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mitem_current.3x - Man Page

set and get current_menu_item


#include <menu.h>

int set_current_item(MENU *menu, ITEM *item);
ITEM *current_item(const MENU *menu);

int set_top_row(MENU *menu, int row);
int top_row(const MENU *menu);

int item_index(const ITEM *item);


The function set_current_item sets the current item (the item on which the menu cursor is positioned). current_item returns a pointer to the current item in the given menu.

The function set_top_row sets the top row of the menu to show the given row (the top row is initially 0, and is reset to this value whenever the O_ROWMAJOR option is toggled). The item leftmost on the given row becomes current. The function top_row returns the number of the top menu row being displayed.

The function item_index returns the (zero-origin) index of item in the menu's item pointer list.

Return Value

current_item returns a pointer (which may be NULL). It does not set errno.

top_row and item_index return ERR (the general curses error value) if their menu parameter is NULL.

set_current_item and set_top_row return one of the following:


The routine succeeded.


Routine detected an incorrect or out-of-range argument.


Routine was called from an initialization or termination function.


No items are connected to the menu.


System error occurred (see errno(3)).


These routines emulate the System V menu library. They were not supported on Version 7 or BSD versions.

The SVr4 menu library documentation specifies the top_row and index_item error value as -1 (which is the value of ERR).


Juergen Pfeifer. Manual pages and adaptation for new curses by Eric S. Raymond.

See Also

curses(3X), menu(3X)

Referenced By

The man pages current_item.3x(3), item_index.3x(3), set_current_item.3x(3), set_top_row.3x(3) and top_row.3x(3) are aliases of mitem_current.3x(3).

2023-11-25 ncurses 6.4 Library calls