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Many DevExpress controls have built-in context-dependent popup menus. You can customize them or replace with custom menus in code. The built-in context menus are encapsulated by DXPopupMenu class objects.


The PopupMenu component allows you to create a non-context-dependent popup menu for a control. Unlike the DXPopupMenu, the PopupMenu component provides design-time customization tools.

The current document covers information on how to customize built-in context-dependent popup menus for the DevExpress controls.

Specific DevExpress .NET controls contain properties to enable/disable predefined items in their built-in context menus. Below is a list of these controls and corresponding properties:

Example - Enable Predefined Menu Item

The following code enables the “Show Footer” menu item via the GridView.OptionsMenu.ShowFooterItem property.

gridView1.OptionsMenu.ShowFooterItem = true;

DevExpress .NET controls provide events to perform advanced menu customization tasks:

  • Customize the order, visibility and text of all predefined menu items.
  • Add custom menu items.
  • Perform custom actions when a user clicks predefined menu items.


Menu Customization Events

Data Grid

See Popup Menus.

GridView.PopupMenuShowing and GridView.GridMenuItemClick

Tree List

See Context Menus.

TreeList.PopupMenuShowing and TreeList.TreeListMenuItemClick


PivotGridControl.PopupMenuShowing and PivotGridControl.MenuItemClick


See Context Menu.


VGridControl, PropertyGridControl
















Text Editors (TextEdit descendants)


When you handle any of these events, you can access the currently processed menu from the e.Menu event argument. The e.Menu.Items property returns a collection of menu items, encapsulated by the following objects:

Example - Customize Default Menu Items

The following code handles the GridView.PopupMenuShowing event to change predefined commands in the Data Grid’s Column Header Menu:

  • Captions of the “Sort Ascending” and “Sort Descending” commands are replaced with custom strings.
  • A few commands are hidden.
  • Two “Best Fit” commands are disabled.


using DevExpress.Utils.Menu;
using DevExpress.XtraEditors;
using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Localization;
using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Grid;

private void gridView1_PopupMenuShowing(object sender, PopupMenuShowingEventArgs e) {
    if(e.MenuType == GridMenuType.Column) {
        string sortAsc = "A to Z";
        string sortDesc = "Z to A";
        if (e.HitInfo.Column.ColumnType == typeof(DateTime)) {
            sortAsc = "Old to New";
            sortDesc = "New to Old";
        DXMenuItem itemAsc = e.Menu.Find(GridStringId.MenuColumnSortAscending); // "Sort Ascending"
        if (itemAsc != null)
            itemAsc.Caption = sortAsc;

        DXMenuItem itemDesc = e.Menu.Find(GridStringId.MenuColumnSortDescending); // "Sort Descending"
        if (itemDesc != null)
            itemDesc.Caption = sortDesc;

        e.Menu.Hide(GridStringId.MenuFooterHide); //"Hide Footer"
        e.Menu.Hide(GridStringId.MenuColumnFilterEditor); // "Filter Editor..."
        e.Menu.Hide(GridStringId.MenuColumnFindFilterShow); // "Show Find Panel"
        e.Menu.Hide(GridStringId.MenuColumnFindFilterHide); // "Hide Find Panel"
        e.Menu.Hide(GridStringId.MenuColumnAutoFilterRowHide); // "Hide Auto Filter Row"
        e.Menu.Hide(GridStringId.MenuColumnAutoFilterRowShow); // "Show Auto Filter Row"

        DXMenuItem itemBestFit = e.Menu.Find(GridStringId.MenuColumnBestFit); // "Best Fit"
        if (itemBestFit != null)
            itemBestFit.Enabled = false;

        DXMenuItem itemBestFitAll = e.Menu.Find(GridStringId.MenuColumnBestFitAllColumns); // "Best Fit All Columns"
        if (itemBestFitAll != null)
            itemBestFitAll.Enabled = false;

Example - Add Custom Menu Items

The following example shows how to use the GridView.PopupMenuShowing event to create a custom menu in the Data Grid control. The created menu is displayed when you right-click within a data row or group row. It contains a ‘Rows’ submenu with a single “Delete this row” regular button, and a ‘Cell Merging’ check button.


