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    Menus based on user priviledge

    Is it possible to show a Menu and Toolbar which changes depending what the user privileges are?
    Administrator can see the whole standard Alpha menu and toolbar
    Super User can see a specific menu and toolbar
    Normal User sees a much cut down menu and toolbar.

    I have looked at the options for greying out and checking the menu item but that doesn't really give me what I am after.

    Any ideas?
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    Re: Menus based on user priviledge


    we restrict certain items on the menu bar based on conditions, not necessarily user priviledges, but the logic should work the same. On our customer information screen, we have a "photo" menu item that will be grayed out (unavailable) if a photo doesn't exist. I have this little piece of code in the "on_fetch" event.

    imagename = aa.bcbss.path+"\casereg\image.dbf"
    IF exist(V_client,imagename,"ssn")
    	if dispcnf = .T.
    	end if
    END IF
    and this is what out menu looks like: menu.jpg

    There is also a method for disabling toolbar items, where you need to know the position of the item, and you can enable or disable items.

    hope this helps,



      Re: Menus based on user priviledge

      Appreciate this Tom.
      I found that greying out causes frustration. "Why can't I press the button!" type stuff.
      I will try this with privileges and report back.
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        Re: Menus based on user priviledge

        Hi Ted,

        If you want to display a different toolbar depending on who has logged in to the application, you could set up a global variable tied to a user group or something like that. Then, when a form loads, using an OnInit event or OnActivate, using xbasic, you could change the name of the toolbar attached to that form.


        if user_name()="Administrator" .or. user_name()="Jessica" then
        	topparent.Toolbar  = "tbFMenu"
        end if
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          Re: Menus based on user priviledge

          Variation on Ron's suggestion.

          Frm= form.load("your form name")
          Frm.drop_down_menu = "<None>" ' to turn off, "" for system, "menuname" for custom
          Frm.find_by_form_drop_down_menu 'similar
          Frm.find_by_form_right_click_menu 'similar
          Frm.find_by_form_toolbar 'similar
          Frm.query_by_form_drop_down_menu 'similar
          Frm.query_by_form_right_click_menu 'similar
          Frm.query_by_form_toolbar 'similar
          Frm.right_click_menu 'similar
          Frm.toolbar 'similar
          Frm.window.has_system_menu = .T. 'or .F.

          Last edited by Stan Mathews; 10-11-2017, 11:13 AM.
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            Re: Menus based on user priviledge

            Thank you gentlemen.
            I have used a combination of suggestions and it seems to work.
            This was the bit that stumped me - drop_down_menu. The Toolbar was obvious, just missed the ddm

            Now the users can see a different menu and toolbar depending on their privileges.
            See our Hybrid Option here;

            We are the
            Department of Sunshine and Rainbows!

            Hope restored, faith renewed, spirits lifted!