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MenuItem.UsesItemContainerTemplate Property

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Gets or sets a value that indicates whether the menu selects different item containers, depending on the type of the item in the underlying collection or some other heuristic.

Namespace:   System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)

public bool UsesItemContainerTemplate { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean

true the menu selects different item containers; otherwise, false.

The registered default is false. For more information about what can influence the value, see Dependency Property Value Precedence.

This property is useful if you want to create a menu by binding to a collection. The item container is the UI element that displays the object in a collection. If you want to bind to a collection to create a menu that contains MenuItem objects and Separator objects, set the UsesItemContainerTemplate property to true and create an ItemContainerTemplate for each type of object in your collection. Each ItemContainerTemplate must contain either a MenuItem or a Separator.

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.NET Framework
Available since 4.5
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