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How to Create Android Menus

In android application menu is one of the important user interface entity which provides some action options for a particular view. In this tutorial i am discussing about creating android menus.

The final output of menu tutorial will be like below image

Menus Output

In this tutorial we are creating a simple menu with 6 menu items. On clicking on single menu item a simple Toast message will be shown.

1. Create a new project File ⇒ New ⇒ Android Project and give activity name asAndroidMenusActivity.
2. Now create an XML file under res/layout folder and name it as menu.xml.
3. Open menu.xml file and type following code. In the following code we are creating a single menu with 6 menu items. Each menu item has an icon and title for display the label under menu icon. Also we have id for each menu item to identify uniquely.

» menu.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <!-- Single menu item
         Set id, icon and Title for each menu item
    <item android:id="@+id/menu_bookmark"
          android:title="Bookmark" />
    <item android:id="@+id/menu_save"
          android:title="Save" />
    <item android:id="@+id/menu_search"
          android:title="Search" />
    <item android:id="@+id/menu_share"
          android:title="Share" />
    <item android:id="@+id/menu_delete"
          android:title="Delete" /> 
    <item android:id="@+id/menu_preferences"
          android:title="Preferences" />

4. Now open your main Activity class file (AndroidMenusActivity.java) and type following code. In the following code each menu item is identified by its ID in switch case statement.

» AndroidMenusActivity.java
package com.androidhive.androidmenus;
import android.app.Activity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.view.MenuInflater;
import android.view.MenuItem;
import android.widget.Toast;
public class AndroidMenusActivity extends Activity {
    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    // Initiating Menu XML file (menu.xml)
    public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu)
        MenuInflater menuInflater = getMenuInflater();
        menuInflater.inflate(R.layout.menu, menu);
        return true;
     * Event Handling for Individual menu item selected
     * Identify single menu item by it's id
     * */
    public boolean onOptionsItemSelected(MenuItem item)
        switch (item.getItemId())
        case R.id.menu_bookmark:
            // Single menu item is selected do something
            // Ex: launching new activity/screen or show alert message
            Toast.makeText(AndroidMenusActivity.this, "Bookmark is Selected", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
            return true;
        case R.id.menu_save:
            Toast.makeText(AndroidMenusActivity.this, "Save is Selected", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
            return true;
        case R.id.menu_search:
            Toast.makeText(AndroidMenusActivity.this, "Search is Selected", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
            return true;
        case R.id.menu_share:
            Toast.makeText(AndroidMenusActivity.this, "Share is Selected", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
            return true;
        case R.id.menu_delete:
            Toast.makeText(AndroidMenusActivity.this, "Delete is Selected", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
            return true;
        case R.id.menu_preferences:
            Toast.makeText(AndroidMenusActivity.this, "Preferences is Selected", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
            return true;
            return super.onOptionsItemSelected(item);

5. Finally run your project by right clicking on your project folder ⇒ Run As ⇒ 1 Android Application to test your application. On Android Emulator click on Menu Button to launch menu.

launch menu
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