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CComboBox SetwindowText() with CBS_DROPDOWNLIST style

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I am trying to use a CComboBox in my application that has a style of CBS_DROPDOWNLIST so the user cannot type his own text in.  However, if there is not a selection (like when the application first comes up) I want the edit section to have the decscription of what is in the box.  I have tried calling SetWindowText() but it doesn't work.  I am assuming because the text I want to set is not found in the combobox droplist.  Is there a way to accomplish this with the MFC CComboBox???

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Jedimaster
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by:Jaime Olivares
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I guess there is not, but you don't have to do this, just create a new item with description, there are many ways to detect that the combobox remains "unselected" (actually is selected item 0)
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Putting the description in the droplist was my first idea but unfortunatly the powers that be do not like this option... so I have to find another way to accomplish this.
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You can put description in a static text besides or above combobox
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Unfortunatly I don't have room on my interface to place a label for this combo....
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What about a tooltip?
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nope....

listen... I appreciate your comments but I need to know if there is a way to make the CComboBox do what I need it to do.  If the standard MFC CComboBox will not work for what I need it to do, then I will have to create my own ComboBox that will.  I was just hoping that I was doing something wrong or maybe someone knew about a quirky little hack to force the CComboBox to do what I want.

Again.. no offense.... I just already have a vision of how this interface should look and react.



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Jedimaster
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>If the standard MFC CComboBox will not work for what I need it to do, then I will have to create my own ComboBox that will.
As far as I know is your unique solution. A posible method is to make a CComboBox derived with DROP-DOWN option, and avoid any user input in the edit area.
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Also you can do this. Use a standard CComboBox with DROP-LIST attribute, as I suggested early, with a first "dummy" item showing some explanation. When you detect that user have selected an option, you can delete first item.
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