MenuItem.Select Event


Occurs when the user places the pointer over a menu item.

 event EventHandler ^ Select;
public event EventHandler Select;
member this.Select : EventHandler 
Public Custom Event Select As EventHandler 

Event Type



The following code example demonstrates how to use the Select event of the MenuItem class to assign help text to a StatusBarPanel of a StatusBar control. This example requires that MenuItem objects named menuOpen, menuSave, and menuExit are added to a MainMenu control on a form. The example also requires that a StatusBar control, named statusBar1 has been added to the form. The StatusBar control should contain a StatusBarPanel.

   void MenuSelected( Object^ sender, System::EventArgs^ /*e*/ )
      if ( sender == menuOpen )
            statusBar1->Panels[ 0 ]->Text = "Opens a file to edit";
      if ( sender == menuSave )
            statusBar1->Panels[ 0 ]->Text = "Saves the current file";
      if ( sender == menuExit )
            statusBar1->Panels[ 0 ]->Text = "Exits the application";
            statusBar1->Panels[ 0 ]->Text = "Ready";
private void MenuSelected(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
   if (sender == menuOpen)
      statusBar1.Panels[0].Text = "Opens a file to edit";
   else if(sender == menuSave)
      statusBar1.Panels[0].Text = "Saves the current file";
   else if(sender == menuExit)
      statusBar1.Panels[0].Text = "Exits the application";
      statusBar1.Panels[0].Text = "Ready";
Private Sub MenuSelected(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) _
                     Handles menuOpen.Select, menuExit.Select, menuSave.Select
   If sender Is menuOpen Then
      StatusBar1.Panels(0).Text = "Opens a file to edit"
      If sender Is menuSave Then
         StatusBar1.Panels(0).Text = "Saves the current file"
         If sender Is menuExit Then
            StatusBar1.Panels(0).Text = "Exits the application"
            StatusBar1.Panels(0).Text = "Ready"
         End If
      End If
   End If
End Sub


This event is typically raised when the user places the mouse pointer over the menu item. The event can also be raised when the user highlights a menu item using the keyboard by scrolling to the menu item with the arrow keys. You can use this event to display a detailed help string pertaining to this menu item in an application's status bar. For more information about handling events, see Handling and Raising Events.


If the MenuItems property for the MenuItem contains any items, this event is not raised. This event is not raised for parent menu items.

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