ToolStripDropDownButton Class

Represents a control that when clicked displays an associated ToolStripDropDown from which the user can select a single item.

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

public class ToolStripDropDownButton : ToolStripDropDownItem
public class ToolStripDropDownButton extends ToolStripDropDownItem
public class ToolStripDropDownButton extends ToolStripDropDownItem
Not applicable.

ToolStripDropDownButton looks like ToolStripButton, but it shows a drop-down area when the user clicks it. Hide or show the drop-down arrow by setting the ShowDropDownArrow property. ToolStripDropDownButton hosts a ToolStripOverflowButton that displays items that overflow the ToolStrip.

Use the ToolStripDropDownButton to activate familiar drop-down controls such as color pickers. Set the ShowDropDownArrow property to true to more clearly indicate to the user that further options are available on the drop-down list.

The following code example displays three ToolStripButton controls when the ToolStripDropDownButton is clicked. The buttons change the foreground color of the form.

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

private void InitializeDropDownButton()
    dropDownButton1 = new ToolStripDropDownButton();
    dropDown = new ToolStripDropDown();
    dropDownButton1.Text = "A";

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

    // Set the drop-down direction.
    dropDownButton1.DropDownDirection = ToolStripDropDownDirection.Left;

    // Do not show a drop-down arrow.
    dropDownButton1.ShowDropDownArrow = false;

    // Declare three buttons, set their foreground color and text, 
    // and add the buttons to the drop-down.
    buttonRed = new ToolStripButton();
    buttonRed.ForeColor = Color.Red;
    buttonRed.Text = "A";

    buttonBlue = new ToolStripButton();
    buttonBlue.ForeColor = Color.Blue;
    buttonBlue.Text = "A";

    buttonYellow = new ToolStripButton();
    buttonYellow.ForeColor = Color.Yellow;
    buttonYellow.Text = "A";
    buttonBlue.Click += new EventHandler(colorButtonsClick);
    buttonRed.Click += new EventHandler(colorButtonsClick);
    buttonYellow.Click += new EventHandler(colorButtonsClick);

    dropDown.Items.AddRange(new ToolStripItem[] 
        { buttonRed, buttonBlue, buttonYellow });

// Handle the buttons' click event by setting the foreground color of the
// form to the foreground color of the button that is clicked.
private void colorButtonsClick(object sender, EventArgs e)
    ToolStripButton senderButton = (ToolStripButton)sender;
    this.ForeColor = senderButton.ForeColor;


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 Server 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 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

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