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Menu Class

Updated: February 2009

Represents a Windows menu control that enables you to hierarchically organize elements associated with commands and event handlers.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)

public ref class Menu : public MenuBase

Content Model: Menu is a ItemsControl. Its content properties are Items and ItemsSource. For more information on the content model for Menu, see Controls Content Model Overview.

The Menu control presents a list of items that specify commands or options for an application. Typically, clicking an item on a menu opens a submenu or causes an application to carry out a command.

An item in a menu can be anything that can be added to an ItemCollection. The MenuItem is the most common type of item in a Menu. A MenuItem can contain child items. The child items will appear in a submenu when the user chooses a parent MenuItem.

Dependency properties for this control might be set by the control’s default style. If a property is set by a default style, the property might change from its default value when the control appears in the application. The default style is determined by which desktop theme is used when the application is running. For more information, see Themes.


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0




February 2009

Described how default styles change dependency properties.

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