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MenuItem.Enabled Property

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

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

public bool Enabled { get; set; }

Property Value

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

A MenuItem that is disabled is displayed in a gray color to indicate its state. When a parent menu item is disabled, all submenu items are not displayed.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the Popup event to determine whether MenuItem objects that provide support for cut, copy, and delete operations are enabled before the menu they are displayed in is shown. The example determines if textBox1, a TextBox control on the form, is enabled, has input focus, and has text selected before enabling the MenuItem objects. This example requires that three MenuItem objects are created named menuCut, menuCopy, and menuDelete have been created.

private void PopupMyMenu(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
{
   if (textBox1.Enabled == false || textBox1.Focused == false ||
      textBox1.SelectedText.Length == 0)
   {
      menuCut.Enabled = false;
      menuCopy.Enabled = false;
      menuDelete.Enabled = false;
   }
   else
   {
      menuCut.Enabled = true;
      menuCopy.Enabled = true;
      menuDelete.Enabled = true;
   }
}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC

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
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