Any way to reduce the width of the button on a Combo Box?

Posted on 2006-05-20
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
I need several values in a row, each changeable with a ComboBox drop-down. The standard width is about twice as wide as I'd like it to be. Is it changeable?

The ideal would be like on a ToolStripDropDown - they're nice and narrow.

Thx if you can help!
Question by:Flying-Kiwi
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    Expert Comment

    by:Fernando Soto
    Hi  Flying-Kiwi;

    At design time you can change the Size attribute to the size you want. In the properties window click on the + sign next to Size to expose the Width and Height attributes, change width to what value you need. At run time you can do it this way:

        ComboBox1.Size = New Size(60, 21)

    Where 60 is the new Width and 21 is the new Height.


    Author Comment

    Ah poo, I missed one critical thing in my question - it's the size of the actual 'down-arrow' button I'd like to change, to make it narrower.
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    Accepted Solution

    There is no attribute to change the size of the down arrow in the combo box. If you wanted to do that you would have to create a user control that inherits from the ComboBox and do the painting of the control your self. A lot of work to reduce the size of the arrow button.


    Author Comment

    Thx, I feared so. :-(

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