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ToolStripDropDown Class
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ToolStripDropDown Class

Represents a control that allows the user to select a single item from a list that is displayed when the user clicks a ToolStripDropDownButton. Although ToolStripDropDownMenu and ToolStripDropDown replace and add functionality to the Menu control of previous versions, Menu is retained for both backward compatibility and future use if you choose.

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

public ref class ToolStripDropDown : public ToolStrip

Use the ToolStripDropDown to display drop-down lists of options, such as a color picker.

The following code example uses the ToolStripDropDown and ToolStripDropDownButton classes to make a three-button color picker that changes the foreground color of the form.

// Declare the drop-down button and the items it will contain.
ToolStripDropDownButton^ dropDownButton1;
ToolStripDropDown^ dropDown;
ToolStripButton^ buttonRed;
ToolStripButton^ buttonBlue;
ToolStripButton^ buttonYellow;

void InitializeDropDownButton()
    dropDownButton1 = gcnew ToolStripDropDownButton;
    dropDown = gcnew ToolStripDropDown;
    dropDownButton1->Text = "A";

    // Set the drop-down on the DropDownButton.
    dropDownButton1->DropDown = dropDown;

    // Declare three buttons, set their forecolor and text,  
    // and add the buttons to the drop-down.
    buttonRed = gcnew ToolStripButton;
    buttonRed->ForeColor = Color::Red;
    buttonRed->Text = "A";
    buttonBlue = gcnew ToolStripButton;
    buttonBlue->ForeColor = Color::Blue;
    buttonBlue->Text = "A";
    buttonYellow = gcnew ToolStripButton;
    buttonYellow->ForeColor = Color::Yellow;
    buttonYellow->Text = "A";
    buttonBlue->Click += gcnew EventHandler(this, 
    buttonRed->Click += gcnew EventHandler(this, 
    buttonYellow->Click += gcnew EventHandler(this, 
    array<ToolStripItem^>^ ToolStrips = 

// Handle the buttons' click event by setting the forecolor  
// of the form to the forecolor of the button that is clicked. 
void colorButtonsClick(Object^ sender, EventArgs^ e)
    ToolStripButton^ senderButton = (ToolStripButton^) sender;
    this->ForeColor = senderButton->ForeColor;

//  internal:

The following code example uses ToolStripControlHost to show a ToolStripDropDown as a TreeView.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

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 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

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

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