Refererencing the toolstripmenuitem in VB.NET
Posted on 2013-01-15
I have a VB form with a menu bar containing a drop down list of three states: Virginia, Florida, and California. Each state has a context menu of three cities. Below the menu bar are two text boxes, one to display the city (TextBox1) and one to display the state (TextBox2) that the user chooses. I created code for each menu item to populate the correct text box. For example, if you click Virginia, here is the code that will put Virginia in the state text box:
TextBox2.Text = VirginiaToolStripMenuItem.Text
My program works, but there are two problems.
1) If I add all 50 states and more cities, it would be impractical to write code for each city and state. How do I iterate through all menu items to populate TextBox1 and TextBox2 with the user's choices?
2) It's possible for a city in TextBox1 to be paired with an incorrect state in TextBox2. The reason is that you can click one of the cities without clicking its state. For example, if you hover your mouse over Virginia, the Virginia cities show up automatically. You don't have to click Virginia to see Richmond, Norfolk, and Roanoke. So you can click Richmond and then click on a different state like Florida. How can I prevent the context menu of cities from automatically appearing when you hover your cursor over the state? I need to force the user to click a state in order to see its cities.