ASP.NET - find the index of an item in a dropdownlist given the items value

Posted on 2008-06-12
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Last Modified: 2013-11-26
I have a drop-down list on my page that I'm trying to have set to a specific index when the page loads.  The value of one of the items in the drop-down list is being passed into the page.  I'm trying to locate the item in the drop-down list that has that value and set the drop-down list's selected index to be the item that has the value that was passed in.
Question by:josephdaviskcrm
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Dustin Hopkins earned 2000 total points
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you could put something like this in the pageload.
note: value represents the value passed to the page

Dim value As String = "three"
        DropDownList1.SelectedValue = value

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ID: 21772197
Wow... thats crazy... It works.  I thought that DropDownList1.SelectedValue was a read only value.  I already had it figured out using:
ddlSelectLevel.SelectedIndex = ddlSelectLevel.Items.IndexOf(ddlSelectLevel.Items.FindByValue(Request("WHEREID")))
but using:
ddlSelectLevel.SelectedValue = Request("WHEREID")
is obviously a lot easier.


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