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Drop-down List Box Width

I have a web page that has drop-down list boxes.  Their width auto-sets depending on the width of the data in the list.  How do I manually set the list box to a certain width rather than letting the box auto-set its own width?
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dekkyb
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NickRackhamCommented:
right click the box, and choose Form Field Properties, then specify the width. I think the standard is 20.
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dekkybAuthor Commented:
If you right click the box and choose Form Field Properties, there is no option to specify the width.  There is height, tab order, and name.
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dekkybAuthor Commented:
Adjusted points to 300
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fibdevCommented:
The only way I've found too do this is to add spaces after the first menu item until it is the desired width.  It's kinda' sloppy, but it works.

Example:

  <p><select size="1" name="D1">
  <option>
Choice One&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
  </option>
  <option>Choice Two</option>
  <option>Choice Three</option>
  &nbsp;
  </select></p>
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fibdevCommented:
Didn't paste right :(

here:

<p>
  <select size="1" name="D1">
    <option>
    Choice One&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
              &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
              &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
              &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
    </option>
    <option>Choice Two</option>
    <option>Choice Three</option>
  </select>
</p>


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MikeyGCommented:
The trick here, I think, is to set the sizing of the control using absolute positioning.  You can do this by performing the following steps:

1:  Double click on your drop down box to get the properties up
2:  Click on the 'Style' button in the left hand corner of the window.
3:  Click on the 'Format' button, and then select 'Position...'
4:  Now you can choose how the form field is positioned on the screen, and in addition, its size.  For your needs, select the 'Relative' option under 'Positioning Style'.
5:  Enter the width of the combo in pixels.  (You can resize it later if needed, so just enter 100 for the time being)
6:  Click ok on all the windows to get back to the design view of your page.
7:  You can now resize the combo box by dragging on its corners/edges.

Hope that helps...
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dekkybAuthor Commented:
I had talked to a number of individuals that have experience with web page design and implementation and none of them knew how to do this.  It works perfectly.

Thanks very much!!
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