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Custom context Menu

RadVirtualGrid provides a straightforward way to use custom context menus, instead of the default one. This context menu will appear every time the user right-clicks the RadVirtualGrid, regardless of the element of the control they click.

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Start by creating a RadContextMenu, initializing its items, and subscribing for the events that you want to handle to achieve the desired behavior:

Create a RadContextMenu and initialize its items

RadContextMenu contextMenu = new RadContextMenu();

public VirtualGridContextMenu()

    RadMenuItem menuItem1 = new RadMenuItem("Item 1");
    menuItem1.ForeColor = Color.Red; 
    menuItem1.Click += menuItem1_Click;
    RadMenuItem menuItem2 = new RadMenuItem("Item 2"); 
    menuItem2.Click += menuItem2_Click;
    this.radVirtualGrid1.ContextMenuOpening += radVirtualGrid1_ContextMenuOpening;

private void menuItem1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)

private void menuItem2_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)

Private contextMenu As New RadContextMenu()
Public Sub New()
    Dim menuItem1 As New RadMenuItem("Item 1")
    menuItem1.ForeColor = Color.Red
    AddHandler menuItem1.Click, AddressOf menuItem1_Click
    Dim menuItem2 As New RadMenuItem("Item 2")
    AddHandler menuItem2.Click, AddressOf menuItem2_Click
    AddHandler Me.RadVirtualGrid1.ContextMenuOpening, AddressOf radVirtualGrid1_ContextMenuOpening
End Sub
Private Sub menuItem1_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
End Sub
Private Sub menuItem2_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
End Sub

Once the menu object has been initialized and populated with menu items, it is ready to be attached to the RadVirtualGrid. To do that, subscribe to the ContextMenuOpening event and set the context menu to be displayed:

Apply the custom context menu

private void radVirtualGrid1_ContextMenuOpening(object sender, VirtualGridContextMenuOpeningEventArgs e)
    e.ContextMenu = contextMenu.DropDown;

Private Sub radVirtualGrid1_ContextMenuOpening(sender As Object, e As VirtualGridContextMenuOpeningEventArgs)
    e.ContextMenu = contextMenu.DropDown
End Sub

Conditional Custom Context Menus

Applications may need to provide specific individual context menus depending on the element that was clicked. The following example demonstrates how to create two RadContextMenu instances, filled with two items each. Then, according to the right-clicked cell element, apply the relevant menu.

Create custom context menus

RadContextMenu contextMenu1 = new RadContextMenu();
RadContextMenu contextMenu2 = new RadContextMenu();

public void BuildCustomContextMenus()
    RadMenuItem item1 = new RadMenuItem("Data item 1"); 
    item1.Click += item1_Click;
    RadMenuItem item2 = new RadMenuItem("Data item 2");
    item2.Click += item2_Click;

    RadMenuItem item3 = new RadMenuItem("Header item 1");
    item3.Click += item3_Click;
    RadMenuItem item4 = new RadMenuItem("Header item 2");
    item4.Click += item4_Click;

private void item4_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    RadMessageBox.Show("Header item 2");

private void item3_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    RadMessageBox.Show("Header item 1");

private void item2_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    RadMessageBox.Show("Data item 2");

private void item1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    RadMessageBox.Show("Data item 1");

Private contextMenu1 As New RadContextMenu()
Private contextMenu2 As New RadContextMenu()
Public Sub BuildCustomContextMenus()
    Dim item1 As New RadMenuItem("Data item 1")
    AddHandler item1.Click, AddressOf item1_Click
    Dim item2 As New RadMenuItem("Data item 2")
    AddHandler item2.Click, AddressOf item2_Click
    Dim item3 As New RadMenuItem("Header item 1")
    AddHandler item3.Click, AddressOf item3_Click
    Dim item4 As New RadMenuItem("Header item 2")
    AddHandler item4.Click, AddressOf item4_Click
End Sub
Private Sub item4_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
    RadMessageBox.Show("Header item 2")
End Sub
Private Sub item3_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
    RadMessageBox.Show("Header item 1")
End Sub
Private Sub item2_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
    RadMessageBox.Show("Data item 2")
End Sub
Private Sub item1_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
    RadMessageBox.Show("Data item 1")
End Sub

Apply the relevant menu

private void ConditionalCustom_ContextMenuOpening(object sender, VirtualGridContextMenuOpeningEventArgs e)
    if (e.RowIndex == -1)
        e.ContextMenu = contextMenu2.DropDown;
    else if (e.RowIndex >= 0)
        e.ContextMenu = contextMenu1.DropDown;

Private Sub ConditionalCustom_ContextMenuOpening(sender As Object, e As VirtualGridContextMenuOpeningEventArgs)
    If e.RowIndex = -1 Then
        e.ContextMenu = contextMenu2.DropDown
    ElseIf e.RowIndex >= 0 Then
        e.ContextMenu = contextMenu1.DropDown
    End If
End Sub

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