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I have a C# winForm project that uses a ContextMenuStrip. I dynamically add ToolStripMenuItems to the ContextMenuStrip based on use interaction. When I add a new ToolStripMenuItem I set it's Text property and Image property. I don't know how to the set the Image property without getting the image from the location where it's at. How do I add the imagine to my project? Here's an example of what my code is doing

ContextMenuStrip cxtMnuStrp = new ContextMenuStrip;

private void Button_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
   // some filtering and logic
   // to determine weather to 
   // create and add a ToolStripMenuItem
   // blah, blah, blah...
   ToolStripMenuItem item = new ToolStripMenuItem("uniqueName");

   item.Image = Image.FromFile(@"C:\MyFolder\MyIcon.ico");

   if (cxtMnuStrp.Items.ContainsKey(item) == false)

With "item.Image = Image.FromFile(@"C:\MyFolder\MyIcon.ico")" When I distribute my each machine would have to have the "C:\MyFoler" directory and also have the "MyIcon.ico" on their computer in the "C:\MyFoler" directory.

Plus it doesn't seem right that I have hit the hard drive each time I want to add an icon to my ToolStripMenuItem
Updated 23-Oct-17 13:01pm

1 solution

Add the image as an embedded resource in your project, then you can use Image.FromStream and Assembly.GetManifestResourceStream to load your image. You can also add a settings file and add the images to the settings file then just use the properties of the settings file to get the image.
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d.allen101 23-Apr-13 22:44pm    
can you please give an example with code?
Ron Beyer 23-Apr-13 22:47pm    
This has lots of examples:
d.allen101 24-Apr-13 12:38pm    
Thanks that worked!

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