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How to separate MenuItems with a horizontal line programatically

, 2 Oct 2011 CPOL
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A MenuItem with special text is rendered as a separator

When my application needed a menu, I chose to code it instead of using the Visual Studio Designer (reasons are out of the scope of this tip).

Then, a new demand arose: a menu item separator should be placed between two menu items to strengthen the grouping of related menu items. But MainMenu doesn't accept a ToolStripSeparator to be added to it nor to its subitems.

But there is a workaround: Simply create a MenuItem with a single dash as descriptive text. It will get converted to a full-width menu item separator when rendered in the menu. A tiny code example follows:

this.Menu = new MainMenu();
    new MenuItem("-"),

Hope it helps someone.


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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pinmembervijayksingh9-Apr-13 20:12 
GeneralRe: My vote of 1 Pinmemberlukeer9-Apr-13 22:21 
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GeneralRe: My vote of 1 Pinmemberlukeer3-Oct-12 20:44 
GeneralReason for my vote of 1 PinmemberH.N.Pandey3-Oct-11 22:28 
GeneralRe: Sorry, but I don't get it. Why would a link to the tip itsel... Pinmemberlukeer3-Oct-11 23:00 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 I knew it, but it's a nice tip! Pinmemberjohannesnestler21-Sep-11 5:25 

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