The Telerik Menu for Windows Forms enables you to implement attractive navigation systems. Based on the Telerik Presentation Framework, the component gives you full control over item appearance, orientation, and text-wrapping, while allowing you to easily nest check boxes, images, or any other controls in design-time.
In addition to the common features, supported by all Telerik menus, RadMenu supports Horizontal or Vertical Menu orientation, giving you extra flexibility when creating your application. When Orientation is set, its value determines the flow of the root group as well.
All Telerik Menus supports multiline text in its items, giving you the ability to display text on several lines, rather than truncating long text. This is achieved through a label which the Windows Forms Menus use for its text field.
Images and text can be displayed on menu items as well, giving you full control over the menu's look and feel. You can customize the image-text relation by setting the TextImageRelation property. Possible values are: Overlay, ImageAboveText, TextAboveImage, TextBeforeImage, and ImageBeforeText.
You can nest any Telerik Control or custom element within the menus. This feature gives you enormous flexibility in building functionality into your applications, and allows you to create complex custom user interfaces featuring text boxes, combo boxes, or other custom elements within the menu area.
Using the powerful API of Windows Forms Menus you can have Checked, Unchecked, Disabled, or regular menu items, covering all common menu scenarios.
With Telerik Windows Forms Menu you can Add and Remove items programmatically at run-time. When adding new items, they are appended to the existing items in the same menu using the Add(Item) method. Removing items hides them from the menu.
Telerik Windows Forms Menus deliver convenience with full support for Shortcuts, Accelerator Keys, and Arrow-key navigation. Telerik Menu for example, can be assigned shortcuts through the Shortcuts component - the base of the whole shortcuts system implemented for the descendants of RadControl and RadItem. The component serializes InputBinding objects as a collection. Every InputBinding object binds keyboard shortcut used for activation, a valid Command instance, and a command context which is the object that will be the target of the command's execution.
Telerik Menus provide rich design-time support functionality making customizations and configurations very easy. Some of the key capabilities are:
All menu controls are shipped with a rich set of themes that allow you to easily build slick interfaces. The themes can be easily switched using a single property.
In addition to the built-in themes, all RadControls for WinForms come with a feature we call Theme Color Blending, which allows for tweaking the color scheme of a theme, without the need to redo the theme from scratch. The updated color scheme is applied to all Telerik WinForms controls that you are using in your application for a fresh new look. Or you can build a new theme from scratch to fit your exact visual demands by using the Visual Style Builder productivity tool.
Telerik Menus are also capable of displaying rich text formatting by using standard HTML tags, such as <i>, <b>, and <u>. This is supported on a framework level.
Telerik Menus provide full localization support. See Localization and Right-to-Left Support for the full list of Telerik Windows Forms controls supporting Localization and RTL languages.
Telerik Menu and ContextMenu for Windows Forms provide seamless integration with the Composite UI Application Block (CAB) smart client and its underlying infrastructure. The Composite UI Application Block is designed to help in building complex, enterprise-ready Windows Forms solutions by providing a proven architecture and implementation, based on common patterns found in line-of-business front-end applications. For more information please review RadControls for WinForms CAB Support.
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