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Can't set the selected option for dropdown using JQuery

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I have a web form that contains a textbox and a dropdown list.  The dropdown list is disabled unless there is a value in the textbox when the page loads.  This is done in the code behind.  Once the page is loaded, I use JQuery to enable and disable the textbox based on whether there is data in the textbox.  I have that working fine.  

What I need to do is reset the selected option to the first option in the list which is my Choose prompt with a value of "".  I can't seem to get the JQuery correct.  Here is the dropdown definition:

                        <asp:DropDownList ID="ddPromotionReason" runat="server"
                            AppendDataBoundItems="True" CausesValidation="True" ClientIDMode="Static" Enabled="False">
                                <asp:ListItem Value="">-- Choose Promotion Reason --</asp:ListItem>
                        </asp:DropDownList>

Here is the JQuery:

                    // Disable Promotion Reason DropDown if Promotion Date removed
                    $('#ddPromotionReason').attr("disabled", true);
                    // Remove option selected
                    $("#ddPromotionReason option[value='\"\"']").attr("selected", "selected");

Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Question by:dyarosh
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by:leakim971
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Use : $("#ddPromotionReason").val("");

Test page : http://jsfiddle.net/GPVQJ/
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Chris Stanyon earned 500 total points
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Here you go:

$('#ddPromotionReason option:first-child').attr("selected", "selected");

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by:leakim971
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work too : $("#ddPromotionReason option:first").attr("selected", "selected");
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by:dyarosh
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Thank you!!
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by:leakim971
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From the main site : http://api.jquery.com/val/

Locate this section :
Example: Set a single select, a multiple select, checkboxes and a radio button .

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by:Chris Stanyon
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@leakim971 - Using val() is fine if you know the value you want to select, but not if you just want the first option selecting...
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I believe he knowwhich value he want reading its try :
$("#ddPromotionReason option[value='\"\"']")

anyway, you got it, congrats, see you ;-)
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What I need to do is reset the selected option to the first option in the list...
More than one way to skin a cat ;)
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