UI Automation Support for the MenuBar Control Type

Note

This documentation is intended for .NET Framework developers who want to use the managed UI Automation classes defined in the System.Windows.Automation namespace. For the latest information about UI Automation, see Windows Automation API: UI Automation.

This topic provides information about UI Automation support for the MenuBar control type. In UI Automation, a control type is a set of conditions that a control must meet in order to use the ControlTypeProperty property. The conditions include specific guidelines for UI Automation tree structure, UI Automation property values and control patterns.

Menu bar controls are an example of controls that implement the MenuBar control type. Menu bars provide a means for users to activate commands and options contained in an application.

The following sections define the required UI Automation tree structure, properties, control patterns, and events for the MenuBar control type. The UI Automation requirements apply to all list controls, whether Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Win32, or Windows Forms.

Required UI Automation Tree Structure

The following table depicts the control view and the content view of the UI Automation tree that pertains to menu bar controls and describes what can be contained in each view. For more information on the UI Automation tree, see UI Automation Tree Overview.

Control View Content View
MenuBar

- MenuItem (1 or more)
- Other controls (0 or many)
MenuBar

- MenuItem (1 or more)
- Other controls (0 or many)

Menu bar controls can contain other controls such as edit controls and combo boxes within its structure. These additional controls correspond to the "other controls" listed above in the control and content views.

Required UI Automation Properties

The following table lists the UI Automation properties whose value or definition is especially relevant to the menu bar controls. For more information on UI Automation properties, see UI Automation Properties for Clients.

UI Automation Property Value Notes
BoundingRectangleProperty See notes. The value exposed by this property must include all of the controls contained within it.
NameProperty See notes. The menu bar control does not need a name unless an application has more than one menu bar. If there is more than one menu bar in an application, then this property should be used to expose distinguishing names, such as "Formatting" or "Outlining."
LabeledByProperty Null Menu bar controls never have a label.
ControlTypeProperty MenuBar This value is the same for all UI frameworks.
LocalizedControlTypeProperty "menu bar" Localized string corresponding to the MenuBar control type.
IsContentElementProperty True The menu bar control is always included in the content view of the UI Automation tree.
IsControlElementProperty True The menu bar control is always included in the control view of the UI Automation tree.
IsOffscreenProperty See notes. The value of this property depends on whether the control is viewable on the screen.
OrientationProperty Depends This property exposes whether the menu bar control is horizontal or vertical.
IsKeyboardFocusableProperty True Menu bar controls are keyboard-focusable because the controls they contain can take keyboard focus.
HelpTextProperty See notes. No scenarios for when Help text is required for a menu bar control.
AcceleratorKeyProperty Null Menu bars never have accelerator keys.
AccessKeyProperty "ALT" Pressing the ALT key should always bring focus to the menu bar within the application.

Required UI Automation Control Patterns

The following table lists the UI Automation control patterns required to be supported by menu bar controls. For more information on control patterns, see UI Automation Control Patterns Overview.

Control Pattern Support Notes
IExpandCollapseProvider Depends If the control can be expanded or collapsed, implement IExpandCollapseProvider.
IDockProvider Depends If the control can be docked to different parts of the screen, implement IDockProvider.
ITransformProvider Depends If the control can be resized, rotated or moved it must implement ITransformProvider.

Required UI Automation Events

The following table lists the UI Automation events required to be supported by all menu bar controls. For more information on events, see UI Automation Events Overview.

UI Automation Event Support/Value Notes
BoundingRectangleProperty property-changed event. Required None
IsOffscreenProperty property-changed event. Required None
IsEnabledProperty property-changed event. Required None
ExpandCollapseStateProperty property-changed event. Depends None
AutomationFocusChangedEvent Required None
StructureChangedEvent Required None

See Also

MenuBar
UI Automation Control Types Overview
UI Automation Overview