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Article ID: 102465

Article Last Modified on 11/17/2003


  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 3.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft FoxPro 2.6 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft FoxPro 2.6a Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q102465


_MEMVARMASK is a variable used in FoxPro for Windows versions 2.5a and later to make menus work properly with the GraphWizard and spelling checker.

Because of the underscore in the variable name, many people assume it is a system memory variable and would be displayed on the screen if the following commands were issued:



The following text from the 2.5a README.TXT file illustrates the use of _MEMVARMASK:


Menus you created in FoxPro 2.5 that included expressions may not
have behaved properly when the spelling checker or GraphWizard were

SKIP FOR expressions typically depend on the value of skip variables,
but the skip variables were not visible to your menus when the
spelling checker or GraphWizard was active in FoxPro 2.5. In the
initialization code of the spelling checker and GraphWizard
applications (SPELLCHK.APP and GENGRAPH.APP respectively), PRIVATE ALL
is intentionally issued. This hides skip variables from user-defined
menus and causes a "Variable not found" error when you make a menu

To correct this situation, the following code is added to the beginning of
the spelling checker and GraphWizard applications:

   IF TYPE("_memvarmask") = "C" and !EMPTY(_memvarmask)
      PRIVATE ALL EXCEPT &_memvarmask

Suppose a certain menu option should be skipped when the memory variable
named "skipvar" evaluates to true. You should include the following lines
in your menu startup code to take advantage of the _MEMVARMASK variable:

   PUBLIC _memvarmask
   _memvarmask = "skipvar"
   STORE .T. TO skipvar             && Skip initially.

To create a set of skip variables, include the following lines in your
menu startup code:

   PUBLIC _memvarmask
   _memvarmask = "skip*"
   STORE .T. TO skipthis, skipthat  && Skip initially.

When you execute the spelling checker and GraphWizard, they don't hide
variables in SKIP FOR expressions, preventing the "Variable not found"
errors you may have experienced in FoxPro 2.5.

Note that _MEMVARMASK isn't a system memory variable.


Microsoft FoxPro 2.5a for Windows README.TXT file

Additional query words: VFoxWin FoxWin 2.50a 2.50b

Keywords: KB102465