Shortcut Menus - Developing Excel Applications - Excel 2016 Power Programming with VBA (2016)

Excel 2016 Power Programming with VBA (2016)

Part IV. Developing Excel Applications

Chapter 18. Working with Shortcut Menus

In This Chapter

· Identifying shortcut menus

· Customizing the shortcut menus

· Disabling shortcut menus

· Using events with shortcut menus

· Creating a new shortcut menu

CommandBar Overview

A CommandBar object is used for three Excel user interface elements:

· Custom toolbars

· Custom menus

· Customs shortcut (right-click) menus

Beginning with Excel 2007, the CommandBar object is in an odd position. If you write VBA code to customize a menu or a toolbar, Excel intercepts that code and ignores many of your commands. Menu and toolbar customizations performed with the CommandBar object appear in the Add-Ins ➜ Menu Commands group or the Add-Ins ➜ Custom Toolbars group. So, for all practical purposes, the CommandBar object in Excel is now limited to shortcut menu operations.

In this section, I provide some background information about CommandBars.

CommandBar types

Excel supports three types of CommandBars, differentiated by their Type property. The Type property can be any of these three values:

· msoBarTypeNormal: A toolbar (Type = 0)

· msoBarTypeMenuBar: A menu bar (Type = 1)

· msoBarTypePopUp: A shortcut menu (Type = 2)

Even though toolbars and menu bars aren’t used in Excel 2007 and later, these UI elements are still included in the object model for compatibility with older applications. However, attempting to display a CommandBar of Type 0 or 1 has no effect in Excel versions after Excel 2003. In Excel 2003, for example, the following statement displays the Standard toolbar:

CommandBars("Standard").Visible = True

In later versions of Excel, that statement is ignored.

This chapter focuses exclusively on Type 2 CommandBars (shortcut menus).

Listing shortcut menus

Excel 2016 has 67 shortcut menus. How do I know that? I ran the ShowShortcutMenuNames procedure that follows, which loops through all CommandBars. If the Type property is msoBarTypePopUp (a built-in constant that has a value of 2), it displays the shortcut menu’s index, name, and the number of menu items it contains.

Sub ShowShortcutMenuNames()

Dim Row As Long

Dim cbar As CommandBar

Row = 1

For Each cbar In CommandBars

If cbar.Type = msoBarTypePopUp Then

Cells(Row, 1) = cbar.Index

Cells(Row, 2) = cbar.Name

Cells(Row, 3) = cbar.Controls.Count

Row = Row + 1

End If

Next cbar

End Sub

Figure 18.1 shows part of the output from this procedure. The shortcut menu index values range from 22 to 156. Also, note that not all the names are unique. For example, CommandBar 36 and CommandBar 39 both have a Name of Cell because right-clicking a cell gives a different shortcut menu when the worksheet is in page break preview mode.

Screenshot shows an excel listing data in the first 24 rows of columns A, B and C.

Figure 18.1 A simple macro generates a list of all shortcut menus.

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This example is available on the book’s website in the show shortcut menu names.xlsm file.

Referring to CommandBars

You can reference a particular CommandBar object by its Index or Name property. For example, the expressions that follow both refer to the shortcut menu that is displayed when you right-click a column letter in Excel 2016:



The CommandBars collection is a member of the Application object. When you reference this collection in a regular VBA module or in a module for a sheet, you can omit the reference to the Application object. For example, the following statement (contained in a standard VBA module) displays the name of the object in the CommandBars collection that has an index of 42:

MsgBox CommandBars(42).Name

When you reference the CommandBars collection from a code module for a ThisWorkbook object, you must precede it with a reference to the Application object, like this:

MsgBox Application.CommandBars(42).Name

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Unfortunately, the Index numbers for CommandBars have not always remained constant across the different Excel versions. For example, In Excel 2016, CommandBar 36 has the Name of Cell. In Excel 2013, CommandBar 36 had the Name of Workbook tabs. Therefore, using names rather than index numbers is more reliable.

Referring to controls in a CommandBar

A CommandBar object contains Control objects, which are buttons or menus. You can refer to a control by its Index property or by its Caption property. Here’s a simple procedure that displays the caption of the first menu item on the Cell shortcut menu:

Sub ShowCaption()

MsgBox CommandBars("Cell").Controls(1).Caption

End Sub

The following procedure displays the Caption property for each control in the shortcut menu that appears when you right-click a sheet tab (that shortcut menu is named Ply):

Sub ShowCaptions()

Dim txt As String

Dim ctl As CommandBarControl

For Each ctl In CommandBars("Ply").Controls

txt = txt & ctl.Caption & vbNewLine

Next ctl

MsgBox txt

End Sub

When you execute this procedure, you see the message box shown in Figure 18.2. The ampersand is used to indicate the underlined letter in the text — the keystroke that will execute the menu item.

