Control.ContextMenuStrip Property

Gets or sets the ContextMenuStrip associated with this control.

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

public virtual ContextMenuStrip ContextMenuStrip { get; set; }
/** @property */
public ContextMenuStrip get_ContextMenuStrip ()

/** @property */
public void set_ContextMenuStrip (ContextMenuStrip value)

public function get ContextMenuStrip () : ContextMenuStrip

public function set ContextMenuStrip (value : ContextMenuStrip)

Not applicable.

Property Value

The ContextMenuStrip for this control, or a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) if there is no ContextMenuStrip. The default is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

If a ContextMenu has also been assigned to the control, the ContextMenu takes precedence over the ContextMenuStrip.

The following code example demonstrates how to add three ToolStripMenuItem objects to a ContextMenuStrip. In addition it demonstrates setting the ContextMenuStrip property of the form.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;

public class Form1 : Form
    private ContextMenuStrip contextMenuStrip1;
    private ToolStripMenuItem toolStripMenuItem1;
    private ToolStripMenuItem toolStripMenuItem2;
    private ToolStripMenuItem toolStripMenuItem3;
    private IContainer components;

    public Form1()
    static void Main()
        Application.Run(new Form1());

    private void InitializeComponent()
        this.components = new System.ComponentModel.Container();
        this.contextMenuStrip1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ContextMenuStrip(this.components);
        this.toolStripMenuItem1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem();
        this.toolStripMenuItem2 = new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem();
        this.toolStripMenuItem3 = new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem();
        // contextMenuStrip1
        this.contextMenuStrip1.Items.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem[] {
        this.contextMenuStrip1.Name = "contextMenuStrip1";
        this.contextMenuStrip1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(180, 70);
        // toolStripMenuItem1
        this.toolStripMenuItem1.Name = "toolStripMenuItem1";
        this.toolStripMenuItem1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(179, 22);
        this.toolStripMenuItem1.Text = "toolStripMenuItem1";
        // toolStripMenuItem2
        this.toolStripMenuItem2.Name = "toolStripMenuItem2";
        this.toolStripMenuItem2.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(179, 22);
        this.toolStripMenuItem2.Text = "toolStripMenuItem2";
        // toolStripMenuItem3
        this.toolStripMenuItem3.Name = "toolStripMenuItem3";
        this.toolStripMenuItem3.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(179, 22);
        this.toolStripMenuItem3.Text = "toolStripMenuItem3";
        // Form1
        this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(292, 273);
        this.ContextMenuStrip = this.contextMenuStrip1;
        this.Name = "Form1";


Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

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