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MURRAY FIFE
DYNAMICS AX 2012 TIPS & TRICKS
ADD MENU ITEMS TO THE
TOOLS MENU
ADD MENU ITEMS TO THE
TOOLS MENU
BY MURRAY FIFE
Copyright© 2014 Murray Fife
All RightsReserved
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What you need for this Blueprint
All the examples shown in this blueprintwere done with the MicrosoftDynamics AX 2012
vi...
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Add Menu Items To The Tools
Menu
You probablyknow alreadythatyoucancreate yourownmenuitemsandmenus
withinDynamicsAX,buti...
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TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
Start off byopeningupAOTand findingthe menuitemthatyouwanttoaddto the
Tool menu.
Add Men...
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TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
Now we will wanttocreate a menuitemforthe form. To do thisnavigate tothe
MenuItems folde...
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TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
Thiswill create anew menuitemelementforyou.
Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
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TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
Give the new menuitemaName and a Label and thenfromthe Object dropdownlist,
selectthe f...
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TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
You don’thave tomake any more changesto the MenuItem control.
Add Menu Items To The Too...
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TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
Now we wantto add the menuitemtothe Tools menu. To do this, expandtheMenus
folderwithin...
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TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
Right-mouse-clickonthe GlobalToolsMenuitem,selectthe Newmenuitemandthen
clickon the Men...
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TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
Thiswill create anew menuitemnode withinthe GlobalToolsMenu.
Add Menu Items To The Tool...
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TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
Fromthe MenuItemName dropdownbox inthe Propertiespanel,findthe new menu
itemthatyoujust...
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TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
Thiswill automaticallypopulatethe Name propertyforyoufromthe MenuItem
details.
Add Menu...
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All youneedtodo now isclickon the Save buttontoupdate the code.
Add Menu Items To The T...
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TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
Now whenyouopenupthe Tools submenumenuyouwill seeyournew menuitem
there.
Add Menu Items...
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Clickingonitwill openupthe menuitem.
That’stoo simple.
Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
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TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
The Tips & Tricks series isa compilation of all thecool things that I have found that y...
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TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
Murray Fife is a MicrosoftDynamics AX MVP, Author with over 20
years of experience in t...
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You probably know already that you can create your own menu items and menus within Dynamics AX, but in addition to being able to update the navigation menus for the area pages, you can also update the Tools menu as well to add any utilities and forms that you may want users to access. This way the users don’t have to have access to AOT in order to open up those common hidden utilities.
If you really want to be clever, you can even add Tetris.

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Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu Within Dynamics AX

