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ToolStripDropDownButton Class
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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 System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public ref class ToolStripDropDownButton : public ToolStripDropDownItem

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.
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:

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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