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Getting Started with WPF Menu

This tutorial will walk you through the creation of a RadMenu and will show you how to:

Before reading this tutorial you should get familiar with the Visual Structure of the RadMenu control.

Assembly References

In order to use the RadMenu control in your projects you have to add references to the following assemblies:

  • Telerik.Windows.Controls
  • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Navigation

Adding Telerik Assemblies Using NuGet

To use RadMenu when working with NuGet packages, install the Telerik.Windows.Controls.Navigation.for.Wpf.Xaml package. The package name may vary slightly based on the Telerik dlls set - Xaml or NoXaml

Read more about NuGet installation in the Installing UI for WPF from NuGet Package article.

Adding RadMenu

You can include the control in your application by either dragging it from the toolbox in Visual Studio, or by manually declaring it. Below is an example of how to include the RadMenu control in XAML code:

Adding RadMenu


If you run your application now you will see an empty RadMenu that contains no items.

Add Menu Items

You can populate the control by either adding the RadMenuItems to its Items collection, or by utilizing its data binding support.

Adding RadMenuItems

    <telerik:RadMenuItem Header="Item 1"> 
        <telerik:RadMenuItem Header="SubItem 1" /> 
        <telerik:RadMenuItem Header="SubItem 2" /> 

RadMenu with added items

RadMenu example result

Populating the RadMenu with Data

The scenario described in the previous sections shows the usage of static items. To learn more about these type of scenarios read here.

However, in most of the cases you have to bind your RadMenu to a collection of business objects. Check out the following topics which describe in details how to work with dynamic data.

  • Data Binding Support Overview - describes the various data sources for the RadMenu and shows you many tips and tricks. Read this topics in order to achieve basic knowledge about how the binding mechanism works at the RadMenu.

  • Binding to Dynamic Data - shows you how to bind the RadMenu to a collection of business objects.

  • Template and Styles Selectors - describes the possibilities to adjust the appearance of the RadMenu's items depending on the data they hold.

Styles and Templates

Take a look at the Styles and Templates section which is entirely dedicated to styling and templating the RadMenu control.

Work with the RadMenu

In order to learn how to use the RadMenu and what capabilities it holds, read the various topics that describe its features.

Setting a Theme

The controls from our suite support different themes. You can see how to apply a theme different than the default one in the Setting a Theme help article.

Changing the theme using implicit styles will affect all controls that have styles defined in the merged resource dictionaries. This is applicable only for the controls in the scope in which the resources are merged.

To change the theme, you can follow the steps below:

  • Choose between the themes and add reference to the corresponding theme assembly (example: Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8.dll). You can see the different themes applied in the Theming examples from our WPF Controls Examples application.

  • Merge the ResourceDictionaries with the namespace required for the controls that you are using from the theme assembly. For the RadMenu, you will need to merge the following resources:

    • Telerik.Windows.Controls
    • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Navigation

The next example demonstrates how to merge the ResourceDictionaries so that they are applied globally for the entire application.

Merge the ResourceDictionaries

            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/System.Windows.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.Navigation.xaml"/> 

Alternatively, you can use the theme of the control via the StyleManager.

The following image shows a RadMenu with the Windows8 theme applied.

RadMenu with the Windows8 theme

RadMenu with Windows8 theme

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