Back-Menu is a program that allows you to define a pop-up menu on the Windows 3.0 background and use it to quickly run applications and tools.The idea came from using X-Windows and Sunview, where the user has a root menu that can be configured.
It allows you to describe a set of actions and associate command lines with them. To bring up the menu simply click with the right mouse button on the Windows desktop. This will bring up the description list. Selecting a description will cause the appropriate command line to be executed.
There are two fixed options in the menu. Firstly 'Reload Menu From File', which makes Back-Menu read its configuration file again to update the menu contents. Secondly 'Remove Back-Menu' which un-installs the program.
The command syntax for Back-Menu is
If no menu file is specified, Back-Menu looks for a file called MENU.INI in the same directory as BACKMENU.EXE.
A configuration file is simply a set of lines (one for each description/command line pair). The syntax for a menu item is:-
Menu Item description,command line
Blank lines may be placed between items, to cause a separator line to be placed in the menu.
Item 1,CMD1.EXE| Item 1 |
Item 2,CMD2.EXE FRED.TXT| Item 2 |
Notepad,NOTEPAD.EXE| Notepad |
A sample MENU.INI file is included.
Back-Menu is currently limited to a single menu of up to 15 items. Enhancements may include allowing cascading menus, it all depends on if I feel up to it.
Any criticism/comments/praise etc can be directed to the author (me) as
University of Southampton
mail: [email protected]
or: [email protected]
(whichever you prefer).
This program is freeware. Share and enjoy!