Vivek Khandelwal Vivek Khandelwal - 1 year ago 256
Android Question

ActionBar MenuItem Divider

Is there a way to show Divider between the Menu Items in ActionBar for HoneyComb+.

Some post says that the Divider will be shown only when the menu items has android:showAsAction="withText".

I want to show only the Icon not the Text.

I successfully shown Divider for Pre-HoneyComb by implementing a Action Bar Compatibility.

I dont want to use ActionBarSherlock as given in this post Android actionbar sherlok doesn't show divider because it will be time to change from Action Bar Compatibility to ActionBarSherlock in my all Projects.

When i saw the Android Source i found that Divider will be show only when it has text as shown below (from ActionMenuItemView)

public boolean needsDividerBefore() {
return hasText() && mItemData.getIcon() == null;

public boolean needsDividerAfter() {
return hasText();

Is there a way that I can give my Implementation for ActionMenuItemView for ActionBar where needsDividerBefore() will always give true

Answer Source

I found an answer by myself with help of However, this does not completely solve my problem. It adds a divider for Title, and also one for the home Icon. There are also left and right separators. That too is adjustable.

I added android:selectableItemBackground to my theme.

<item name="android:selectableItemBackground">@drawable/action_bar_item_selector</item>


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<layer-list xmlns:android="" >

    <item android:drawable="@drawable/actionbar_compat_separator"></item>

    <item android:left="1dp" android:drawable="@drawable/actionbar_compat_item"></item>


actionbar_compat_separator - is my seperator drawable

and actionbar_compat_item is my selector for action bar item.


I have found a better solution to my problem. It works well.

<item name="android:actionButtonStyle">@style/ActionButton</item> to my Theme

<style name="ActionButton" parent="android:style/Widget.Holo.Light.ActionButton">
        <item name="android:background">@drawable/action_bar_item_selector</item>
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