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Need the first line of a combo box to be blank enterable

Posted on 2006-04-25
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Last Modified: 2010-04-23
I load CboAgency with the code below. How can I enter a blank row before ALLl  so user can enter his/her desireable value?

TheAgenyIdTable = GetAgencyId()
            cboAgencyId.DataSource = TheAgenyIdTable
            cboAgencyId.DataTextField = "AGENCY_Id"
            cboAgencyId.DataValueField = "AGENCY_Id"
            cboAgencyId.Items.Insert(0, New ListItem("--ALL--", ""))
Question by:sraymond101
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Expert Comment

ID: 16541284
Hello sraymond101,

you could look at
source: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q_21771251.html
1. include it in the datasource by changing the SQL to inlcude one blank row
2. add it to the datasource as showed in that PAQ > Ds.Tables("mytable").Rows.Add(Ds.Tables("mytable").NewRow)

hope this helps a bit

Author Comment

ID: 16542338
Adding this line cboAgencyId.Items.Insert(0, New ListItem("", "")) under   cboAgencyId.Items.Insert(0, New ListItem("--ALL--", "")) creates the blanks row but it reads only, and the user can not  enter data there. I would like for the user to be able to start typing into the blank row and the blank is populated with a number from the combo box

Author Comment

ID: 16543033
Resolve: My comment above fix it. I just to remove isposback from the cboAgencyId property

Accepted Solution

Garyls earned 1000 total points
ID: 16552848
Here is a control that inherits from the combobox. It doesn't add a blank row but will handle a null/empty value. You'll need to bind to "SelectedValueEx".

On press of backspace/delete it will clear the value also.

Hope its some use:

 Public Class TheDropDownList
    Inherits ComboBox

#Region " Windows Form Designer generated code "

    'Required by the Windows Form Designer
    Private components As System.ComponentModel.IContainer

    'NOTE: The following procedure is required by the Windows Form Designer
    'It can be modified using the Windows Form Designer.  
    'Do not modify it using the code editor.

    'UserControl overrides dispose to clean up the component list.
    Protected Overloads Overrides Sub Dispose(ByVal disposing As Boolean)
      If disposing Then
        If Not (components Is Nothing) Then
        End If
      End If
    End Sub
    <System.Diagnostics.DebuggerStepThrough()> Private Sub InitializeComponent()

      Me.Name = "TheDropDownList"
      Me.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(543, 96)

    End Sub

#End Region

    Const _NullText As String = "-ALL-" ' "(Not Selected)"

    Event SelectedValueExChanged As EventHandler

    Private m_ValueEx As Object
    Property SelectedValueEx() As Object
        Return m_ValueEx
      End Get
      Set(ByVal value As Object)
      End Set
    End Property

    Private Sub SetSelectedValueEx(ByVal value As Object)
      Static Running As Boolean
      If Running Then Exit Sub
        Running = True
        If value Is Nothing OrElse value Is DBNull.Value OrElse CStr(value) = "" OrElse CStr(value) = "0" Then
          'Raises the SelectedIndexChanged and SelectedValueChanged events
          Me.SelectedIndex = -1
          Me.Text = _NullText
          m_ValueEx = DBNull.Value
          m_ValueEx = value
          Me.SelectedValue = m_ValueEx
        End If
        RaiseEvent SelectedValueExChanged(Me, New EventArgs)
        Running = False
      End Try
    End Sub

    Private Sub DropDownList_SelectedValueChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.SelectedValueChanged
    End Sub

    Private Sub DropDownList_KeyDown(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.KeyEventArgs) Handles Me.KeyDown
        e.Handled = True
        e.SuppressKeyPress = True
        Select Case e.KeyCode
          Case Keys.Delete, Keys.Back
            'Clear the Value
        End Select
    End Sub

    Public Sub New()

      'This call is required by the Windows Form Designer.

    End Sub
End Class

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