Is it possible to outline (stroke) menu text?

  • On items (actions) added to Qmenu. Context menu or otherwise. For instance, if I want the main menu of "File", "Open", "Save" to be black font with a white outline. I've seen solutions involving QPen and QBrush (such as, but those wouldn't work on Qmenu items.

  • You can override the painting performed in QStyle to achieve what you want. The easiest way is to subclass QProxyStyle:

    class MyProxyStyle : public QProxyStyle
    void drawControl(ControlElement element, const QStyleOption * option,
    QPainter * painter, const QWidget * widget = 0) const {
    if (element == QStyle::CE_MenuItem) {
    // Do custom painting
    } else {
    baseStyle()->drawControl(element, option, painter, widget);

    You can then set an instance of your proxy stile as application style:

    int main(int argc, char* argv[])
    QApplication app(argc, argv);

    MyProxyStyle *style = new MyProxyStyle();

    // ...
    return app.exec();

  • Thanks Arnold!

    I got it to work using your method. It didn't look so good though :/ I decided to do drop shadows instead.

  • You're welcome, I'm glad I could help. I would ask you to mark this thread as solved by prepending [Solved] to the thread title.

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