Good Day. I am relatively new to android programming and I am having problems displaying action Items on my action bar. I can manipulate my actionbar through Java code (show and hide text, Icon and action bar), however when I try to add my own images to the action bar they don't show up. I know it recognizes at least one of the png images as it shows up in android studop, however when I run the code it doesn't display. Is there any java code that I need to insert in order for this to happen?

Here is my xml code:

<menu xmlns:android="">

        android:title="Add Contact"


The xml is in the res/menu folder.

Thanks for any help that can be provided. (I am using API 11+ so there is no need for the support library)

Forgot to include the method to bring up the menu in my java code.

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