Screenshot shows a part of Microsoft excel listing caption properties for controls such as insert, delete, rename, move or copy, view code, protect sheet, tab color, hide and unhide.

Figure 18.2 Displaying the Caption property for controls.

In some cases, Control objects on a shortcut menu contain other Control objects. For example, the Filter control on the Cell right-click menu contains other controls. The Filter control is a submenu, and the additional items are submenu items.

The statement that follows displays the first submenu item in the Filter submenu:

MsgBox CommandBars("Cell").Controls("Filter").Controls(1).Caption

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If you’re writing code that will be used by a different language version of Excel, avoid using the Caption property to access a particular shortcut menu item. The Caption property is language-specific, so your code will fail if the user has a different language version of Excel.

Instead, use the FindControl method with the ID of the control (which is language-independent). For example, assume that you want to disable the Cut menu on the shortcut menu that appears when you right-click a column letter. If your workbook will be used only by people who have the English version of Excel, this statement will do the job:

CommandBars("Column").Controls("Cut").Enabled = False

To ensure that the command will work with non-English versions, you need to know the ID of the control. The following statement will tell you that the ID is 21:

MsgBox CommandBars("Column").Controls("Cut").ID

Then, to disable that control, use this statement:

CommandBars("Column").FindControl(ID:=21).Enabled = False

The CommandBar names are not internationalized, so a reference to CommandBars("Column") will always work. If two more command bars have the same name, the first one is used.

Properties of CommandBar controls

CommandBar controls have a number of properties that determine how the controls look and work. This list contains some of the more useful properties for CommandBar controls:

· Caption: The text displayed for the control. If the control shows only an image, the Caption appears when you move the mouse pointer over the control.

· ID: A unique numeric identifier for the control.

· FaceID: A number that represents a built-in graphic image displayed next to the control’s text.

· Type: A value that determines whether a control is a button (msoControlButton) or a submenu (msoControlPopup).

· Picture: A graphics image displayed next to the control’s text. This property is useful if you want to display a graphic from the Ribbon.

· BeginGroup: True if a separator bar appears before the control.

· OnAction: The name of a VBA macro that executes when the user clicks the control.

· BuiltIn: True if the control is an Excel built-in control.

· Enabled: True if the control can be clicked.

· Visible: True if the control is visible. Many of the shortcut menus contain hidden controls.

· ToolTipText: Text that appears when the user moves the mouse pointer over the control. (Not applicable for shortcut menus.)

Displaying all shortcut menu items

The ShowShortcutMenuItems procedure that follows creates a table that lists all the first-level controls on every shortcut menu. For each control, the table includes the shortcut menu’s Index and Name, plus the ID, Caption , Type, Enabled, and Visible property values.

Sub ShowShortcutMenuItems()

Dim Row As Long

Dim Cbar As CommandBar

Dim ctl As CommandBarControl

Range("A1:G1") = Array("Index","Name","ID","Caption", _


Row = 2

Application.ScreenUpdating = False

For Each Cbar In Application.CommandBars

If Cbar.Type = 2 Then

For Each ctl In Cbar.Controls

Cells(Row, 1) = Cbar.Index

Cells(Row, 2) = Cbar.Name

Cells(Row, 3) = ctl.ID

Cells(Row, 4) = ctl.Caption

If ctl.Type = 1 Then

Cells(Row, 5) ="Button"


Cells(Row, 5) ="Submenu"

End If

Cells(Row, 6) = ctl.Enabled

Cells(Row, 7) = ctl.Visible

Row = Row + 1

Next ctl

End If

Next Cbar

ActiveSheet.ListObjects.Add(xlSrcRange, _

Range("A1").CurrentRegion, , xlYes).Name ="Table1"

End Sub

Figure 18.3 shows a portion of the output.

Screenshot shows the commands used to display the shortcut menu items used in excel along with an excel sheet displaying values under the columns index, name, ID, caption, type, enabled and visible.

Figure 18.3 Listing the items in all shortcut menus.

