Right Click and Context Menu Support in Silverlight 4

Silverlight 4 allows us access to right-click functionality, in earlier versions of Silverlight right-clicking would bring up the standard SL popup menu.

Simple Right Click

To capture a right-click the MouseRightButtonDown event can be subscribed to:

MouseRightButtonDown="btnPopup_MouseRightButtonDown"

To prevent the standard SL popup from appearing, in the event handler we set Handled to true, this stops the right-click event from bubbling up to Silverlight:

private void btnPopup_MouseRightButtonDown(object sender, MouseButtonEventArgs e)
{   
    // Prevent the standard Silverlight popup          
    e.Handled = true;

    MessageBox.Show("Right button clicked");
}

Context Menu

The ContextMenu is available in the Silverlight Toolkit.

A popup context menu can easily be added to a control (e.g. a button), when the control is right-clicked the context menu is automatically shown

The XAML below declares a simple popup menu with 2 menu items: Open & Save that when clicked both fire the same event handler.

<Button Name="btnContextMenu"
        Content="ContextMenu Right Click"
        MouseRightButtonDown="btnContextMenu_MouseRightButtonDown">
    <toolkit:ContextMenuService.ContextMenu>
        <toolkit:ContextMenu>
            <toolkit:MenuItem Header="Open" Click="ContextMenuItem_Click"/>
            <toolkit:MenuItem Header="Save" Click="ContextMenuItem_Click"/>
        </toolkit:ContextMenu>                   
    </toolkit:ContextMenuService.ContextMenu>     
</Button>

The namespace (xmlns:toolkit="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation/toolkit") must be declared - if you drag and drop something from the Toolkit the namespace will be automatically added.

Full listing (simple popup & context menu)

XAML:

<UserControl x:Class="SL4RClickPopup.MainPage"
    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
    xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
    xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
    xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
    xmlns:toolkit="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation/toolkit"
    mc:Ignorable="d"
    d:DesignHeight="300" d:DesignWidth="400" >  
   
    <StackPanel>
       
        <Button Name="btnPopup"
                Content="Simple Right Click"
                MouseRightButtonDown="btnPopup_MouseRightButtonDown" />
       
        <Button Name="btnContextMenu"
                Content="ContextMenu Right Click"
                MouseRightButtonDown="btnContextMenu_MouseRightButtonDown">
           
            <toolkit:ContextMenuService.ContextMenu>
                <toolkit:ContextMenu>
                    <toolkit:MenuItem Header="Open" Click="ContextMenuItem_Click"/>
                    <toolkit:MenuItem Header="Save" Click="ContextMenuItem_Click"/>
                </toolkit:ContextMenu>
            </toolkit:ContextMenuService.ContextMenu>
           
        </Button>
         
    </StackPanel>
   
</UserControl>

Code Behind:

using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Input;

namespace SL4RClickPopup
{
    public partial class MainPage : UserControl
    {
        public MainPage()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }



        private void btnPopup_MouseRightButtonDown(object sender, MouseButtonEventArgs e)
        {
            // Prevent the standard Silverlight popup          
            e.Handled = true;

            MessageBox.Show("Right button clicked");
        }



        private void btnContextMenu_MouseRightButtonDown(object sender, MouseButtonEventArgs e)
        {
            // Because we have declare a ContextMenu in Xaml we don't
            // need to manually set e.Handled = true;
        }



        private void ContextMenuItem_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        {
            MessageBox.Show("ContextMenu item clicked");
        }
    }
}
 

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