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Activating ContextMenuStrip from a Icon's Tray.

Posted on 2006-05-19
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09

Hello for all,

I had an application done in VB6, that created an Icon on the Window's Tray...
and when a mouse click on the icon a menu will appear.
In VB6 I used "PopUpMenu" that worked fine.

I upgraded the code to .NET using the same code for Tray (using Shell_NotifyIcon);
but for the Menu of course I have to use the ContextMenuStrip class -
that when a mouse click, it activates the MenuStrip after HIDING the main form:
menuStrip.Show(pnt)                      ' To locate the menu on "pnt" relative to screen
(Notice I use "menuStrip.Show(pnt)" to show it relatively to the screen and not "menuStrip.Show(Me, pnt)")

The problem here, that when menu got activated and opened I see its button, blank with
an empty icon on the taskbar! like I opened a new Form/Application.
Of course in normal situations where I activate the menu on some container I don't got this....

How can I make this not to appear anymore in the taskbar????

Thanks a lot in advance.

Question by:nazdaq
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Expert Comment

ID: 16716635
Why not use the .NET tray icon?


you can then assigna  context menu to it, thus making life a lot easier for yourself, and it should (in theory) solve your problem.

Here some example code from one of my projects:-

       ' Stores icon file you want to display in tray
        Dim MyIcon As New System.Drawing.Icon("C:\MyIcon.ico")

        ' Tray Icon
        Dim MyTray As New System.Windows.Forms.NotifyIcon

        ' Context Menu
        Dim MyContext As New System.Windows.Forms.ContextMenu

        ' Add items to menu

        ' Set which context menu to use
        Me.icnArw.ContextMenu = MyContext

        ' Set Icon to show
        Me.icnArw.Icon = MyIcon

        ' Set hover text to show, when mouse moves over
        Me.icnArw.Text = "My Tray Icon"

        'Minimise this form
        Me.WindowState = FormWindowState.Minimized

        ' Hide this form

        'Show icon in taskbar
        Me.icnArw.Visible = True

Author Comment

ID: 16716661

Thanks for replying...

In the example above you "MyTray"... you meant "icnArw" as a memeber of "Me" right?


Expert Comment

ID: 16716802
Sorry, bodged editing im afraid!!

Should be:-

' Set which context menu to use
        MyTray.ContextMenu = MyContext

        ' Set Icon to show
        MyTray.Icon = MyIcon

        ' Set hover text to show, when mouse moves over
        MyTray.Text = "My Tray Icon"
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Expert Comment

ID: 16716806
missed another one...

'Show icon in taskbar
       MyTray.Visible = True

Author Comment

ID: 16716862

Thanks again,

but I have another question concerning this...

How can I link to it a specail event(s)?

Other than right-click to activate the MenuStrip, I want to customize
other events, double-click... for example????


Expert Comment

ID: 16716968
Private Sub MyTray_DoubleClick(Sender as object, e as EventArgs) handles MyTray.DoubleClick

' Your code here

End Sub

Accepted Solution

willbdman earned 1400 total points
ID: 16716972
Here are the available events, as taken from the MSDN:-

The events of the NotifyIcon class are listed here. For a complete list of NotifyIcon class members, see the NotifyIcon Members topic.

Public Events
Click Occurs when the user clicks the icon in the status area.

Disposed (inherited from Component) Adds an event handler to listen to the Disposed event on the component.

DoubleClick Occurs when the user double-clicks the icon in the status notification area of the taskbar.

MouseDown Occurs when the user presses the mouse button while the pointer is over the icon in the status notification area of the taskbar.

MouseMove Occurs when the user moves the mouse while the pointer is over the icon in the status notification area of the taskbar.

MouseUp Occurs when the user releases the mouse button while the pointer is over the icon in the status notification area of the taskbar.

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