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ContextMenu.PlacementTarget Property

Gets or sets the UIElement relative to which the ContextMenu is positioned when it opens.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation, http://schemas.microsoft.com/netfx/2007/xaml/presentation
public UIElement PlacementTarget { get; set; }
    <UIElement .../>

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.UIElement
The element relative to which the ContextMenu is positioned when it opens. The default is null.

Identifier field


Metadata properties set to true


When the ContextMenu is assigned to the FrameworkElement.ContextMenu or FrameworkContentElement.ContextMenu property, the ContextMenuService changes this value of this property to the owning FrameworkElement or FrameworkContentElement when the ContextMenu opens. To use a different UIElement, set the ContextMenuService.PlacementTarget property.

The target of a ContextMenu is its parent. The following examples show how to use the PlacementTarget property to find the parent of a ContextMenu.

ContextMenu cm = (ContextMenu)sender;
target = cm.PlacementTarget;
ContextMenu cm = (ContextMenu)ContextMenu.ItemsControlFromItemContainer                   ((MenuItem)e.OriginalSource);
UIElement placementTarget = cm.PlacementTarget;

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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