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Improvement of the .NET Menu Style class

, 14 Jan 2003
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This is an improvement by Francesco Natali over an improvement by Sajith M of the "Visual Studio .NET Menu Style" by Carlos H. Perez
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With this new ".NET Menu Style" class you can get a great menu with only few lines of code. You don't have to write a line of code for each menu item because your menu now will be AUTOMATICALLY updated! This is very useful, 'cause now you can still build and update your menu with the VS.NET tool, but at runtime you'll have always a new fresh .NET style menu. Another improvement is about the menu images, now you can use a simple imagelist to store your icon, and with a line of code and a simple trick (to add the index of the image near the text of the menu item), you'll get your image near your menu item.

I've updated this class, now you can use icons with context menu and search for a MenuItem at runtime with an easy function. Now you can also download a nice RTF file editor that use the .NET style menu. This RTF file editor is still under development, however it's already a good example of C# programming.

Using the code

You have to add:

using Utility.NiceMenu;

and after the "InitializeComponent()" code:

NiceMenu myNiceMenu = new NiceMenu();
    new NiceMenuClickEvent(nameofyourclickfunction));

If you want to add some incons in your menu you have to:

  • add an imagelist control in your form
  • add your icons in your imagelist control
  • add in your menu items the index of the icon in the first two characters. For example:
    • 00New
    • 01Open
    • 02Close
  • After the NiceMenu myNiceMenu = new NiceMenu(); code you have to add this simple line of code:
myNiceMenu.imgMenu = nameofyourimagelist; 

Points of Interest

There are a lot of comments with the code, so... enjoy!


This is an improvement by Francesco Natali over an improvement by Sajith M of the "Visual Studio .NET Menu Style" by Carlos H. Perez


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Francesco Natali
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralGreat tool. Beware if you re using multiple context menues Pinmemberanton_fernando25-Jun-07 11:29 
GeneralConverting to Visual Studio 2005 ToolStripMenuItem PinmemberVeeran Kutty31-Jan-06 8:38 
GeneralConvenient click handler for menu PinmemberCoreyRIT6-Jan-06 8:58 
GeneralRe: Convenient click handler for menu Pinmemberanton_fernando23-May-06 10:55 
GeneralAdding a Windows Form to a menu PinmemberJim Barber27-Aug-05 20:18 
AnswerRe: Adding a Windows Form to a menu Pinmemberillium31-Jul-06 19:45 
Generalsubmenu arrow PinmemberSoTTo27-Jun-05 5:45 
QuestionMC++ ? PinmemberCppBeginner9-Oct-04 1:55 
QuestionEnabled works?? Pinmembermpwt17-Sep-04 1:58 
Generalvery nice tool Pinmembersherb13-Sep-04 3:19 
GeneralRe: very nice tool PinsussAnonymous14-Apr-05 19:04 
QuestionHow can I set the submenuItem's Checked Status? Pinmemberhanll4-Jul-04 23:34 
AnswerRe: How can I set the submenuItem's Checked Status? Pinmemberhanll5-Jul-04 0:27 
GeneralThanks Pinmembersfalong25-Mar-04 3:46 
GeneralIcon resources PinmemberPPPDev9-Jan-04 6:57 
QuestionWhat does ModifyRegistry does? Pinmemberazusakt23-Oct-03 18:49 
What is the actula function of ModifyRegistry class?
Do we need to use this to read, write registry??

QuestionMDIList feature lost? Pinmemberpingdee22-Oct-03 9:18 
GeneralHotkeyPrefix Pinmemberlagay8-Sep-03 13:53 
GeneralContext Menu and CloneMenu Method Pinmembermarianod2@hotmail.com22-Aug-03 10:12 
GeneralOffice 2003 Menu Style Pinmember8MX10-Apr-03 11:48 
GeneralRe: Office 2003 Menu Style PinmemberRay Cassick10-Apr-03 12:48 
GeneralBad Code PinmemberTemplMetaProg28-Mar-03 2:38 
GeneralRe: Bad Code Pinmember.S.Rod.28-Mar-03 2:58 
GeneralEqual Menuitem Name Pinmembermveiga23-Jan-03 17:37 
GeneralRe: Equal Menuitem Name Pinmemberlonelywind19826-Apr-06 18:33 
GeneralVB .NET Pinmemberjadeboy17-Jan-03 2:03 
Generalsome proplem Pinmemberchinadeer11-Jan-03 3:32 
GeneralRe: some proplem PinmemberFrancesco Natali15-Jan-03 6:46 
GeneralRe: some proplem Pinmemberzhuhai16-Dec-03 16:04 
GeneralRe: some proplem Pinmembershinji8111-Oct-04 12:28 
GeneralCool But... Pinmemberhouda14-Dec-02 12:34 
Generalcool PinmemberJusin3-Dec-02 6:29 menu? Pinmemberrang3r3-Dec-02 4:10 
AnswerRe: .net menu? PinmemberFayez Al-Naddaf3-Dec-02 9:12 
GeneralRe: .net menu? PinmemberKishorerc23-Dec-02 21:58 
GeneralRe: .net menu? PinsussKmaster17-Jan-03 16:48 
GeneralRe: .net menu? Pinmemberdnh26-Jun-04 12:04 

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