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Assign Shortcuts to Menu Items

The following tutorial demonstrates how to assign a shortcut to a RadMenuItem:

1. In a new Windows Application add a RadMenu to the form.

2. On the RadMenu that reads "Type here" enter New. This will automatically create a menu item object "radMenuItem1":

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3. Click the newly created item to open the drop down menu and create a sub menu item. By default, the text of the new item will be set to radMenuItem2. Change it to File:

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4. In the Properties Window locate the Click events for radMenuItem1 and radMenuItem2 and double-click them to create event handlers.

5. Inside the event handlers add the following code:

RadMenuItems Click event handlers

void radMenuItem1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
void radMenuItem2_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)

Private Sub radMenuItem1_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
End Sub
Private Sub radMenuItem2_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
End Sub

6. Now all you have to do is to add the shortcuts to the desired items

Adding shortcuts to menu items

this.radMenuItem1.Shortcuts.Add(new RadShortcut(Keys.Control, Keys.N));
this.radMenuItem2.Shortcuts.Add(new RadShortcut(Keys.Shift, Keys.F, Keys.K));

Me.RadMenuItem1.Shortcuts.Add(New RadShortcut(Keys.Control, Keys.N))
Me.RadMenuItem2.Shortcuts.Add(New RadShortcut(Keys.Shift, Keys.F, Keys.K))


In the constructor of RadShortcut, you should first pass the key modifier as a parameter and then an array of the key mappings.

As a result, you will get this picture runtime. As you can see, the shortcuts are automatically displayed for the RadMenuItems:

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Interesting functionality to mention is the ability to set your own custom text to describe the shortcut added. This can be achieved via the HintText property of the menu item:

Assigning HintText

radMenuItem2.HintText = "Custom Text";

RadMenuItem2.HintText = "Custom Text"

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