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Android ActionBar Recreate Options Menu

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

When using the ActionBar in Android, how do you refresh the options menu? I have tried hiding and showing the bar, along with getting a new instance of it with “getSupportActionBar()”

I am trying to implement a Login/Logout button that will change dynamically based on the state of the user.

Here is my onCreateOptionsMenu method

@Override
public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
    if (loggedIn)
        menu.add(0, MENU2, 0, "Logout").setShowAsAction(MenuItem.SHOW_AS_ACTION_ALWAYS);
    else
        menu.add(0, MENU2, 0, "Login").setShowAsAction(MenuItem.SHOW_AS_ACTION_ALWAYS);
    menu.add(0, MENU1, 0, "Home").setShowAsAction(MenuItem.SHOW_AS_ACTION_ALWAYS);
    return super.onCreateOptionsMenu(menu);
}

Thanks!

How to&Answers:

Invalidate the menu with invalidateOptionsMenu() and then put your code in the onPrepareOptionsMenu area.

Answer:

In your FragmentActivity call invalidateOptionsMenu()

This is also a public method, so if you want to refresh it from a fragment call getActivity().invalidateOptionsMenu()

BTW, if you’re using SherlockActionBar you’ll need to call getSherlockActivity().invalidateOptionsMenu()
from the fragment, or you’ll get an exception.

Answer:

invalidateOptionsMenu() 

requires API level 11…

for lower API use:

supportInvalidateOptionsMenu()