Getting Started with ASP.NET Core Menu Control

22 Apr 20228 minutes to read

This section briefly explains about how to include ASP.NET Core Menu control in your ASP.NET Core application using Visual Studio.

Prerequisites

System requirements for ASP.NET Core controls

Create ASP.NET Core web application with Razor pages

Install ASP.NET Core package in the application

Syncfusion ASP.NET Core controls are available in nuget.org. Refer to NuGet packages topic to learn more about installing NuGet packages in various OS environments. To add ASP.NET Core controls in the application, open the NuGet package manager in Visual Studio (Tools → NuGet Package Manager → Manage NuGet Packages for Solution), search for Syncfusion.EJ2.AspNet.Core and then install it.

The Syncfusion.EJ2.AspNet.Core NuGet package has dependencies, Newtonsoft.Json for JSON serialization and Syncfusion.Licensing for validating Syncfusion license key.

Add Syncfusion ASP.NET Core Tag Helper

Open ~/Views/_ViewImports.cshtml file and import the Syncfusion.EJ2 TagHelper.

@addTagHelper *, Syncfusion.EJ2

Add style sheet

Checkout the Themes topic to learn different ways (CDN, NPM package, and CRG) to refer styles in ASP.NET Core application, and to have the expected appearance for Syncfusion ASP.NET Core controls. Here, the theme is referred using CDN inside the <head> of ~/Pages/Shared/_Layout.cshtml file as follows,

<head>
    ...
    <!-- Syncfusion ASP.NET Core controls styles -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.2.43/fluent.css" />
</head>

Add script reference

In this getting started walk-through, the required scripts are referred using CDN inside the <head> of ~/Pages/Shared/_Layout.cshtml file as follows,

<head>
    ...
    <!-- Syncfusion ASP.NET Core controls scripts -->
    <script src="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.2.43/dist/ej2.min.js"></script>
</head>

Register Syncfusion Script Manager

Open ~/Pages/Shared/_Layout.cshtml page and register the script manager at the end of `<body>` in the ASP.NET Core application as follows.

<body>
...
    <!-- Syncfusion ASP.NET Core Script Manager -->
    <ejs-scripts></ejs-scripts>
</body>

Add ASP.NET Core Menu control

Now, add the Syncfusion ASP.NET Core Menu tag helper in ~/Pages/Index.cshtml page.

@{
    ...
    List<object> menuItems = new List<object>();
    menuItems.Add(new
    {
        text = "File",
        items = new List<object>()
        {
            new { text = "Open" },
            new { text = "Save" },
            new { text = "Exit" }
        }
    });
    menuItems.Add(new
    {
        text = "Edit",
        items = new List<object>()
        {
            new { text = "Cut" },
            new { text = "Copy" },
            new { text = "Paste" }
        }
    });
    menuItems.Add(new
    {
        text = "View",
        items = new List<object>()
        {
            new { text = "Toolbar" },
            new { text = "Sidebar" },
            new { text = "Fullscreen" }
        }
    });
    menuItems.Add(new
    {
        text = "Tools",
        items = new List<object>()
        {
            new { text = "Spelling & Grammar" },
            new { text = "Customize" },
            new { text = "Options" }
        }
    });
    menuItems.Add(new
    {
        text = "Go"
    });
    menuItems.Add(new
    {
        text = "Help"
    });
}

<ejs-menu id="menu"  items="menuItems"></ejs-menu>

Press Ctrl+F5 (Windows) or +F5 (macOS) to run the app. Then, the Syncfusion ASP.NET Core Menu control will be rendered in the default web browser.

ASP.NET Core Menu Control

This example demonstrates the basic rendering of Menu with items support. For more information about data source support, refer to the Data Source Binding section.

Group menu items with separator

The separators are both horizontal and vertical lines used to separate the menu items. You cannot select the separators, but you can enable separators to group the menu items using the separator property. The Open and Save sub menu items are grouped using the separator property in the following sample.

@{
    ...
    List<object> menuItems = new List<object>();
    menuItems.Add(new
    {
        text = "File",
        items = new List<object>()
        {
            new { text = "Open" },
            new { text = "Save" }, new { separator = true},
            new { text = "Exit" }
        }
    });
    menuItems.Add(new
    {
        text = "Edit",
        items = new List<object>()
        {
            new { text = "Cut" },
            new { text = "Copy" },
            new { text = "Paste" }
        }
    });
    menuItems.Add(new
    {
        text = "View",
        items = new List<object>()
        {
            new { text = "Toolbar" },
            new { text = "Sidebar" },
            new { text = "Fullscreen" }
        }
    });
    menuItems.Add(new
    {
        text = "Tools",
        items = new List<object>()
        {
            new { text = "Spelling & Grammar" },
            new { text = "Customize" },
            new { text = "Options" }
        }
    });
    menuItems.Add(new
    {
        text = "Go"
    });
    menuItems.Add(new
    {
        text = "Help"
    });
}

<ejs-menu id="menu" items="menuItems"></ejs-menu>

ASP.NET Core Menu with Separator

The separator property should not be given along with the other fields in the MenuItem. You can also enable the separator to group horizontal menu items.

View Sample in GitHub.

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