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Runs a menu command.

Component Version macOS Windows Server FileMaker Cloud FileMaker iOS SDK
Menubar 5.0 Yes Yes No No No
MBS( "Menubar.RunMenuCommand"; Path )   More


Parameter Description Example value
Path The ID or path to the menu entry.
Use Menubar.ListMenuCommands to find out the IDs and names.


Returns OK or error.


Runs a menu command.
The plugin searches menu command and invokes it.
For Windows, the command is run asynchronously, so the function returns before the command runs. You may need to make a script pause to run the command.


Run command to select all:

MBS("FM.RunMenuCommand"; "Bearbeiten¶Alles auswählen")

Show debugger:

MBS("Menubar.RunMenuCommand"; "Werkzeuge¶Script-Debugger")

Show debugger from within a script:

#The menu command as we got it from Menubar.ListMenuCommands
Set Variable [$DebuggerMenuID; Value:49260]
If [MBS( "Menubar.HasMenuCommand"; $DebuggerMenuID ) = 1]
    If [MBS( "Menubar.IsMenuCommandChecked"; $DebuggerMenuID ) = 1]
        #debugger already visible
        #show debugger
        Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS( "Menubar.RunMenuCommand"; $DebuggerMenuID )]
        Pause/Resume Script [Duration (seconds): ,1]
    End If
    Show Custom Dialog ["Debugger missing in Menubar?"]
End If
#now follows your script that should always run in debugger

Show/Hide format bar in German:

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "Schedule.EvaluateAfterDelay"; ,1; "MBS( \"Menubar.RunMenuCommand\"; Liste(\"Ansicht\"; \"Formatierungsleiste\") )") ]

Make snapshot link with F5 hotkey:

Set Variable [ $$Hotkey ; Value: MBS("HotKey.Register"; "F5"; "") ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "HotKey.SetEvaluate"; $$Hotkey; "MBS( \"Menubar.RunMenuCommand\"; 50285 )" ) ]

See also

Example Databases

Blog Entries

Created 15th November 2014, last changed 20th November 2019

Menubar.RemoveMenuCommand   -   Menubar.SetMenuCommandShortcut

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