.NET ASP C# how do you set dropdown default in pageload?

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I have a 3.5 dot net C# web application with a drop down that is currently loaded from the database. However now I need to set the dropdown default to --- when the web page first appears. Can some one show me the code how this can be done in the page load function such that "--- " appears in the dropdown list when the first time page appears!
tcmmaxtAsked:
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asutoriusCommented:
Dropdownlist1.Items.Add("0",new ListItem(0,"---"));
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richard_hughesCommented:
Hello tcmmaxt

After the dropdown has been populated, try this:

Thanks,

Richard Hughes
myDropDown.Items.Insert(0, new ListItem("---", "0"));

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vijayanandgawleCommented:
ddlRouteGroup.Items.Add(new ListItem("No Route Groups", ""));

 ddlFamily.Items.Insert(0, new ListItem("No Addresses Found", "-1"));

while in inser we can give postion to insert that value.

All other cases covered in below links
Ref:http://peterkellner.net/2007/10/17/dropdownlistdefaultsetting/
http://forums.asp.net/p/1122833/1758287.aspx

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princeatapiCommented:
very important thing is you must add the code inside the

 if (!Page.IsPostBack)
 {
      // After binding your ddlist  from db
     // Code to insert your default list item at 0th position
}
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