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MenuItem.DefaultItem Property

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

[Visual Basic]
Public Property DefaultItem As Boolean
public bool DefaultItem {get; set;}
public: __property bool get_DefaultItem();
public: __property void set_DefaultItem(bool);
public function get DefaultItem() : Boolean;
public function set DefaultItem(Boolean);

Property Value

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.


[Visual Basic, C#, C++] The following example creates a menu item with two submenu items. The example sets menuItem2 as the default menu item using the DefaultItem property.

[Visual Basic] 
Public Sub CreateMyMenus()
    Dim menuItem1 As New MenuItem("&File")
    Dim menuItem2 As New MenuItem("&New")
    Dim menuItem3 As New MenuItem("&Open")
    ' Make menuItem2 the default menu item.
    menuItem2.DefaultItem = True
End Sub

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;

 void CreateMyMenus()
    MenuItem* menuItem1 = new MenuItem(S"&File");
    MenuItem* menuItem2 = new MenuItem(S"&New");
    MenuItem* menuItem3 = new MenuItem(S"&Open");
    // Make menuItem2 the default menu item.
    menuItem2->DefaultItem = true;

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Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family

See Also

MenuItem Class | MenuItem Members | System.Windows.Forms Namespace