Tag Archives: menus

Use accelerators on labels and buttons in C#

To place an accelerator on a menu item, you put an ampersand in front of the letter in the menu item’s caption that you want to be the accelerator. At run time, the caption is displayed with the accelerator letter … Continue reading

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Quickly insert standard menu items on a form in C#

Many applications need standard File, Edit, Tools, and Help menus. Visual Studio provides a simple way to build standard menu items. You can then edit the menu to add new items and remove items that you don’t need. Visual Studio … Continue reading

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Use ActiveControl to enabled and disable menu items in C#

This program uses the ActiveControl property to determine what menu items should be enabled and disabled at any given moment. When the user opens a menu, only the appropriate items should be enabled. This example has Copy, Cut, and Paste … Continue reading

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Use the ActiveControl property in C#

The ActiveControl property gives a reference to a container’s currently active control. For a form, ActiveControl doesn’t count menus, so a menu item can use ActiveControl to see which control was active when the menu was opened. In this example, … Continue reading

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Add a UAC shield to controls in C#

In Windows Vista and later versions of Windows, you are supposed to add a UAC (user access control) shield to buttons that launch processes that require privilege elevation. Unfortunately Microsoft hasn’t made this easy to do. Adding the shield to … Continue reading

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Make an infinite series of menus in C#

The example Create menu items at run time with images, shortcut keys, and event handlers in C# explains how to create menu items at run time. This example uses that technique to add new menu items to any submenu as … Continue reading

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Create menu items at run time with images, shortcut keys, and event handlers in C#

This example shows how you can create menu items at run time. The following code adds new menu items to the Tools menu when the program starts. // Create some tool menu items. private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) { … Continue reading

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Make menus at run time for a WPF application in C#

This example shows how you can make menus at runtime and add them to a WPF application. Normally you build a WPF program’s user interface at design time using a XAML editor, but anything you can do in XAML you … Continue reading

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Make owner drawn menus in C#

It’s easiest to use menus with the default appearance, but you can make owner drawn menus if you want. It’s not hard, but you need to follow several steps. First, at design time, set the MenuItem control’s OwnerDraw property to … Continue reading

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Make a modal context menu in C#

This example shows how you can make a modal context menu. Normally when a context menu appears, the user can press Esc or can click off of the menu to make it disappear. Some while ago, someone asked me whether … Continue reading

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