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ContextMenuStrip.SourceControl Property

Gets the last control that caused this ContextMenuStrip to be displayed.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

[BrowsableAttribute(false)]
public Control SourceControl { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.Control
The control that caused this ContextMenuStrip to be displayed.

Common uses of the SourceControl property include the following:

  • Adding, removing, enabling, or disabling a menu item during the Opening event.

  • Deciding on modifications of a chosen command based on the control that last displayed the ContextMenuStrip.

The following code example demonstrates dynamic SourceControl determination with reuse, and handling of the Opening event. This example is part of a larger example provided for the ContextMenuStrip class.

// This event handler is invoked when the ContextMenuStrip 
// control's Opening event is raised. It demonstrates 
// dynamic item addition and dynamic SourceControl  
// determination with reuse. 
void cms_Opening(object sender, System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs e)
{
    // Acquire references to the owning control and item.
    Control c = fruitContextMenuStrip.SourceControl as Control;
    ToolStripDropDownItem tsi = fruitContextMenuStrip.OwnerItem as ToolStripDropDownItem;

    // Clear the ContextMenuStrip control's Items collection.
    fruitContextMenuStrip.Items.Clear();

    // Check the source control first. 
    if (c != null)
    {
        // Add custom item (Form)
        fruitContextMenuStrip.Items.Add("Source: " + c.GetType().ToString());
    }
    else if (tsi != null)
    {
        // Add custom item (ToolStripDropDownButton or ToolStripMenuItem)
        fruitContextMenuStrip.Items.Add("Source: " + tsi.GetType().ToString());
    }

    // Populate the ContextMenuStrip control with its default items.
    fruitContextMenuStrip.Items.Add("-");
    fruitContextMenuStrip.Items.Add("Apples");
    fruitContextMenuStrip.Items.Add("Oranges");
    fruitContextMenuStrip.Items.Add("Pears");

    // Set Cancel to false.  
    // It is optimized to true based on empty entry.
    e.Cancel = false;
}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

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