tkinter: Scrolling Very Long Menus On X-Windows

Howard Lightstone howard at
Mon Jan 13 06:37:06 CET 2003

Tim Daneliuk <tundra at> wrote in
news:mldtva.9cr.ln at 

> jepler at wrote:
>> On Mon, Jan 13, 2003 at 12:50:07AM +0000, Tim Daneliuk wrote:
>>>I have a situation where I dynamically create menus that are longer
>>>than the available vertical screen size.  On Win32, I get up- and
>>>down- scrolling buttons at the top and bottom of the menu
>>>respectively.  However, this does not happen on Unix (X).  Is there a
>>>way to get X to do the same thing? 
>> Not as far as I know.  This is a limitation of the Menu widget as
>> implmented in Tkinter for X.  On Microsoft Windows, it uses the
>> "real" window control, which scrolls nicely.
>> With a little bit of work you could make an auto-cascading or
>> auto-subdividing menu, though.
>> Jeff
> Thanks - I wonder how practical it would be to inherit from Menu and
> add scrolling ...
Try Pmw.   It's Python (using Tkinter) and it has all those automatic 
scrolled regions you want.

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