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MenuItem.DefaultItem Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the menu item is the default menu item.

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

public bool DefaultItem { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the menu item is the default item in a menu; otherwise, false. The default is false.

The default menu item for a menu is boldfaced. When the user double-clicks a submenu that contains a default item, the default item is selected, and the submenu is closed. You can use the DefaultItem property to indicate, the default action that is expected in a menu or shortcut menu.

The following code example creates a menu item with two submenu items. The example sets menuItem2 as the default menu item using the DefaultItem property.


public void CreateMyMenus()
{
   MenuItem menuItem1 = new MenuItem("&File");
   MenuItem menuItem2 = new MenuItem("&New");
   MenuItem menuItem3 = new MenuItem("&Open");
   // Make menuItem2 the default menu item.
   menuItem2.DefaultItem = true;
}



.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.
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