Configuration

An object defining configuration options for the Menu widget.

See Also

accessKey

Specifies the shortcut key that sets focus on the widget.

Type:

String

Default Value: null

The value of this option will be passed to the accesskey attribute of the HTML element that underlies the widget.

activeStateEnabled

A Boolean value specifying whether or not the widget changes its state when interacting with a user.

Type:

Boolean

Default Value: true

This option is used when the widget is displayed on a platform whose guidelines include the active state change for widgets.

adaptivityEnabled

Specifies whether adaptive widget rendering is enabled on small screens. Applies only if the orientation is "horizontal".

Type:

Boolean

Default Value: false

On small-screen devices, the Menu is shown as a list icon, and items have a tree structure like the TreeView items if adaptive rendering is enabled.

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animation

Configures widget visibility animations. This object contains two fields: show and hide.

Type:

Object

Default Value: { show: { type: 'fade', from: 0, to: 1, duration: 100 }, hide: { type: 'fade', from: 1, to: 0, duration: 100 } }

Set this object to null or undefined to disable animation.

cssClass

Specifies the name of the CSS class to be applied to the root menu level and all submenus.

Type:

String

Default Value: ''

Use this option to customize the current menu in isolation from other menus created on the same page.

dataSource

Binds the widget to data.

Default Value: null

If you use DevExtreme ASP.NET MVC Controls, refer to the Data Binding article.

The Menu works with collections of string values or objects.

Depending on your data source, bind the Menu to data as follows. If the data source provides objects, also specify the itemTemplate. You can skip this part if the objects contain fields described in the Default Item Template section.

  • Data Array
    Assign the array to the dataSource option.

  • Read-Only Data in JSON Format
    Set the dataSource option to the URL of a JSON file or service that returns JSON data.

  • OData
    Implement an ODataStore.

  • Web API, PHP, MongoDB
    Use one of the following extensions to enable the server to process data according to the protocol DevExtreme widgets use:

    Then, use the createStore method to configure access to the server on the client as shown below. This method is part of DevExtreme.AspNet.Data.

    jQuery
    JavaScript
    $(function() {
        let serviceUrl = "https://url/to/my/service";
        $("#menuContainer").dxMenu({
            // ...
            dataSource: DevExpress.data.AspNet.createStore({
                key: "ID",
                loadUrl: serviceUrl + "/GetAction",
                insertUrl: serviceUrl + "/InsertAction",
                updateUrl: serviceUrl + "/UpdateAction",
                deleteUrl: serviceUrl + "/DeleteAction"
            })
        })
    });
    Angular
    app.component.ts
    app.component.html
    app.module.ts
    import { Component } from '@angular/core';
    import CustomStore from 'devextreme/data/custom_store';
    import { createStore } from 'devextreme-aspnet-data-nojquery';
    
    @Component({
        selector: 'app-root',
        templateUrl: './app.component.html',
        styleUrls: ['./app.component.css']
    })
    export class AppComponent {
        store: CustomStore;
        constructor() {
            let serviceUrl = "https://url/to/my/service";
            this.store = createStore({
                key: "ID",
                loadUrl: serviceUrl + "/GetAction",
                insertUrl: serviceUrl + "/InsertAction",
                updateUrl: serviceUrl + "/UpdateAction",
                deleteUrl: serviceUrl + "/DeleteAction"
            })
        }
    }
    <dx-menu ...
        [dataSource]="store">
    </dx-menu>
    import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
    import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
    import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
    
    import { DxMenuModule } from 'devextreme-angular';
    
    @NgModule({
        declarations: [
            AppComponent
        ],
        imports: [
            BrowserModule,
            DxMenuModule
        ],
        providers: [],
        bootstrap: [AppComponent]
    })
    export class AppModule { }
    Vue
    App.vue
    <template> 
        <dx-menu ...
            :data-source="store" />
    </template>
    
    <script>
    import 'devextreme/dist/css/dx.common.css';
    import 'devextreme/dist/css/dx.light.css';
    
    import CustomStore from 'devextreme/data/custom_store';
    import { createStore } from 'devextreme-aspnet-data-nojquery';
    import { DxMenu } from 'devextreme-vue/menu';
    
    export default {
        components: {
            DxMenu
        },
        data() {
            const serviceUrl = "https://url/to/my/service";
            const store = createStore({
                key: "ID",
                loadUrl: serviceUrl + "/GetAction",
                insertUrl: serviceUrl + "/InsertAction",
                updateUrl: serviceUrl + "/UpdateAction",
                deleteUrl: serviceUrl + "/DeleteAction"
            });
            return {
                store
            }
        }
    }
    </script>
    React
    App.js
    import React from 'react';
    import 'devextreme/dist/css/dx.common.css';
    import 'devextreme/dist/css/dx.light.css';
    
