The main Menu is called the MenuStrip
Menu’s that pop up within the context of some control, for instance when you right click, use the ContextMenuStrip.

Creating a MenuStrip

Drag the menu tool onto the top of the form

You can edit the menu contents using the properties > collections (recomended for complex menu’s), or just by clicking on the bar and adding entries, then double clicking them to edit their action code

Adding And Removing MenuStrip Items


	//REMOVE ANY EXISTING MENU ITEMS
	ToolStripItem ^ExistingMenuItem;
	while (recentFilesToolStripMenuItem->DropDownItems->Count)
	{
		ExistingMenuItem = recentFilesToolStripMenuItem->DropDownItems[0];
		recentFilesToolStripMenuItem->DropDownItems->Remove(ExistingMenuItem);
	}

	//ADD NEW MENU ITEMS
	ToolStripMenuItem ^NewMnuItem;
	for (Count = 0; Count < RecentFilenamesCount; Count++)
	{
		NewMnuItem = gcnew ToolStripMenuItem();		//(Need to create new each time)

		TempString = RecentFilenames[Count];
		NewMnuItem->Text = TempString;
		NewMnuItem->Size = System::Drawing::Size(160, 22);
		NewMnuItem->Click += gcnew System::EventHandler(this, &frmMain::someToolStripFileMenuRecentFile_Click);

		recentFilesToolStripMenuItem->DropDownItems->Add(NewMnuItem);
	}

//OR USE THIS FOR SINGLE ADDITION
	launchCCAsAdminToolStripMenuItem = gcnew System::Windows::Forms::ToolStripMenuItem();
	launchCCAsAdminToolStripMenuItem->Name = L"launchCCAsAdminToolStripMenuItem";
	launchCCAsAdminToolStripMenuItem->Size = System::Drawing::Size(200, 22);
	launchCCAsAdminToolStripMenuItem->Text = L"Some Text";
	launchCCAsAdminToolStripMenuItem->Click += gcnew System::EventHandler(this, &frmMain::launchCCAsAdminToolStripMenuItem_Click);
	toolsToolStripMenuItem->DropDownItems->Add(someToolStripMenuItem);

Removing an individual item


	toolsToolStripMenuItem->DropDownItems->Remove(someToolStripMenuItem);

Adding An Array Of MenuStrip Items

Define global array

private: array<System::Windows::Forms::ToolStripMenuItem^> ^graphicStatusFormToolStripMenuItem;
In Form Load

	//CREATE THE ARRAY
	graphicStatusFormToolStripMenuItem = gcnew array<System::Windows::Forms::ToolStripMenuItem^>(NUMBER_OF_GRAPHIC_STATUS_FORMS);

	//CREATE EACH MENU ITEM
	ToolStripMenuItem ^NewMnuItem;
	for (Count = 0; Count < NUMBER_OF_GRAPHIC_STATUS_FORMS; Count++)
	{
		NewMnuItem = gcnew ToolStripMenuItem();		//(Need to create new each time)

		NewMnuItem->Text = L"Graphic Status " + Convert::ToString(Count + 1);
		NewMnuItem->Size = System::Drawing::Size(165, 22);
		NewMnuItem->Click += gcnew System::EventHandler(this, &frmMain::graphicStatusToolStripMenuItem_Click);

		//Add the item to the menu
		this->graphicStatusToolStripMenuItem->DropDownItems->Add(NewMnuItem);
	}
In the event handler

	int Count;
	int FormId = 0xff;

	ToolStripMenuItem ^ClickedItem = dynamic_cast<ToolStripMenuItem^>(sender);
	if (ClickedItem != nullptr)
	{
		for (Count = 0; Count < NUMBER_OF_GRAPHIC_STATUS_FORMS; Count++)
		{
			if (ClickedItem->Text == L"Graphic Status " + Convert::ToString(Count + 1))
			{
				FormId = Count;
				break;
			}
		}
	}
	//EXIT IF NOT VALID
	if (FormId >= NUMBER_OF_GRAPHIC_STATUS_FORMS)
		return;
USEFUL?
We benefit hugely from resources on the web so we decided we should try and give back some of our knowledge and resources to the community by opening up many of our company’s internal notes and libraries through mini sites like this. We hope you find the site helpful.
Please feel free to comment if you can add help to this page or point out issues and solutions you have found, but please note that we do not provide support on this site. If you need help with a problem please use one of the many online forums.