Olof Olof - 2 months ago 3
Objective-C Question

Contextual menu on only certain items in a "Source List"

I have a window with a Source List (NSOutlineView). My source list has just two levels. Level one is header and level two is data. I want to have a contextual menu on some of the data cells. Not all.

First, I try to attach a menu on the table cell view who represents the data cell -> nothing happens.

Second, I attach a menu on the Outline View in IB -> the contextual menu opens on each cells (header and data). I search for stopping the opening of the menu, but I don't find anything.

Do you have some ideas ?

Thank you

OS X 10.8.2 Lion, Xcode 4.5.2, SDK 10.8


If you subclass NSOutlineView, you can override menuForEvent: to return a menu only if the user clicked on the correct row. Here's an example:

- (NSMenu *)menuForEvent:(NSEvent *)event;
    //The event has the mouse location in window space; convert it to our (the outline view's) space so we can find which row the user clicked on.
    NSPoint point = [self convertPoint:[event locationInWindow] fromView:nil];
    NSInteger row = [self rowAtPoint:point];

    //If the user did not click on a row, or is not exactly one level down from the top level of hierarchy, return nil—that is, no menu.
    if ( row == -1 || [self levelForRow:row] != 1 )
        return nil;

    //Create and populate a menu.
    NSMenu *menu = [[NSMenu alloc] init];
    NSMenuItem *delete = [menu addItemWithTitle:NSLocalizedString( @"Delete", @"" ) action:@selector(delete:) keyEquivalent:@""];

    [self selectRowIndexes:[NSIndexSet indexSetWithIndex:row] byExtendingSelection:NO];

    //Set the Delete menu item's represented object to the clicked-on item. If the user chooses this item, we'll retrieve its represented object so we know what to delete.
    [delete setRepresentedObject:[self itemAtRow:row]];

    return menu;

This assumes we're compiling with ARC, so you don't need to autorelease the menu object being created.