  1. 1. 1 MURRAY FIFE DYNAMICS AX 2012 TIPS & TRICKS ADD MENU ITEMS TO THE TOOLS MENU
  2. 2. ADD MENU ITEMS TO THE TOOLS MENU BY MURRAY FIFE
  3. 3. Copyright© 2014 Murray Fife All RightsReserved
  4. 4. 5 What you need for this Blueprint All the examples shown in this blueprintwere done with the MicrosoftDynamics AX 2012 virtual machineimagethat was downloaded from the MicrosoftCustomerSource or PartnerSource site.If you don't have your own installation of MicrosoftDynamics AX 2012,you can also usethe images found on the MicrosoftLearningDownload Center. The followinglistof software from the virtual imagewas leveraged within this blueprint: • MicrosoftDynamics AX 2012 Even though all thepreceding software was used duringthe development and testing of the recipes in this book, they may also work on earlier versionsof the software with minor tweaks and adjustments, and should also work on later versions withoutany changes. Errata Although we have taken every careto ensure the accuracy of our content, mistakes do happen. If you find a mistakein one of our books—maybe a mistake in the text or the code—we would be grateful if you would report this to us. By doingso, you can saveother readers from frustration and help us improve subsequent versions of this book. If you find any errata, please report them by emailing murray@murrayfife.me. Piracy Piracy of copyrightmaterial on the Internet is an ongoingproblem across all media. If you come across any illegal copies of our works,in any form, on the Internet, pleaseprovideus with the location address or websitename immediately so that we can pursuea remedy. Pleasecontactus at murray@murrayfife.me with a link to the suspected pirated material. We appreciateyour help in protecting our authors,and our ability to bringyou valuable content. Questions You can contact us at murray@murrayfife.me if you are havinga problem with any aspectof the book, and we will do our best to address it. Preface
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  6. 6. 7 Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu You probablyknow alreadythatyoucancreate yourownmenuitemsandmenus withinDynamicsAX,butinadditiontobeingable toupdate the navigationmenusfor the area pages,youcan alsoupdate the Toolsmenuas well toaddany utilitiesand formsthat youmay wantusersto access. Thisway the usersdon’thave tohave access to AOTin orderto openupthose commonhiddenutilities. If you reallywanttobe clever,youcan evenaddTetris.
  7. 7. 8 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 Start off byopeningupAOTand findingthe menuitemthatyouwanttoaddto the Tool menu. Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
  8. 8. 9 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 Now we will wanttocreate a menuitemforthe form. To do thisnavigate tothe MenuItems folderwithinAOT,right-mouse-clickonthe Displaynode,andthenselect the NewMenu Itemmenuitem. Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
  9. 9. 10 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 Thiswill create anew menuitemelementforyou. Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
  10. 10. 11 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 Give the new menuitemaName and a Label and thenfromthe Object dropdownlist, selectthe formthatyouwant to addto the menu. Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
  11. 11. 12 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 You don’thave tomake any more changesto the MenuItem control. Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
  12. 12. 13 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 Now we wantto add the menuitemtothe Tools menu. To do this, expandtheMenus folderwithinAOTandfindthe GlobalToolsMenuitemwithinthe menus. Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
  13. 13. 14 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 Right-mouse-clickonthe GlobalToolsMenuitem,selectthe Newmenuitemandthen clickon the MenuItem menuitem. Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
  14. 14. 15 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 Thiswill create anew menuitemnode withinthe GlobalToolsMenu. Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
  15. 15. 16 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 Fromthe MenuItemName dropdownbox inthe Propertiespanel,findthe new menu itemthatyoujustcreated. Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
  16. 16. 17 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 Thiswill automaticallypopulatethe Name propertyforyoufromthe MenuItem details. Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
  17. 17. 18 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 All youneedtodo now isclickon the Save buttontoupdate the code. Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
  18. 18. 19 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 Now whenyouopenupthe Tools submenumenuyouwill seeyournew menuitem there. Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
  19. 19. 20 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 Clickingonitwill openupthe menuitem. That’stoo simple. Add Menu Items To The Tools Menu
  20. 20. 21 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
  21. 21. 22 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012
  22. 22. 23 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 The Tips & Tricks series isa compilation of all thecool things that I have found that you can do within Dynamics AX, and are also the basisfor my Tips & Tricks presentations thatI have been givingfor the AXUG, and online. Unfortunately book page sizerestrictions mean that I can only fit50 tips & tricks per book, but I will createnew volumes every time I reach the 50 Tip mark. If you want to view all of the compilations then here are the links. 50 Tips & Tricks For Dynamics AX 2012 http://www.amazon.com/dp/1495487776/ Another 50 Tips & Tricks for Dynamics AX http://www.amazon.com/dp/1497383412/ Want More Tips & Tricks
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  24. 24. 25 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 Murray Fife is a MicrosoftDynamics AX MVP, Author with over 20 years of experience in the software industry. Like most people in this industry he has paid his dues as a developer, an implementation consultant,a trainer,and now spend most of his days workingwith companies solvingtheir problems with the Microsoftsuiteof products,specializingin the Dynamics® AX solutions. EMAIL murray@murrayfife.me TWITTER @murrayfife SKYPE murrayfife AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/author/murrayfife BLOG http://dynamicsaxtipoftheday.com http://extendingdynamicsax.com http://atinkerersnotebook.com SLIDESHARE http://slideshare.net/murrayfife LINKEDIN http://www.linkedin.com/in/murrayfife About the Author

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