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MenuItem Constructor (String, EventHandler)

Initializes a new instance of the class with a specified caption and event handler for the Click event of the menu item.

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

public MenuItem(
	string text,
	EventHandler onClick


Type: System.String
The caption for the menu item.
Type: System.EventHandler
The EventHandler that handles the Click event for this menu item.

When you specify a caption for your menu item with the text parameter, you can also specify an access key by placing an '&' before the character to be used as the access key. For example, to specify the "F" in "File" as an access key, you would specify the caption for the menu item as "&File". You can use this feature to provide keyboard navigation for your menus.

Setting the text parameter to "-" causes your menu item to be displayed as a separator (a horizontal line) rather than a standard menu item.

In addition, you can use this constructor to specify a delegate that will handle the Click event for the menu item being created. The EventHandler that you pass to this constructor must be configured to call an event handler that can handle the Click event. For more information on handling events, see Events and Delegates.

The following code example creates a MenuItem object with a specified caption and an EventHandler delegate connected to an event handler that will handle the Click event for the menu item.

public void CreateMyMenuItem()
   // Create an instance of MenuItem with caption and an event handler
   MenuItem menuItem1 = new MenuItem("&New", new System.EventHandler(this.MenuItem1_Click));

// This method is an event handler for menuItem1 to use when connecting its event handler.
private void MenuItem1_Click(Object sender, System.EventArgs e) 
   // Code goes here that handles the Click event.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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