    import CustomStore from 'devextreme/data/custom_store';
    import { createStore } from 'devextreme-aspnet-data-nojquery';
    import Menu from 'devextreme-react/menu';
    
    const serviceUrl = "https://url/to/my/service";
    const store = createStore({
        key: "ID",
        loadUrl: serviceUrl + "/GetAction",
        insertUrl: serviceUrl + "/InsertAction",
        updateUrl: serviceUrl + "/UpdateAction",
        deleteUrl: serviceUrl + "/DeleteAction"
    });
    
    class App extends React.Component {
        render() {
            return (
                <Menu ...
                    dataSource={store} />
            );
        }
    }
    export default App;
  • Any other data source
    Implement a CustomStore.

Regardless of the data source on the input, the Menu always wraps it in the DataSource object. This object allows you to sort, filter, group, and otherwise shape data. To get its instance, call the getDataSource() method.

NOTE

Please review the following notes about data binding:

  • Do not specify the items option if you specified the dataSource, and vice versa.

  • Data field names should not contain the following characters: ., ,, :, [, and ].

  • DataSource and stores provide methods to process and update data. However, the methods do not allow you to perform particular tasks (for example, replace the entire dataset, reconfigure data access at runtime). For such tasks, create a new array, store, or DataSource and assign it to the dataSource option as shown in the articles about changing options in jQuery, Angular, React, and Vue.

disabled

Specifies whether the widget responds to user interaction.

Type:

Boolean

Default Value: false

disabledExpr

Specifies the name of the data source item field whose value defines whether or not the corresponding widget item is disabled.

Type:

String

|

Function

Default Value: 'disabled'

displayExpr

Specifies the data field whose values should be displayed.

Type:

String

|

Function

Function parameters:
item:

Object

The current item's data object.

Default Value: 'text'

Set this option to the name of a data field that provides displayed values...

displayExpr: "name"

... or to a function that returns the displayed value:

displayExpr: function(item) {
    // "item" can be null
    return item && 'ID: ' + item.id + ', Name: ' + item.name;
}

elementAttr

Specifies the attributes to be attached to the widget's root element.

Type:

Object

Default Value: {}
jQuery
$(function(){
    $("#menuContainer").dxMenu({
        // ...
        elementAttr: {
            id: "elementId",
            class: "class-name"
        }
    });
});
Angular
HTML
TypeScript
<dx-menu ...
    [elementAttr]="{ id: 'elementId', class: 'class-name' }">
</dx-menu>
import { DxMenuModule } from "devextreme-angular";
// ...
export class AppComponent {
    // ...
}
@NgModule({
    imports: [
        // ...
        DxMenuModule
    ],
    // ...
})
ASP.NET MVC Control
Razor C#
Razor VB
@(Html.DevExtreme().Menu()
    .ElementAttr("class", "class-name")
    // ===== or =====
    .ElementAttr(new {
        @id = "elementId",
        @class = "class-name"
    })
    // ===== or =====
    .ElementAttr(new Dictionary<string, object>() {
        { "id", "elementId" },
        { "class", "class-name" }
    })

)
@(Html.DevExtreme().Menu() _
    .ElementAttr("class", "class-name")
    ' ===== or =====
    .ElementAttr(New With {
        .id = "elementId",
        .class = "class-name"
    })
    ' ===== or =====
    .ElementAttr(New Dictionary(Of String, Object) From {
        { "id", "elementId" },
        { "class", "class-name" }
    })
)

focusStateEnabled

Specifies whether the widget can be focused using keyboard navigation.

Type:

Boolean

Default Value: false, true (desktop)

height

Specifies the widget's height.

Type:

Number

|

String

|

Function

Return Value:

Number

|

String

The widget's height.

Default Value: undefined

This option accepts a value of one of the following types:

  • Number
    The height in pixels.

  • String
    A CSS-accepted measurement of height. For example, "55px", "80%", "inherit".

  • Function
    A function returning either of the above. For example:

    JavaScript
    height: function() {
        return window.innerHeight / 1.5;
    }

hideSubmenuOnMouseLeave

Specifies whether or not the submenu is hidden when the mouse pointer leaves it.

Type:

Boolean

Default Value: false

hint

Specifies text for a hint that appears when a user pauses on the widget.

Type:

String

Default Value: undefined

hoverStateEnabled

Specifies whether the widget changes its state when a user pauses on it.

Type:

Boolean

Default Value: true

items

Holds an array of menu items.

If you need to update the widget items, reassign the entire items[] array as shown in the following example:

JavaScript
menuInstance.option('items', newItems);

As an alternative to items, you can use the dataSource option. It accepts the DataSource object, whose underlying stores provide an API that allows you to update individual items without reassigning the entire item collection.

