Create your own custom menus for FrameMaker

If you want to:

  • Remove options to edit template components, from an author’s FrameMaker installation.
  • Personalize the existing FrameMaker menus by rearranging commands on menus or moving out a sub-menu command that you use frequently.
  • Shorten FrameMaker menus by removing distracting (for you) options.

… then read on.

Let’s add menus first and then understand how to create them. Here’s something that you can try out:

Caution: Settings (flags) in the maker.ini file impact how your FrameMaker works. Be sure of what you edit, lest your destabilize your FrameMaker environment. Make a copy of the maker.ini file. Restore it back, if need be.

  1. Download and extract this zip file containing the configuration file.
  2. Place the configuration file (cc.cfg) in the path ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\AdobeFrameMaker10\fminit\configui\’ or a similar path in your Program Files folder.
  3. Open in Notepad, the maker.ini file from the path ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\AdobeFrameMaker10\’ or a similar path in your Program Files folder.
  4. Change the value of the parameter ‘ConfigCustomUIFile’ to ‘fminit\configui\cc.cfg’.
  5. Save and close the maker.ini file. Restart FrameMaker.
  6. Notice the drop-down menus called CC and Paratags appear in the main menu bar (as seen below). They contain common commands (hence the name CC) and all the paragraph tags available in an open document.
My custom menu in FrameMaker

My custom menus in FrameMaker


Open the configuration (cc.cfg) file in Notepad and read through the instructions, comparing them to what you see in FrameMaker UI.

Want to know about how to write the configuration file? Read this (PDF) document about customizing FrameMaker.

Do share your use cases and experience in the comments section below.

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