I cannot stand the look of a standard windows menu. In my application I want to separate the menus into a context bar and options pain. The context bar, which would be docked to the top of the window, would contain the menu header items. When clicked, instead of showing the standard menu item popup, I would like the items to be drawn in a panel docked to the left side of the screen. I cannot believe there isn't an easy way to do this. Does anyone have any idea how this can be done?

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Mike B