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ToolStripDropDownItem.DropDown Property

Gets or sets the ToolStripDropDown that will be displayed when this ToolStripDropDownItem is clicked.

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

public ToolStripDropDown DropDown { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripDropDown
A ToolStripDropDown that is associated with the ToolStripDropDownItem.

If no ToolStripDropDown is associated with the ToolStripDropDownItem, a call to CreateDefaultDropDown creates a generic drop-down control.


If a drop-down control is automatically generated, which means that items are added to the collection, and you then set the DropDown property to an explicit drop-down control, you might lose data.

The following code example demonstrates how to assign a ContextMenuStrip control to a ToolStripDropDownItem control's DropDown property. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the ToolStripDropDownItem class.

// This utility method creates and initializes three 
// ToolStripDropDownItem controls and adds them 
// to the form's ToolStrip control.
private void InitializeToolStripDropDownItems()
    ToolStripDropDownButton b = new ToolStripDropDownButton("DropDownButton");
    b.DropDown = this.contextMenuStrip1;
    b.DropDownClosed += new EventHandler(toolStripDropDownItem_DropDownClosed);
    b.DropDownItemClicked += new ToolStripItemClickedEventHandler(toolStripDropDownItem_DropDownItemClicked);
    b.DropDownOpened += new EventHandler(toolStripDropDownItem_DropDownOpened);

    ToolStripMenuItem m = new ToolStripMenuItem("MenuItem");
    m.DropDown = this.contextMenuStrip1;
    m.DropDownClosed += new EventHandler(toolStripDropDownItem_DropDownClosed);
    m.DropDownItemClicked += new ToolStripItemClickedEventHandler(toolStripDropDownItem_DropDownItemClicked);
    m.DropDownOpened += new EventHandler(toolStripDropDownItem_DropDownOpened);

    ToolStripSplitButton sb = new ToolStripSplitButton("SplitButton");
    sb.DropDown = this.contextMenuStrip1;
    sb.DropDownClosed += new EventHandler(toolStripDropDownItem_DropDownClosed);
    sb.DropDownItemClicked += new ToolStripItemClickedEventHandler(toolStripDropDownItem_DropDownItemClicked);
    sb.DropDownOpened += new EventHandler(toolStripDropDownItem_DropDownOpened);

    this.toolStrip1.Items.AddRange(new ToolStripItem[] { b, m, sb });

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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