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MenuItem.Click Event

Occurs when the menu item is clicked or selected using a shortcut key or access key defined for the menu item.

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

public event EventHandler Click

The Click event occurs when this MenuItem is clicked by the user. This event also occurs if the user selects the menu item using the keyboard and presses the Enter key. It can also occur if an access key or shortcut key is pressed that is associated with the MenuItem. For more information about handling events, see Consuming Events.


If the MenuItems property for the MenuItem contains any items, this event is not raised. This event is not raised for parent menu items.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the Click event to perform tasks when a MenuItem is clicked. The example creates a MainMenu called mainMenu1 and adds two MenuItem objects, topMenuItem (File) and menuItem1 (Open). It then connects the Click event to the menuItem1_Click event handler. When the user clicks the Open menu item, an OpenFileDialog is initialized and displayed. The example requires that you have created a Form named Form1.

		public void CreateMyMenu()
			// Create a main menu object.
			MainMenu mainMenu1 = new MainMenu();

			// Create empty menu item objects.
			MenuItem topMenuItem = new MenuItem();
			MenuItem menuItem1 = new MenuItem();

			// Set the caption of the menu items.
			topMenuItem.Text = "&File";
			menuItem1.Text = "&Open";

			// Add the menu items to the main menu.
			// Add functionality to the menu items using the Click event. 
			menuItem1.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.menuItem1_Click);

			// Assign mainMenu1 to the form. 

		private void menuItem1_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
                   // Create a new OpenFileDialog and display it.
		   OpenFileDialog fd = new OpenFileDialog();
         	   fd.DefaultExt = "*.*";

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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, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0