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Menu.CloneMenu Method

Copies the Menu that is passed as a parameter to the current Menu.

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

protected internal void CloneMenu(
	Menu menuSrc


Type: System.Windows.Forms.Menu
The Menu to copy.

This method copies the entire list of MenuItem objects (stored in the Menu passed in to menuSrc) into the current menu. You can use this method in your derived class to clone MenuItem objects. They can then be reused by other classes that derive from Menu, such as MainMenu, ContextMenu, and MenuItem.

This example creates a main menu, mainMenu1, with three menu items: File, Edit, and View. It then uses the CloneMenu method to copy mainMenu1 into mainMenu2. The cloned menu is then assigned to the form and displayed. This program requires that you have already created a Form named Form1.

		private void CloneMyMainMenu()
			// Create the main menu.
			MainMenu mainMenu1 = new MainMenu();

			// Create the menu items to add.
			MenuItem menuItem1 = new MenuItem();
			MenuItem menuItem2 = new MenuItem();
			MenuItem menuItem3 = new MenuItem();

			// Set the caption for the menu items.
			menuItem1.Text = "File";
			menuItem2.Text = "Edit";
			menuItem3.Text = "View";

			// Add the menu item to mainMenu1.

			// Clone the mainMenu1 and name it mainMenu2.
			MainMenu mainMenu2 = mainMenu1.CloneMenu();
			// Assign mainMenu2 to the form.
			Menu = mainMenu2;

.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.