Using options menus

In this example we shall show you how to create and display option menus in your Android Application. It is very important to use option menus because they enhance the user experience and improve user interaction.

To create Option Menus in Android one should perform the following steps:

  • Override the onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) method of the Activity class
  • menu.add method to add a menu entry
  • Use setIcon method to set an Image for the menu entry

as shown in the code snippet bellow :

private static final int ITEM_VISIT_IMDB = 0;
private static final int ITEM_VIEW_FULL_IMAGE = 1;
public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
    menu.add(Menu.NONE, ITEM_VISIT_IMDB, 0, 

    menu.add(Menu.NONE, ITEM_VIEW_FULL_IMAGE, 0, 

    return super.onCreateOptionsMenu(menu);
public boolean onOptionsItemSelected(MenuItem item) {
    switch (item.getItemId()) {



return true;



return true;
    return false;

This was an example of how to create Option Menus for your Android Application.

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Byron Kiourtzoglou

Byron is a master software engineer working in the IT and Telecom domains. He is an applications developer in a wide variety of applications/services. He is currently acting as the team leader and technical architect for a proprietary service creation and integration platform for both the IT and Telecom industries in addition to a in-house big data real-time analytics solution. He is always fascinated by SOA, middleware services and mobile development. Byron is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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