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ToolStripDropDownItem.DropDownItems Property

Gets the collection of items in the ToolStripDropDown that is associated with this ToolStripDropDownItem.

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

public ToolStripItemCollection DropDownItems { get; }

Use the DropDownItems property to get all the items in the ToolStripDropDown that is referred to by the DropDown property.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the DropDownItems property to create a menu with sub-menus. For the complete code example, see How to: Display Option Buttons in a MenuStrip (Windows Forms).

public class Form1 : Form
    private MenuStrip menuStrip1 = new MenuStrip();
    private ToolStripMenuItem mainToolStripMenuItem = new ToolStripMenuItem();
    private ToolStripMenuItem toolStripMenuItem1 = new ToolStripMenuItem();
    private ToolStripRadioButtonMenuItem toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem1 = 
        new ToolStripRadioButtonMenuItem();
    private ToolStripRadioButtonMenuItem toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem2 = 
        new ToolStripRadioButtonMenuItem();
    private ToolStripRadioButtonMenuItem toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem3 = 
        new ToolStripRadioButtonMenuItem();
    private ToolStripRadioButtonMenuItem toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem4 = 
        new ToolStripRadioButtonMenuItem();
    private ToolStripRadioButtonMenuItem toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem5 = 
        new ToolStripRadioButtonMenuItem();
    private ToolStripRadioButtonMenuItem toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem6 = 
        new ToolStripRadioButtonMenuItem();

    public Form1()
        mainToolStripMenuItem.Text = "main";
        toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem1.Text = "option 1";
        toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem2.Text = "option 2";
        toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem3.Text = "option 2-1";
        toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem4.Text = "option 2-2";
        toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem5.Text = "option 3-1";
        toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem6.Text = "option 3-2";
        toolStripMenuItem1.Text = "toggle";
        toolStripMenuItem1.CheckOnClick = true;

        mainToolStripMenuItem.DropDownItems.AddRange(new ToolStripItem[] {
            toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem1, toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem2,
            new ToolStripItem[] {toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem3, 
        toolStripMenuItem1.DropDownItems.AddRange(new ToolStripItem[] {
            toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem5, toolStripRadioButtonMenuItem6});

        menuStrip1.Items.AddRange(new ToolStripItem[] {mainToolStripMenuItem});
        MainMenuStrip = menuStrip1;
        Text = "ToolStripRadioButtonMenuItem demo";

static class Program
    static void Main()
        Application.Run(new Form1());

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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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