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This example, named show shortcut menu items.xlsm, is available on the book’s website.

inline Displaying Excel 2003 menus

One of the built-in shortcut menus is named Built-In Menus, and it contains the menu items used in Excel 2003 (the final pre-Ribbon version of Excel). This shortcut menu isn’t attached to an object, but you can display it using this VBA command:

Application.CommandBars("Built-in Menus").ShowPopup

This book’s website has an example (named make xl 2003 menus.xlsm) that contains code to copy those shortcut menus to a toolbar. The toolbar is displayed on the Ribbon when the Add-Ins tab is active. As a result, you can use the Excel 2003 menus with Excel 2016.

The accompanying figure shows how the Excel 2003 menu looks in Excel 2016.

Screenshot shows an excel where the options under the dropdown of insert is listed. The name option with sub options define, paste, create and apply is selected.

Some commands no longer function and (of course) newer features are not in the menus, so displaying Excel 2003 menus is more of a curiosity than a useful tool.

Using VBA to Customize Shortcut Menus

In this section, I present some practical examples of VBA code that manipulates Excel’s shortcut menus. These examples, which can be modified to suit your needs, will give you an idea of the types of things you can do with shortcut menus.

Shortcut menu and the single-document interface

In Excel versions prior to 2013, if your code modified a shortcut menu, that modification was in effect for all workbooks. For example, if you added a new item to the Cell right-click menu, that new item would appear when you right-clicked a cell in any workbook (and other workbooks that you open). In other words, shortcut menu modifications were at the application level.

Beginning in Excel 2013, Excel uses a single-document interface, which affects shortcut menus. Changes that you make to shortcut menus affect only the active workbook window. When you execute the code that modifies the shortcut menu, the shortcut menu for windows other than the active window will not be changed. This behavior is a radical departure from how things worked in previous versions of Excel.

And another twist: If the user opens a workbook (or creates a new workbook) when the active window displays the modified shortcut menu, the new workbook will also display the modified shortcut menu. In other words, new windows display the same shortcut menus as the window that was active when the new window was opened. If you write code to delete the shortcut menus, they are deleted only in the original workbook.

Even if a shortcut menu modification is intended to be used only in a single workbook, there’s still a potential problem: If the user opens a new workbook, that new workbook will display the customized shortcut menus. Therefore, you might need to modify your code so the macros executed by the shortcut menus work only in the workbook for which they were designed.

If you want to use a custom shortcut menu as a way to execute a macro in an add-in, that menu item will be available only in workbooks that are opened after the add-in is opened.

Bottom line: In the past, if you opened a workbook or add-in that modified shortcut menus, you could be assured that the modified shortcut menus would be available in all workbooks. With Excel 2013 and later versions, you no longer have that assurance.

inline Customizing shortcut menus with RibbonX code

You can also use RibbonX code to customize shortcut menus. When a workbook is opened that contains such code, the shortcut menu changes affect only that workbook. To make shortcut menu modifications in all workbooks, place the RibbonX code in an add-in.

Here’s a simple example of RibbonX code that modifies the Cell right-click menu. As shown in the accompanying figure, the code adds a shortcut menu item after the Hyperlink menu item.



<contextMenu idMso="ContextMenuCell">

<button id="FileName_MyMenuItem"

label="Run My Macro..."







Screenshot shows the options listing on right clicking on a blank cell in an excel sheet where the run my macro option is selected.

Using RibbonX to modify shortcut menus was introduced in Excel 2010, so this technique doesn’t work with Excel 2007.

As I explain in Chapter 17, you need to use a separate program to add RibbonX code.

Resetting a shortcut menu

The Reset method restores a shortcut menu to its original, default condition. The following procedure resets the Cell shortcut menu to its normal state:

Sub ResetCellMenu()


End Sub

In Excel 2016, the Reset method affects the Cell shortcut menu only in the active window.

As I noted previously, Excel has two shortcut menus named Cell. The preceding code resets only the first one (index of 36). To reset the second Cell shortcut menu, you can use its index number (39) instead of its name. But remember, the index numbers aren’t consistent across Excel versions. Here’s a better procedure to reset both instances of the Cell shortcut menu in the active window:

Sub ResetCellMenu()

Dim cbar As CommandBar

For Each cbar In Application.CommandBars

If cbar.Name ="Cell" Then cbar.Reset

Next cbar

End Sub

The following procedure resets all built-in shortcut menus to their original states:

Sub ResetAllShortcutMenus()

Dim cbar As CommandBar

For Each cbar In Application.CommandBars

If cbar.Type = msoBarTypePopup Then


cbar.Enabled = True

End If

Next cbar

End Sub

In Excel 2016, the ResetAllShortcutMenus procedure works only with the active window. To reset the shortcut menus in all open windows, the code gets a bit more complex:

