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MenuItem Constructor (String, MenuItem[])

Initializes a new instance of the class with a specified caption and an array of submenu items defined for the menu item.

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

public MenuItem(
	string text,
	MenuItem[] items


Type: System.String
The caption for the menu item.
Type: System.Windows.Forms.MenuItem[]
An array of MenuItem objects that contains the submenu items 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.

The items parameter enables you to assign an array of menu items to define a submenu of this menu item. Each item in the array can also have an array of menu items assigned to it. This enables you to create complete menu structures and assign them to the constructor for the menu item.

For more information on handling events, see Events and Delegates.

The following code example creates an object with a specified caption, an event handler connected to a method that will handle the event each menu item in an array of submenu items.

public void CreateMyMenuItem()
   // submenu item array.
   MenuItem[] subMenus = new MenuItem[3];
   // Create three menu items to add to the submenu item array.
   MenuItem subMenuItem1 = new MenuItem("Red");
   MenuItem subMenuItem2 = new MenuItem("Blue");
   MenuItem subMenuItem3 = new MenuItem("Green");
   // Add the submenu items to the array.
   subMenus[0] = subMenuItem1;
   subMenus[1] = subMenuItem2;
   subMenus[2] = subMenuItem3;
   // Create an instance of a MenuItem with caption and an array of submenu
   // items specified.
   MenuItem MenuItem1 = new MenuItem("&Colors", subMenus);

.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.