A click on the ‘Delete this row’ button invokes the ColumnView.DeleteRow method. The ‘Cell Merging’ check button toggles the GridOptionsView.AllowCellMerge option.

using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Grid;
using DevExpress.Utils.Menu;
using DevExpress.XtraEditors;

private void gridView1_PopupMenuShowing(object sender, PopupMenuShowingEventArgs e) {
    GridView view = sender as GridView;
    if (e.MenuType == DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Grid.GridMenuType.Row) {
        int rowHandle = e.HitInfo.RowHandle;
        // Delete existing menu items, if any.
        // Add the Rows submenu with the 'Delete Row' command
        e.Menu.Items.Add(CreateSubMenuRows(view, rowHandle));
        // Add the 'Cell Merging' check menu item.
        DXMenuItem item = CreateMenuItemCellMerging(view, rowHandle);
        item.BeginGroup = true;

DXMenuItem CreateSubMenuRows(GridView view, int rowHandle) {
    DXSubMenuItem subMenu = new DXSubMenuItem("Rows");
    string deleteRowsCommandCaption;
    if (view.IsGroupRow(rowHandle))
        deleteRowsCommandCaption = "&Delete rows in this group";
        deleteRowsCommandCaption = "&Delete this row";
    DXMenuItem menuItemDeleteRow = new DXMenuItem(deleteRowsCommandCaption, new EventHandler(OnDeleteRowClick), imageCollection1.Images[0]);
    menuItemDeleteRow.Tag = new RowInfo(view, rowHandle);
    menuItemDeleteRow.Enabled = view.IsDataRow(rowHandle) || view.IsGroupRow(rowHandle);
    return subMenu;

DXMenuCheckItem CreateMenuItemCellMerging(GridView view, int rowHandle) {
    DXMenuCheckItem checkItem = new DXMenuCheckItem("Cell &Merging",
      view.OptionsView.AllowCellMerge, null, new EventHandler(OnCellMergingClick));
    checkItem.Tag = new RowInfo(view, rowHandle);
    checkItem.ImageOptions.Image = imageCollection1.Images[1];
    return checkItem;

void OnDeleteRowClick(object sender, EventArgs e) {
    DXMenuItem menuItem = sender as DXMenuItem;
    RowInfo ri = menuItem.Tag as RowInfo;
    if (ri != null) {
        string message = menuItem.Caption.Replace("&", "");
        if (XtraMessageBox.Show(message + " ?", "Confirm operation", MessageBoxButtons.YesNo) != DialogResult.Yes)

void OnCellMergingClick(object sender, EventArgs e) {
    DXMenuCheckItem item = sender as DXMenuCheckItem;
    RowInfo info = item.Tag as RowInfo;
    info.View.OptionsView.AllowCellMerge = item.Checked;

class RowInfo {
    public RowInfo(GridView view, int rowHandle) {
        this.RowHandle = rowHandle;
        this.View = view;
    public GridView View;
    public int RowHandle;


You can also create a custom DXPopupMenu menu and assign it to the e.Menu event argument.

Display Modes

A DXPopupMenu object can be displayed as a regular menu, popup bar or RibbonMiniToolbar. To specify the menu’s display mode, set the DXPopupMenu.MenuViewType property to the required enumeration value and use a corresponding menu manager.

When you invoke a DXPopupMenu manually in code, you can specify a menu manager via the popup menu’s IDXDropDownControl.Show method. For built-in menus in DevExpress controls, you can specify a menu manager via a control’s MenuManager property.

The following menu managers are available.

  • SkinMenuManager - Displays a DXPopupMenu as a regular menu.



    SkinMenuManager presents DXEditMenuItem objects as text labels without edit boxes. DXButtonGroupItem objects are displayed as sub-menus.

    // Display a DXPopupMenu as a regular menu
    UserLookAndFeel lf = UserLookAndFeel.Default;
    Control parentControl = this;
    Point pt;
    DXPopupMenu dxPopupMenu = new DXPopupMenu();
    dxPopupMenu.MenuViewType = MenuViewType.Menu;
    dxPopupMenu.ShowPopup(parentControl, pt);
    ((IDXDropDownControl)dxPopupMenu).Show(new SkinMenuManager(lf), parentControl, pt);
  • BarManager - Displays DXPopupMenu as a popup bar.


    // Display a DXPopupMenu as a popup bar
    Control parentControl = this;
    Point pt;
    DXPopupMenu dxPopupMenu = new DXPopupMenu();
    dxPopupMenu.MenuViewType = MenuViewType.Toolbar;
    dxPopupMenu.ShowPopup(parentControl, pt);
    ((IDXDropDownControl)dxPopupMenu).Show(barManager1, parentControl, pt);
  • RibbonControl - Displays a DXPopupMenu as a RibbonMiniToolbar object.


    // Display a DXPopupMenu as a RibbonMiniToolbar
    Control parentControl = this;
    Point pt;
    DXPopupMenu dxPopupMenu = new DXPopupMenu();
    dxPopupMenu.MenuViewType = MenuViewType.RibbonMiniToolbar;
    dxPopupMenu.ShowPopup(parentControl, pt);
    ((IDXDropDownControl)dxPopupMenu).Show(RibbonControl1, parentControl, pt);


Cheat Sheets and Best Practices

DevExpress WinForms UI controls (Data Grid, Tree List, Vertical Grid, Gantt Control, etc.) ship with the built-in context menus. Read the following quick-reference guide for detailed information and examples:

Context Menus - DevExpress WinForms Cheat Sheets

See Also