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ToolStripDropDownMenu.ShowCheckMargin Property

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

Gets or sets a value indicating whether space for a check mark is shown on the left edge of the ToolStripMenuItem.

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

public bool ShowCheckMargin { get; set; }
/** @property */
public boolean get_ShowCheckMargin ()

/** @property */
public void set_ShowCheckMargin (boolean value)

public function get ShowCheckMargin () : boolean

public function set ShowCheckMargin (value : boolean)

Property Value

true if the check margin is shown; otherwise, false. The default is false.

Set the ShowCheckMargin property to true to display a check mark when the user chooses the ToolStripMenuItem.

The following code example demonstrates how to create and initialize a ContextMenuStrip control by setting the check and image margins. For a full code listing, see How to: Enable Check Margins and Image Margins in ContextMenuStrip Controls.

public Form5()
    // Size the form to show three wide menu items.
    this.Width = 500;
    this.Text = "ToolStripContextMenuStrip: Image and Check Margins";

    // Create a new MenuStrip control.
    MenuStrip ms = new MenuStrip();

    // Create the ToolStripMenuItems for the MenuStrip control.
    ToolStripMenuItem bothMargins = new ToolStripMenuItem("BothMargins");
    ToolStripMenuItem imageMarginOnly = new ToolStripMenuItem("ImageMargin");
    ToolStripMenuItem checkMarginOnly = new ToolStripMenuItem("CheckMargin");
    ToolStripMenuItem noMargins = new ToolStripMenuItem("NoMargins");

    // Customize the DropDowns menus.
    // This ToolStripMenuItem has an image margin 
    // and a check margin.
    bothMargins.DropDown = CreateCheckImageContextMenuStrip();
    ((ContextMenuStrip)bothMargins.DropDown).ShowImageMargin = true;
    ((ContextMenuStrip)bothMargins.DropDown).ShowCheckMargin = true;

    // This ToolStripMenuItem has only an image margin.
    imageMarginOnly.DropDown = CreateCheckImageContextMenuStrip();
    ((ContextMenuStrip)imageMarginOnly.DropDown).ShowImageMargin = true;
    ((ContextMenuStrip)imageMarginOnly.DropDown).ShowCheckMargin = false;

    // This ToolStripMenuItem has only a check margin.
    checkMarginOnly.DropDown = CreateCheckImageContextMenuStrip();
    ((ContextMenuStrip)checkMarginOnly.DropDown).ShowImageMargin = false;
    ((ContextMenuStrip)checkMarginOnly.DropDown).ShowCheckMargin = true;

    // This ToolStripMenuItem has no image and no check margin.
    noMargins.DropDown = CreateCheckImageContextMenuStrip();
    ((ContextMenuStrip)noMargins.DropDown).ShowImageMargin = false;
    ((ContextMenuStrip)noMargins.DropDown).ShowCheckMargin = false;

    // Populate the MenuStrip control with the ToolStripMenuItems.

    // Dock the MenuStrip control to the top of the form.
    ms.Dock = DockStyle.Top;

    // Add the MenuStrip control to the controls collection last.
    // This is important for correct placement in the z-order.

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