Resize Combobox


i want to resize my comboboxes to match the size of the textboxes.

i've seen that i can use:
cbo.DrawMode = DrawMode.OwnerDrawFixed
cbo.ItemHeight =15

to specify a custom height.

the problem is that once i do that i can't see any items in the comboxbox dropdown. The dropdown is the correct height for the number of items, and if i click inside the dropdown it selects the text thats there, just i can't see the text.

i'm thinking i need to capture some event and maybe call the base class, just not sure which one or if i'm on the right track.
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naiea1231Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Just had a look around for you and there is a good example here:
http://www.dotnet247.com/247reference/msgs/40/203845.aspx

You'll just have to adjust the listbox to combobox, as the same commands should apply to both without any issues. Let us know how it goes.

James
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eozz_2000Commented:
When you set the drawMode property of the comboBox to DrawMode.OwnerDrawFixed, you have to draw you items by code, you are indicating that you want to paint your control as you want, thats the reason because you see nothing.
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mpdaltonAuthor Commented:
any code snippets that might show me how to do that ?
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arif_eqbalConnect With a Mentor Commented:
in the DrawItem Event of the ComboBox write

 e.DrawBackground()
 e.Graphics.DrawString(ComboBox1.Items(e.Index), e.Font, Brushes.Blue, New RectangleF(e.Bounds.X, e.Bounds.Y, e.Bounds.Width, e.Bounds.Height))

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arif_eqbalCommented:
sorry I wrote Brushes.Blue
it will show the Items in Blue color make it Brushes.Black
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naiea1231Connect With a Mentor Commented:
This is what you need

   Private Sub ComboBox1_DrawItem(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.DrawItemEventArgs) Handles ComboBox1.DrawItem
        ' Set the DrawMode property to draw fixed sized items.
        ComboBox1.DrawMode = DrawMode.OwnerDrawFixed
        ' Draw the background of the ListBox control for each item.
        e.DrawBackground()
        ' Create a new Brush and initialize to a Black colored brush by default.
        Dim myBrush As Brush

        ' Determine the color of the brush to draw each item.
        myBrush = Brushes.Black

        ' Draw the current item text based on the current Font and the custom brush settings.
        e.Graphics.DrawString(ComboBox1.Items(e.Index), e.Font, myBrush, New RectangleF(e.Bounds.X, e.Bounds.Y, e.Bounds.Width, e.Bounds.Height))
        ' If the ListBox has focus, draw a focus rectangle around the selected item.
        e.DrawFocusRectangle()
    End Sub

It basically draws in all the elements of the combobox as by changing the DrawMode to OwnerDrawFixed, the operating system no longer draws in the items, and this has to be done manually. Give that a go, it will allow you to use any item height.

James
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naiea1231Commented:
My apologies, 3 minutes slow ;), arif_eqbal has the same code.
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mpdaltonAuthor Commented:
thanks for your replies.

the comboboxes i'm using are bound to a datatable to when the e.graphics.drawstring method is called it generates an error:

"Cast from type 'DataRowView' to type 'String' is not valid."

is it possible to use this method with a bound combobox ?
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naiea1231Commented:
Keep in mind that example is in C#, but you can see how it applies to VB.NET, however if you need a hand converting just ask.

James
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mpdaltonAuthor Commented:
Brilliant, thanks everyone it's working perfectly now ... finally all my controls are the same height.

i'm a happy man :-)
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