NOTE
Do not use the items option if you use dataSource, and vice versa.

Particular fields in objects can control the widget's appearance. See Default Templates for more information.

itemsExpr

Specifies which data field contains nested items.

Type:

String

|

Function

Default Value: 'items'

itemTemplate

Specifies a custom template for items.

Type:

template

Function parameters:
itemData:

Object

The item object to be rendered.

itemIndex:

Number

The index of the item to be rendered.

itemElement:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The item's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

Return Value:

String

|

DOM Node

|

jQuery

A template name or container.

Default Value: 'item'

onContentReady

A function that is executed when the widget's content is ready and each time the content is changed.

Type:

Function

Function parameters:
e:

Object

Information about the event.

Object structure:
component:

Menu

The widget's instance.

element:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The widget's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

model:

Object

The model data. Available only when using Knockout.

Default Value: null

onDisposing

A function that is executed before the widget is disposed of.

Type:

Function

Function parameters:
e:

Object

Information about the event.

Object structure:
component:

Menu

The widget's instance.

element:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The widget's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

model:

Object

The model data. Available only if you use Knockout.

Default Value: null

onInitialized

A function used in JavaScript frameworks to save the widget instance.

Type:

Function

Function parameters:
e:

Object

Information about the event.

Object structure:
component:

Menu

The widget's instance.

element:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The widget's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

Default Value: null
See Also

onItemClick

A function that is executed when a collection item is clicked or tapped.

Type:

Function

|

String

Function parameters:
e:

Object

Information about the event.

Object structure:
component:

Menu

The widget's instance.

element:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The widget's container.

model:

Object

The model data. Available only if you use Knockout.

itemData:

Object

The clicked item's data.

itemElement:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The item's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

itemIndex:

Number

The clicked item's index.

jQueryEvent:

jQuery.Event

Use 'event' instead.

The jQuery event that caused the handler execution. Deprecated in favor of the event field.

event:

Event (jQuery or dxEvent)

The event that caused the function to execute. It is a dxEvent or a jQuery.Event when you use jQuery.

Default Value: null

onItemContextMenu

A function that is executed when a collection item is right-clicked or pressed.

Type:

Function

Function parameters:
e:

Object

Information about the event.

Object structure:
component:

Menu

The widget's instance.

element:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The widget's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

model:

Object

The model data. Available only if you use Knockout.

itemData:

Object

The item's data.

itemElement:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The item's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

itemIndex:

Number

The item's index.

jQueryEvent:

jQuery.Event

Use 'event' instead.

The jQuery event that caused the handler execution. Deprecated in favor of the event field.

event:

Event (jQuery or dxEvent)

The event that caused the function to execute. It is a dxEvent or a jQuery.Event when you use jQuery.

Default Value: null

onItemRendered

A function that is executed after a collection item is rendered.

Type:

Function

Function parameters:
e:

Object

Information about the event.

Object structure:
component:

Menu

The widget's instance.

element:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The widget's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

model:

Object

The model data. Available only if you use Knockout.

itemData:

Object

The current item's data.

itemElement:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The item's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

itemIndex:

Number

The current item's index.

Default Value: null

onOptionChanged

A function that is executed after a widget option is changed.

Type:

Function

Function parameters:
e:

Object

Information about the event.

Object structure:
component:

Menu

The widget's instance.

name:

String

The modified option if it belongs to the first level. Otherwise, the first-level option it is nested into.

fullName:

String

The path to the modified option that includes all parent options.

value: any

The modified option's new value.

element:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The widget's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

model:

Object

The model data. Available only if you use Knockout.

Default Value: null

onSelectionChanged

A function that is executed when a collection item is selected or selection is canceled.

Type:

Function

Function parameters:
e:

Object

Information about the event.

Object structure:
component:

Menu

The widget's instance.

element:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The widget's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

model:

Object

The model data. Available only if you use Knockout.

addedItems:

Array<any>

The data of the items that have been selected.

removedItems:

Array<any>

The data of the items whose selection has been canceled.

Default Value: null

onSubmenuHidden

A function that is executed after a submenu is hidden.

Type:

Function

Function parameters:
e:

Object

Information about the event.

Object structure:
component:

Menu

The widget's instance.

element:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The widget's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

model:

Object

The model data. Available only if Knockout is used.

rootItem:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The root menu element's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

Default Value: null

onSubmenuHiding

A function that is executed before a submenu is hidden.

Type:

Function

Function parameters:
e:

Object

Information about the event.

Object structure:
component:

Menu

The widget's instance.

element:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The widget's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

model:

Object

The model data. Available only if Knockout is used.

rootItem:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The root menu element's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

cancel:

Boolean

Allows you to cancel submenu hiding.

