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MenuStrip Class

Note: This class is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Provides a menu system for a form.

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

<ClassInterfaceAttribute(ClassInterfaceType.AutoDispatch)> _
<ComVisibleAttribute(True)> _
Public Class MenuStrip
	Inherits ToolStrip
Dim instance As MenuStrip

/** @attribute ClassInterfaceAttribute(ClassInterfaceType.AutoDispatch) */ 
/** @attribute ComVisibleAttribute(true) */ 
public class MenuStrip extends ToolStrip
public class MenuStrip extends ToolStrip

The MenuStrip control represents the container for the menu structure of a form. You can add ToolStripMenuItem objects to the MenuStrip that represent the individual menu commands in the menu structure. Each ToolStripMenuItem can be a command for your application or a parent menu for other submenu items.

MenuStrip is the container for ToolStripMenuItem, ToolStripComboBox, ToolStripSeparator, and ToolStripTextBox objects.

Although MenuStrip replaces and adds functionality to the MainMenu control of previous versions, MainMenu is retained for both backward compatibility and future use if you choose.

The following code example demonstrates a MenuStrip in a multiple-document interface (MDI) scenario.

' This code example demonstrates how to use ToolStripPanel
' controls with a multiple document interface (MDI).
Public Class Form1
   Inherits Form
   Public Sub New()
      ' Make the Form an MDI parent.
      Me.IsMdiContainer = True
      ' Create ToolStripPanel controls.
      Dim tspTop As New ToolStripPanel()
      Dim tspBottom As New ToolStripPanel()
      Dim tspLeft As New ToolStripPanel()
      Dim tspRight As New ToolStripPanel()
      ' Dock the ToolStripPanel controls to the edges of the form.
      tspTop.Dock = DockStyle.Top
      tspBottom.Dock = DockStyle.Bottom
      tspLeft.Dock = DockStyle.Left
      tspRight.Dock = DockStyle.Right
      ' Create ToolStrip controls to move among the 
      ' ToolStripPanel controls.
      ' Create the "Top" ToolStrip control and add
      ' to the corresponding ToolStripPanel.
      Dim tsTop As New ToolStrip()
      ' Create the "Bottom" ToolStrip control and add
      ' to the corresponding ToolStripPanel.
      Dim tsBottom As New ToolStrip()
      ' Create the "Right" ToolStrip control and add
      ' to the corresponding ToolStripPanel.
      Dim tsRight As New ToolStrip()
      ' Create the "Left" ToolStrip control and add
      ' to the corresponding ToolStripPanel.
      Dim tsLeft As New ToolStrip()

      ' Create a MenuStrip control with a new window.
      Dim ms As New MenuStrip()
      Dim windowMenu As New ToolStripMenuItem("Window")
      Dim windowNewMenu As New ToolStripMenuItem("New", Nothing, New EventHandler(AddressOf windowNewMenu_Click))
      CType(windowMenu.DropDown, ToolStripDropDownMenu).ShowImageMargin = False
      CType(windowMenu.DropDown, ToolStripDropDownMenu).ShowCheckMargin = True
      ' Assign the ToolStripMenuItem that displays 
      ' the list of child forms.
      ms.MdiWindowListItem = windowMenu
      ' Add the window ToolStripMenuItem to the MenuStrip.
      ' Dock the MenuStrip to the top of the form.
      ms.Dock = DockStyle.Top
      ' The Form.MainMenuStrip property determines the merge target.
      Me.MainMenuStrip = ms
      ' Add the ToolStripPanels to the form in reverse order.
      ' Add the MenuStrip last.
      ' This is important for correct placement in the z-order.
    End Sub
   ' This event handler is invoked when 
   ' the "New" ToolStripMenuItem is clicked.
   ' It creates a new Form and sets its MdiParent 
   ' property to the main form.
    Private Sub windowNewMenu_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
        Dim f As New Form()
        f.MdiParent = Me
        f.Text = "Form - " + Me.MdiChildren.Length.ToString()
    End Sub
End Class


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0