VB.net ComboBox - DropDownList

Posted on 2013-06-05
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Last Modified: 2013-06-05

I have a ComboBox on my windows form where I use the following code to change the text
          Me.CategoryType1_ComboBox.SelectedText = oResult

I have just changed the DropDownStyle to "DropDownList " and that code doesn't work
Question by:Murray Brown
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Expert Comment

ID: 39222306
DropDownList changes the combobox to be readonly so user cannot change/edit the text of the combobox items.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39222309
if you wish to edit the combox text, the property to use is ".text", not selectedtext, selectedtext is readonly.

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by:Murray Brown
ID: 39222345
Thanks Sedgwick. Does that mean that I cannot assign a selected item. How would I get around this? Maybe my code should change the DropDownStyle to DropDown, then assign a value then change it back to DropDownList.
Or is this not going to work? Can a selection only be done manually
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Expert Comment

ID: 39222398
You can't. Once it is dropdownlist, you can't change the text. Usually this property is used when the programmer needs to limit the possible values in this dropdown, there shouldn't be any value out of the selection list.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39222409
thats not entirely correct.

To assign selected item u can either use .SelectedIndex property or use .Text.
when u use ,Text only tsring that is one of the items in the comboxbo is allowed.
any other string u set would not be displayed.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39222412
Since you are going to programmatically changing the text, you might want to consider adding an invisible textbox at the same location of the combobox. So when you need to change you change the text in the textbox and make the combobox invisible.

Hope I don't need to guide you which value to use in both situations.
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sedgwick earned 1000 total points
ID: 39222426

To sum up, to set the text in DropDownList mode, you can use .Text property only.
make sure the text u assign is one of the combobox items, otherwise, blank item will be displayed.
an alternative is to use .SelectedIndex property, which requires u to know the text index in the comboxbox.
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Assisted Solution

adriankohws earned 1000 total points
ID: 39222565
Yes, sedgwick is right. Maybe can also try before you change the text, you add that text value into the combobox list of selection, then changing to it shouldn't be a problem.

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by:Murray Brown
ID: 39224635
Thank you both for the help

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