Copying menu controls from one form to another

If you’re building a project with multiple similar forms, it’s nice to be able to cut-and-paste controls from one form to another. However, in VB6, you can’t do this for menu controls – unless you get tricky. The trick is to make an end-run around the VB IDE. Warning: don’t try this unless you have a secure backup of your code.

Open your original form using Notepad or another text editor. Search for the start of your menu section – it should be near the top of the form. Here’s a sample:

Begin VB.Menu mnuPopup    Caption         =   "Hidden"   Visible         =   0   'False   Begin VB.Menu mnuPopupCut       Caption         =   "Cu&t Row"      Shortcut        =   ^X   End   Begin VB.Menu mnuPopupCopy       Caption         =   "&Copy"      Shortcut        =   ^C   End   Begin VB.Menu mnuPopupPaste       Caption         =   "&Paste Row"      Shortcut        =   ^V   EndEnd

Once you’ve located the beginning of the menu, look for the matching ‘End’ statement. Copy the text to the clipboard.

Now, use Notepad to open your new form. Look for the end of the control properties, and paste the menu text immediately thereafter. Save the new form, close Notepad, and open the new form again with VB. You should see the new menu structure just as if you had made it the hard way. If you made a mistake pasting, revert to your backup.

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