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CommandBar.ShowPopup Method

Office 2007
Displays a command bar as a shortcut menu at the specified coordinates or at the current pointer coordinates.
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The use of CommandBars in some Microsoft Office applications has been superseded by the new Ribbon user interface. For more information, search help for the keyword "Ribbon."
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If the Position property of the command bar is not set to msoBarPopup, this method fails.


expression.ShowPopup(x, y)

expression   A variable that represents a CommandBar object.


NameRequired/OptionalData TypeDescription
xOptionalVariantThe x-coordinate on which the location of the shortcut menu is based. If this argument is omitted, the current x-coordinate of the pointer is used.
yOptionalVariantThe y-coordinate on which the location of the shortcut menu is based. If this argument is omitted, the current y-coordinate of the pointer is used.


When menus are left-aligned, the shortcut menu displayed by the ShowPopup method has its upper left corner at (x, y + 1); when menus are right-aligned, the shortcut menu has its upper right corner at (x + 1, y + 1). You can use the Windows function GetSystemMetrics(SM_MENUDROPALIGNMENT) to check the system metric for dropdown menu alignment.

When the screen location of the (x, y) coordinates would cause all or part of the popup menu to be displayed beyond the edge of the visible screen, then the popup menu shifts to fit into the viewable area.


This example creates a shortcut menu containing two controls. The ShowPopup method is used to make the shortcut menu visible.

Visual Basic for Applications
Set myBar = CommandBars _
    .Add(Name:="Custom", Position:=msoBarPopup, Temporary:=False)
With myBar
    .Controls.Add Type:=msoControlButton, Id:=3
    .Controls.Add Type:=msoControlComboBox
End With