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How to hide an Action Bar Menu Item

MartHughMartHugh USMember ✭✭✭
edited January 2017 in Xamarin.Android

I am using v7.AppCompat and need to include a search bar on the "action bar" (represented by a v7 ToolBar)

This is OK, the following code works alright, but what I need to be able to do from my code is hide the search icon under certain conditions (like when a certain Tab is selected)

The problem I have is obtaining an object reference for the menu item because in the line

MenuItem searchitem = Menu.findItem (Resource.Id.action_search);

The type MenuItem and the method finditem do not compile.

What is the correct way to do this under v7.AppCompat?

Any ideas please ?

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<menu xmlns:android=""
  <item android:id="@+id/action_search"
      app:actionViewClass="" />

 public override bool OnCreateOptionsMenu (IMenu menu)
            MenuInflater.Inflate (Resource.Menu.home, menu);
            return base.OnCreateOptionsMenu (menu);

        protected override void OnCreate (Bundle bundle)
            base.OnCreate (bundle);
            // Set view from the "main" layout resource
            SetContentView (Resource.Layout.main);
                       // Top 'action bar' toolbar to hold things like share and menu
                      Toolbar toolbar = FindViewById<Toolbar> (Resource.Id.toolbar);
                      //Toolbar will now take on default actionbar characteristics
              SetSupportActionBar (toolbar);

                    // get the ActionBar search menu, so we can hide it
                       MenuItem searchitem = Menu.findItem (Resource.Id.action_search);
                       searchitem.Visibility = ViewStates.Gone;


  • MartHughMartHugh USMember ✭✭✭

    I have pushed on further with this, but still cannot hide the search icon

     private IMenuItem m_mi;
     public override bool OnPrepareOptionsMenu(IMenu menu)
        // get a reference to the search menu item
                m_mi = menu.FindItem(Resource.Id.action_search);
                return base.OnPrepareOptionsMenu(menu);

    but then executing

     m_mi.Icon.SetVisible(false, true); 

    does not hide the icon.

    Any clues please ?

  • MartHughMartHugh USMember ✭✭✭

    The only way I have found to hide and reshow the icon is to call .Clear() on the menu, and then reinflate it.

    Not particularly elelgant. Is there a better way ?

  • squawkinggoatsquawkinggoat USMember ✭✭


    I was needing to disable buttons in the appbar for an app requirement. In my case, I am using the MVVMCross framework with a MvxCachingFragmentCompatActivity and several MvxFragment classes. I have a MvxInteraction in my viewmodel for the fragment which is a really just an EventHandler that gets wired up in the fragment/view to call InvalidateOptionsMenu on the base Activity. When the MvxInteraction is raised in the ViewModel, InvalidateOptionsMenu is called which kicks off a call to OnCreateOptionsMenu. In OnCreateOptionsMenu is where I check a view model property IsBusy to determine if I should disable the buttons. Here is the code:

    In the OnCreateView method:

     ViewModel.DisableMenuButtons.WeakSubscribe((obj, args) =>

    In the OnCreateOptionsMenu:

     public override void OnCreateOptionsMenu(IMenu menu, MenuInflater inflater)
                inflater.Inflate(Resource.Menu.my_menu, menu);
                base.OnCreateOptionsMenu(menu, inflater);
                if (ViewModel.IsBusy)
                } else {


    private MvxInteraction _disableMenuButtons =
                new MvxInteraction();
            public IMvxInteraction DisableMenuButtons => _disableMenuButtons;

    Whenever you need to disable the buttons you would call _disableMenuButtons.Raise();

    In your case, you would wire an event form the viewmodel to the view to call InvalidateOptionsMenu. In the OnCreateOptionsMenu function you would use SetVisible(false) instead of SetEnabled(false).

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