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Add Context Menu

Telerik RadControls provide a very powerful ContextMenu control, that supports right click, modifier keys and that can be easily attached to any visual element. In this article you will see how to attach RadContextMenu to a data-bound RadTreeView and perform actions on the clicked treeview items, depending on the selection in the context menu.

Here you can see how the end result will look like:

For the purpose of this tutorial we will use the following TreeView declaration:


    <local:RadTreeViewSampleData x:Key="DataSource" />

    <DataTemplate x:Key="Division">
        <TextBlock Text="{Binding Name}" />

    <HierarchicalDataTemplate x:Key="League"
                              ItemsSource="{Binding Divisions}"
                              ItemTemplate="{StaticResource Division}">
        <TextBlock Text="{Binding Name}" />


<Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="White">

    <telerik:RadTreeView x:Name="radTreeView"
                         ItemsSource="{Binding Source={StaticResource DataSource},
                         ItemTemplate="{StaticResource League}" />


The local alias is pointing to the namespace where the RadTreeViewSampleData class is defined.

For more information about setting the ItemsSource property and data binding read the topic about Binding to Object.

Having the above declaration, you may want to add a context menu only on the items of type "League". Then you will need to update your League:

<telerik:HierarchicalDataTemplate x:Key="League"
                                  ItemsSource="{Binding Divisions}"
                                  ItemTemplate="{StaticResource Division}">
    <TextBlock Text="{Binding Name}">
            <telerik:RadContextMenu Opened="RadContextMenu_Opened">
                <telerik:RadMenuItem Header="New Child" />
                <telerik:RadMenuItem Header="New Sibling" />
                <telerik:RadMenuItem Header="Delete" />

Next, we need to add a handler for the RadContextMenu.Opened event, where we will use the GetClickedElement extension method to get the clicked RadTreeViewItem:

RadTreeViewItem clickedElement;
private void RadContextMenu_Opened(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
    // Find the tree item that is associated with the clicked context menu item
    clickedElement = (sender as RadContextMenu).GetClickedElement<RadTreeViewItem>();
Private clickedElement As RadTreeViewItem
    Private Sub RadContextMenu_Opened(sender As Object, e As RoutedEventArgs)
        ' Find the tree item that is associated with the clicked context menu item '
        clickedElement = TryCast(sender, RadContextMenu).GetClickedElement(Of RadTreeViewItem)()
    End Sub

Now, we can handle the click events of the RadMenuItems. To add a handler for these Click events, add the following line in the user control constructor:

this.radTreeView.AddHandler( RadMenuItem.ClickEvent, new RoutedEventHandler( OnContextMenuClick ) );

The AddHandler() extension method is defined in the Telerik.Windows namespace. You should add “using Telerik.Windows;” on top of your code behind if you don’t already have it.

The OnContextMenuClick() method uses the clicked RadTreeViewItem and performs the selected action:

private void OnContextMenuClick(object sender, RoutedEventArgs args)
    // Get the clicked context menu item
    RadMenuItem menuItem = ((RadRoutedEventArgs)args).OriginalSource as RadMenuItem;

    League league = clickedElement.Item as League;
    ItemsControl parentItemsControl = (ItemsControl)clickedElement.ParentItem ?? clickedElement.ParentTreeView;
    string header = menuItem.Header as string;
    switch (header)
        case "New Child":
            league.Divisions.Add(new Division("New Division"));
        case "New Sibling":
            (parentItemsControl.ItemsSource as ObservableCollection<League>).Add(new League("New League"));
        case "Delete":
            (parentItemsControl.ItemsSource as ObservableCollection<League>).Remove(league);
Private Sub OnContextMenuClick(sender As Object, args As RoutedEventArgs)
        ' Get the clicked context menu item '
        Dim menuItem As RadMenuItem = TryCast(DirectCast(args, RadRoutedEventArgs).OriginalSource, RadMenuItem)

        Dim league As League = TryCast(clickedElement.Item, League)
        Dim parentItemsControl As ItemsControl = If(DirectCast(clickedElement.ParentItem, ItemsControl), clickedElement.ParentTreeView)
        Dim header As String = TryCast(menuItem.Header, String)
        Select Case header
            Case "New Child"
                league.Divisions.Add(New Division("New Division"))
                Exit Select
            Case "New Sibling"
                TryCast(parentItemsControl.ItemsSource, ObservableCollection(Of League)).Add(New League("New League"))
                Exit Select
            Case "Delete"
                TryCast(parentItemsControl.ItemsSource, ObservableCollection(Of League)).Remove(league)
                Exit Select
        End Select
    End Sub

Here is the final result:

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