How to open new view (call an activity) from options menu defined in XML? (android)

I cant seem to open a new view from an options menu item. The program keeps crashing as it applies the intent and listener to the item. I am just beginning, so please be nice.

The current view is mnfsms, and the view I am trying to open is mnfsms_settings. I am developing for 1.5.

Could someone please help me get the menu working.

The menu (called options_menu.xml):

<menu xmlns:android="">
    <item android:id="@+id/settings_button"
          android:icon="@android:drawable/ic_menu_preferences" />
    <item android:id="@+id/about_button"
          android:icon="@android:drawable/ic_menu_myplaces" />

The main view (called

package com.example.mnfsms;

import android.content.Intent;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.view.MenuInflater;
import android.view.MenuItem;

public class mnfsms extends Activity {
/** Called when the activity is first created. */
public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    /*        OnClickListener myocl = new View.OnClickListener() {
 public void onClick(View v){
  Intent myi = new Intent(mnfsms.this, mnfsms_settings.class);

public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
    MenuInflater inflater = getMenuInflater();
    inflater.inflate(, menu);

    MenuItem mi_settings = (MenuItem)findViewById(;
    mi_settings.setIntent(new Intent(this, mnfsms_settings.class));

    return true;

The manifest:

<manifest xmlns:android=""
        <application android:icon="@drawable/icon" android:label="@string/app_name">
            <activity android:name=".mnfsms" android:label="@string/main_window_name">
                    <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
                    <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
      <activity android:name=".mnfsms_settings" android:label="string/main_window_name">
        <uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion="3" />

The stacktrace:

01-06 15:07:58.045: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123): Uncaught handler: thread main exiting due to uncaught exception
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123): java.lang.NullPointerException
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at com.example.mnfsms.mnfsms.onCreateOptionsMenu(
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at$DecorView.dispatchKeyEvent(
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at android.view.ViewRoot.deliverKeyEventToViewHierarchy(
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at android.view.ViewRoot.handleFinishedEvent(
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at android.view.ViewRoot.handleMessage(
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at android.os.Looper.loop(
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at java.lang.reflect.Method.invokeNative(Native Method)
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at$
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at
01-06 15:07:58.055: ERROR/AndroidRuntime(2123):     at dalvik.system.NativeStart.main(Native Method)

Asked by: Brad712 | Posted: 24-01-2022

Answer 1

replace the findViewById call with menu.findItem

Answered by: Anna565 | Posted: 25-02-2022

Answer 2

Your code and XML looks about right. However you're not calling super.onCreateOptionsMenu() at the start of your method.

Can you post the stack trace you get when the app crashes? At what point does it crash? When you press Menu while in this Activity?

Answered by: Adelaide363 | Posted: 25-02-2022

Answer 3

you can use MenuItem mi_settings = menu.getItem(0) not MenuItem mi_settings = (MenuItem)findViewById(; it is work find.

Answered by: Sawyer945 | Posted: 25-02-2022

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