Default Value: null

onSubmenuShowing

A function that is executed before a submenu is displayed.

Type:

Function

Function parameters:
e:

Object

Information about the event.

Object structure:
component:

Menu

The widget's instance.

element:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The widget's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

model:

Object

The model data. Available only if Knockout is used.

rootItem:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The root menu element's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

Default Value: null

onSubmenuShown

A function that is executed after a submenu is displayed.

Type:

Function

Function parameters:
e:

Object

Information about the event.

Object structure:
component:

Menu

The widget's instance.

element:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The widget's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

model:

Object

The model data. Available only if Knockout is used.

rootItem:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

The root menu element's container. It is an HTML Element or a jQuery Element when you use jQuery.

Default Value: null

orientation

Specifies whether the menu has horizontal or vertical orientation.

Type:

String

Default Value: 'horizontal'
Accepted Values: 'horizontal' | 'vertical'

Use the Orientation enum to specify this option when the widget is used as an ASP.NET MVC Control. This enum accepts the following values: Horizontal and Vertical.

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rtlEnabled

Switches the widget to a right-to-left representation.

Type:

Boolean

Default Value: false

When this option is set to true, the widget text flows from right to left, and the layout of elements is reversed. To switch the entire application/site to the right-to-left representation, assign true to the rtlEnabled field of the object passed to the DevExpress.config(config) method.

JavaScript
DevExpress.config({
    rtlEnabled: true
});
See Also

selectByClick

Specifies whether or not an item becomes selected if a user clicks it.

Type:

Boolean

Default Value: false

selectedExpr

Specifies the name of the data source item field whose value defines whether or not the corresponding widget items is selected.

Type:

String

|

Function

Default Value: 'selected'

selectedItem

The selected item object.

Type:

Object

Default Value: null
Raised Events: selectionChanged

selectionMode

Specifies the selection mode supported by the menu.

Type:

String

Default Value: none
Accepted Values: 'none' | 'single'

To select an item on click and to visually display the selection, set the selectByClick option to true. Note that in this case the selectionMode should be "single".

Use the MenuSelectionMode enum to specify this option when the widget is used as an ASP.NET MVC Control. This enum accepts the following values: Single and None.

showFirstSubmenuMode

Specifies options for showing and hiding the first level submenu.

Type:

Object

|

String

Default Value: { name: 'onClick', delay: { show: 50, hide: 300 } }
Accepted Values: 'onClick' | 'onHover'

If you assign a string that specifies the mode name to this option, the widget will use the default delay value.

JavaScript
showFirstSubmenuMode: "onHover"

Use the ShowSubmenuMode enum to specify this option when the widget is used as an ASP.NET MVC Control. This enum accepts the following values: OnHover and OnClick.

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showSubmenuMode

Specifies options of submenu showing and hiding.

Type:

Object

|

String

Default Value: { name: 'onHover', delay: { show: 0, hide: 0 } }
Accepted Values: 'onClick' | 'onHover'

By default, the secondary-level submenus of the Menu widget are displayed on the same event as the first-level submenu. To set another event for displaying secondary-level submenus, use the showSubmenuMode option. Alternatively, you can change the event on which the first-level submenu is displayed. For this purpose, use the showFirstSubmenuMode option.

Use the ShowSubmenuMode enum to specify this option when the widget is used as an ASP.NET MVC Control. This enum accepts the following values: OnHover and OnClick.

submenuDirection

Specifies the direction at which the submenus are displayed.

Type:

String

Default Value: 'auto'
Accepted Values: 'auto' | 'leftOrTop' | 'rightOrBottom'

By default, the first submenu is displayed so that it is visible totally, based on the menu location on the page. Use the submenuDirection option to display the first submenu at the bottom or at the top of a root item when the widget's orientation is horizontal, and to the left or to the right when orientation is vertical.

Use the SubmenuDirection enum to specify this option when the widget is used as an ASP.NET MVC Control. This enum accepts the following values: LeftOrTop, RightOrBottom, and Auto.

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tabIndex

Specifies the number of the element when the Tab key is used for navigating.

Type:

Number

Default Value: 0

The value of this option will be passed to the tabindex attribute of the HTML element that underlies the widget.

visible

Specifies whether the widget is visible.

Type:

Boolean

Default Value: true

width

Specifies the widget's width.

Type:

Number

|

String

|

Function

Return Value:

Number

|

String

The widget's width.

Default Value: undefined

This option accepts a value of one of the following types:

  • Number
    The width in pixels.

  • String
    A CSS-accepted measurement of width. For example, "55px", "80%", "auto", "inherit".

  • Function
    A function returning either of the above. For example:

    JavaScript
    width: function() {
        return window.innerWidth / 1.5;
    }