change the selected item in a dropdownlist in Mozilla

Posted on 2007-04-10
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
When an image is clicked, I want the value of the dropdown list to change.
The below (selectStyle.value = ) works for IE, but not for Mozilla.

sampleImg.Attributes.Add("onClick", " selectStyle.value = " + coverTypeRPOV.RetailerProductOptionValueID.ID + ";");
Question by:Gezna
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mistled earned 500 total points
ID: 18885165
Are you trying to change which item is selected?  Or the actual value of a specific option in the drop down?

Assuming that selectStyle is the id of the select box....

//set the value
document.getElementById('selectStyle').options[i].value == "new value";

//set the selected option
document.getElementById('selectStyle').options[i].selected = true;
document.getElementById('selectStyle').selectedindex = i;  //where i is the index of the option you want to highlight

Either way, you will need to know which item in the list is the one you want to change and replace the [i] above with it (so "options[i]" becomes "options[2]" or whatever the index is.

If you don't know which item it is and are just trying to select the option that you have a known value for, try this....

var select = document.getElementById('selectStyle');
for ( var i = 0; i < select.options.length; i++) {
      if ( select.options[i].value == value) {
            select.selectedIndex = i;

Author Comment

ID: 18885525
I'm trying to change the item that is selected (visually)
My code actually works for IE, and I tried your last function (see below) and it works in IE as well.
However, in Mozilla Firefox, neither one works and the alert won't even fire.

sampleImg.Attributes.Add("onClick", "setStyle(" + coverTypeRPOV.RetailerProductOptionValueID.ID + ");");

function setStyle(value){
var select = document.getElementById('selectStyle');
for ( var i = 0; i < select.options.length; i++) {
if ( select.options[i].value == value) {
select.selectedIndex = i;

Author Comment

ID: 18885949
I must have been doing something wrong, because after much disecting, I managed to get your code to work in Mozilla, such that it changes the dropdownlist value

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