Sub ResetAllShortcutMenus2()

' Works with all windows

Dim cbar As CommandBar

Dim activeWin As Window

Dim win As Window

' Remember current active window

Set activeWin = ActiveWindow

' Loop through each visible window

Application.ScreenUpdating = False

For Each win In Windows

If win.Visible Then


For Each cbar In Application.CommandBars

If cbar.Type = msoBarTypePopup Then


cbar.Enabled = True

End If

Next cbar

End If

Next win

' Activate original window


Application.ScreenUpdating = True

End Sub

The code starts by keeping track of the active window and storing it as an object variable (activeWin). The code then loops through all open windows and activates each one — but skips hidden windows because activating a hidden window makes it visible. For each active window, it loops through each CommandBar and resets those that are shortcut menus. Finally, the code reactivates the original window.

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Both versions of the ResetAllShortcutMenus procedure are available on the book’s website in the reset all shortcut menus.xlsm file.

Disabling a shortcut menu

The Enabled property lets you disable an entire shortcut menu. For example, you can set this property so that right-clicking a cell does not display the normal shortcut menu. The following statement disables the Cell shortcut menu for the workbook in the active window:

Application.CommandBars("Cell").Enabled = False

To reenable the shortcut menu, set its Enabled property to True. Resetting a shortcut menu does not enable it.

If you want to disable all shortcut menus in the active window, use the following procedure:

Sub DisableAllShortcutMenus()

Dim cb As CommandBar

For Each cb In CommandBars

If cb.Type = msoBarTypePopup Then _

cb.Enabled = False

Next cb

End Sub

Disabling shortcut menu items

You may want to disable one or more items on certain shortcut menus while your application is running. When an item is disabled, its text appears in light gray, and clicking it has no effect. The following procedure disables the Hide menu item from the Row and Column shortcut menus in the active window:

Sub DisableHideMenuItems()

CommandBars("Column").Controls("Hide").Enabled = False

CommandBars("Row").Controls("Hide").Enabled = False

End Sub

This procedure doesn’t prevent a user from using other methods to hide rows or columns, such as the Format command in the Home ➜ Cells group.

Adding a new item to the Cell shortcut menu

The AddToShortcut procedure that follows adds a new menu item to the Cell shortcut menu: Toggle Wrap Text. Recall that Excel has two Cell shortcut menus. This procedure modifies the normal right-click menu but not the right-click menu that appears in page break preview mode.

Sub AddToShortCut()

' Adds a menu item to the Cell shortcut menu

Dim Bar As CommandBar

Dim NewControl As CommandBarButton


Set Bar = CommandBars("Cell")

Set NewControl = Bar.Controls.Add _


With NewControl

.Caption ="Toggle &Wrap Text"

.OnAction ="ToggleWrapText"

.Picture = Application.CommandBars.GetImageMso _

("WrapText", 16, 16)

.Style = msoButtonIconAndCaption

End With

End Sub

Figure 18.4 shows the new menu item displayed after right-clicking a cell.

Screenshot shows the options listing on right clicking on a blank cell in an excel sheet; cut, copy, paste options, insert, delete et cetera are listed.

Figure 18.4 The Cell shortcut menu with a custom menu item.

The first command, after the declaration of a couple of variables, calls the DeleteFromShortcut procedure (listed later in this section). This statement ensures that only one Toggle Wrap Text menu item appears on the shortcut Cell menu. Note that the underlined hot key for this menu item is W, not T, because T is already used by the Cut menu item.

The Picture property is set by referencing the image used on the Ribbon for the Wrap Text command. Refer to Chapter 17 for more information about images used in Ribbon commands.

The macro executed when the menu item is selected is specified by the OnAction property. In this case, the macro is named ToggleWrapText:

Sub ToggleWrapText()

On Error Resume Next


If Err.Number <> 0 Then MsgBox"Could not toggle Wrap Text"

End Sub

This procedure simply executes the WrapText Ribbon command. If an error occurs (for example, the worksheet is protected), the user gets a message.

The DeleteFromShortcut procedure removes the new menu item from the Cell shortcut menu:

Sub DeleteFromShortcut()

On Error Resume Next

CommandBars("Cell").Controls ("Toggle &Wrap Text").Delete

End Sub

In most cases, you want to add and remove the shortcut menu additions automatically: Add the shortcut menu item when the workbook is opened and delete the menu item when the workbook is closed. Just add these two event procedures to the ThisWorkbook code module:

Private Sub Workbook_Open()


End Sub

Private Sub Workbook_BeforeClose(Cancel As Boolean)


End Sub

The Workbook_Open procedure is executed when the workbook is opened, and the Workbook_BeforeClose procedure is executed before the workbook is closed. Just what the doctor ordered.

