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Control.ContextMenu Property

Gets or sets the shortcut menu associated with the control.

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

<BrowsableAttribute(False)> _
Public Overridable Property ContextMenu As ContextMenu

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.ContextMenu
A ContextMenu that represents the shortcut menu associated with the control.

Use a shortcut menus to give context-specific menu options to users when they right-click on the control.

Notes to Inheritors

When overriding the ContextMenu property in a derived class, use the base class's ContextMenu property to extend the base implementation. Otherwise, you must provide all the implementation. You are not required to override both the get and set accessors of the ContextMenu property; you can override only one if needed.

The following code example displays the ContextMenu assigned to a TreeView when the right mouse button is clicked and released. This code requires that you have a Form with a TreeView on it. It is also required that the TreeView has a ContextMenu assigned to its ContextMenu property.

Private Sub treeView1_MouseUp(sender As Object, _
  e As MouseEventArgs) Handles treeView1.MouseUp
   ' If the right mouse button was clicked and released,
   ' display the shortcut menu assigned to the TreeView. 
   If e.Button = MouseButtons.Right Then
      treeView1.ContextMenu.Show(treeView1, New Point(e.X, e.Y))
   End If
End Sub

.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.