MenuItem Constructor (String, String)


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Initializes a new instance of the MenuItem class using the specified menu text and value.

Namespace:   System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

public MenuItem(
	string text,
	string value


Type: System.String

The text displayed for a menu item in a Menu control.

Type: System.String

The supplemental data associated with the menu item, such as data used for handling postback events.

Use this constructor to create a new instance of the MenuItem class using the menu text and value specified by the text and value parameters, respectively.

The following table shows initial property values for an instance of the MenuItem class.


Initial value


The value of the text parameter.


The value of the value parameter.

This constructor is commonly used when dynamically populating the Items collection of a Menu control or the ChildItems collection of a MenuItem object.

The following example demonstrates how to use this constructor to create a new instance of the MenuItem class. The MenuItem object is then used to dynamically populate the menu items in a Menu control.

<%@ Page Language="C#" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<script runat="server">

  void Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    if (!IsPostBack)
      // Create the menu structure.

      // Create the root menu item.
      MenuItem homeMenuItem = new MenuItem("Home", "Root");

      // Create the submenu items.
      MenuItem musicSubMenuItem = new MenuItem("Music", "Category 1");
      MenuItem moviesSubMenuItem = new MenuItem("Movies", "Category 2");

      // Add the submenu items to the ChildItems
      // collection of the root menu item.

      // Add the root menu item to the Items collection 
      // of the Menu control.


<html xmlns="" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>MenuItem Constructor Example</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>MenuItem Constructor Example</h3>

      <asp:menu id="NavigationMenu"


.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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