By the way, if shortcut menus are used only in Excel 2016, you don’t need to remove them when the workbook closes because the shortcut menu modifications are applied only to the active workbook window.

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The workbook described in this section is available on the book’s website in the add to cell shortcut.xlsm file. The file also includes a version of the macro that adds the new shortcut menu item to all open windows.

Adding a submenu to a shortcut menu

The example in this section adds a submenu with three options to the Cells shortcut menu of the active window. Figure 18.5 shows the worksheet after right-clicking a cell. Each submenu item executes a macro that changes the case of text in the selected cells.

Screenshot shows the options listing on right clicking on a set of selected cells in an excel. The change case option listing upper case, lower case and proper case is highlighted.

Figure 18.5 This shortcut menu has a submenu with three submenu items.

The code that creates the submenu and submenu items is as follows:

Sub AddSubmenu()

Dim Bar As CommandBar

Dim NewMenu As CommandBarControl

Dim NewSubmenu As CommandBarButton


Set Bar = CommandBars("Cell")

' Add submenu

Set NewMenu = Bar.Controls.Add _


NewMenu.Caption ="Ch&ange Case"

NewMenu.BeginGroup = True

' Add first submenu item

Set NewSubmenu = NewMenu.Controls.Add _


With NewSubmenu

.FaceId = 38

.Caption ="&Upper Case"

.OnAction ="MakeUpperCase"

End With

' Add second submenu item

Set NewSubmenu = NewMenu.Controls.Add _


With NewSubmenu

.FaceId = 40

.Caption ="&Lower Case"

.OnAction ="MakeLowerCase"

End With

' Add third submenu item

Set NewSubmenu = NewMenu.Controls.Add _


With NewSubmenu

.FaceId = 476

.Caption ="&Proper Case"

.OnAction ="MakeProperCase"

End With

End Sub

The submenu is added first, and its Type property is msoControlPopup. Then the three submenu items are added, and each has a different OnAction property.

The code to delete the submenu is much simpler:

Sub DeleteSubmenu()

On Error Resume Next

CommandBars("Cell").Controls("Cha&nge Case").Delete

End Sub

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The workbook described in this section is available on the book’s website in the shortcut with submenu.xlsm file.

inline Finding FaceID images

The icon that’s displayed on a shortcut menu item is determined by one of two property settings:

· Picture: This option lets you use an imageMso from the Ribbon. For an example, see “Adding a new item to the Cell shortcut menu,” earlier in this chapter.

· FaceID: This option is the easiest because the FaceID property is just a numeric value that represents one of hundreds of images.

But how do you find out which number corresponds to a particular FaceID image? Excel doesn’t provide a way, so I created an application that lets you enter beginning and ending FaceID numbers. Click a button, and the images are displayed in the worksheet. Each image has a name that corresponds to its FaceID value. See the accompanying figure, which shows FaceID values from 1 to 500. This workbook, named show faceids.xlsm, is available on the book’s website.

Screenshot shows an excel listing all the icons used in Microsoft excel along with text fields displaying the first and last ID and a Go button.

Limiting a shortcut menu to a single workbook

As I’ve noted, in Excel 2016, shortcut menu modifications are applied only to the active workbook window (workbook A). For example, you might add a new item to the Cell right-click menu in workbook A. But if the user opens a new workbook when workbook A is active, the new workbook will also display the modified shortcut menu. If you want the shortcut menu to work only when workbook A is active, you can add some code to the macro that’s executed by the shortcut menu.

Assume that you wrote code that adds a shortcut menu that, when clicked, executes the MyMacro procedure. To limit this procedure to only the workbook in which it’s defined, use code like this:

Sub MyMacro()

If Not ActiveWorkbook Is ThisWorkbook Then

MsgBox"This shortcut menu doesn't work here."


' [Macro code goes here]

End If

End Sub

Shortcut Menus and Events

The examples in this section demonstrate various shortcut menu programming techniques used with events.

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I discuss event programming in Chapter 6.

Adding and deleting menus automatically

If you need to modify a shortcut menu when a workbook is opened, use the Workbook_Open event. The following code, stored in the code module for the ThisWorkbook object, executes the ModifyShortcut procedure (not shown here):

Private Sub Workbook_Open()


End Sub

To return the shortcut back to its state before the modification, use a procedure such as the following. This procedure, which is executed before the workbook closes, calls the RestoreShortcut procedure (not shown here):

Private Sub Workbook_BeforeClose(Cancel As Boolean)


End Sub

If this code is used exclusively in Excel 2013 and Excel 2016, it’s not necessary to restore the shortcut menus when the workbook is closed because the modifications are applied only to the active workbook and disappear when the workbook is closed.

Disabling or hiding shortcut menu items

When a shortcut menu item is disabled, its text appears in a faint shade of gray, and clicking it has no effect. When a menu item is hidden, it doesn’t appear on the shortcut menu. You can, of course, write VBA code to enable or disable shortcut menu items. Similarly, you can write code to hide shortcut menu items. The key is tapping into the correct event.

The following code, for example, disables the Change Case shortcut menu item (which was added to the Cells menu) when Sheet2 is activated. This procedure is located in the code module for Sheet2:

Private Sub Worksheet_Activate()

CommandBars("Cell").Controls("Change Case").Enabled = False

End Sub

To enable the menu item when Sheet2 is deactivated, add the following procedure to its code module. The net effect is that the Change Case menu item is available at all times except when Sheet2 is active.

Private Sub Worksheet_Deactivate()

CommandBars("Cell").Controls("Change Case").Enabled = True

End Sub

To hide the menu item rather than disable it, simply access the Visible property instead of the Enabled property.

Creating a context-sensitive shortcut menu

You can create a new shortcut menu and display it in response to a particular event. The code that follows creates a shortcut menu named MyShortcut and adds six menu items to it. These menu items have their OnAction property set to execute a simple procedure that displays one of the tabs in the Format Cells dialog box (see Figure 18.6).

Screenshot shows the options listing on right clicking on a shaded area in an excel sheet; number format, alignment, font, borders, fill and protection.

Figure 18.6 A new shortcut menu appears only when the user right-clicks a cell in the shaded area of the worksheet.

Sub CreateShortcut()

Set myBar = CommandBars.Add _

(Name:="MyShortcut", Position:=msoBarPopup)

' Add a menu item

Set myItem = myBar.Controls.Add(Type:=msoControlButton)

With myItem

.Caption ="&Number Format..."

.OnAction ="ShowFormatNumber"

.FaceId = 1554

End With

' Add a menu item

Set myItem = myBar.Controls.Add(Type:=msoControlButton)

With myItem

.Caption ="&Alignment..."

.OnAction ="ShowFormatAlignment"

.FaceId = 217

End With

' Add a menu item

Set myItem = myBar.Controls.Add(Type:=msoControlButton)

With myItem

.Caption ="&Font..."

.OnAction ="ShowFormatFont"

.FaceId = 291

End With

' Add a menu item

Set myItem = myBar.Controls.Add(Type:=msoControlButton)

With myItem

.Caption ="&Borders..."

.OnAction ="ShowFormatBorder"

.FaceId = 149

.BeginGroup = True

End With

' Add a menu item

Set myItem = myBar.Controls.Add(Type:=msoControlButton)

With myItem

.Caption ="&Patterns..."

.OnAction ="ShowFormatPatterns"

.FaceId = 1550

End With

' Add a menu item

Set myItem = myBar.Controls.Add(Type:=msoControlButton)

With myItem

.Caption ="Pr&otection..."

.OnAction ="ShowFormatProtection"

.FaceId = 2654

End With

End Sub

After the shortcut menu is created, you can display it by using the ShowPopup method. The following procedure, located in the code module for a Worksheet object, is executed when the user right-clicks in a cell within the range named “data”:

Private Sub Worksheet_BeforeRightClick _

(ByVal Target As Excel.Range, Cancel As Boolean)

If Union(Target.Range("A1"), Range("data")).Address = _

Range("data").Address Then


Cancel = True

End If

End Sub

If the active cell is within a range named data when the user right-clicks, the MyShortcut menu appears. Setting the Cancel argument to True ensures that the normal shortcut menu isn’t displayed. Note that the mini toolbar isn’t displayed.

You can also display this shortcut menu without even using the mouse. Create a simple procedure and assign a shortcut key by using the Options button in the Macro dialog box.

Sub ShowMyShortcutMenu()

' Ctrl+Shift+M shortcut key


End Sub

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The book’s website contains an example (named context-sensitive shortcut menu.xlsm) that creates a new shortcut menu and displays it in place of the normal Cell shortcut menu.