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here's part of my sql

,Stock.VIN + ' ' + Customers.LastName + ' ' + Customers.FirstName + ' ' + Customers.MiddleInitial AS DisplayField

? - If there any way to bold the stock.VIN  portion of the DISPLAYFIELD field in the dropdown combobox
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by:Daniel Wilson
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Font issues are determined by whatever system does the display.  How are you displaying your results?

If it's in HTML, for example, embedding some tags would be pretty simple.
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by:MBHEY131
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How are you displaying your results?

In a regular old dropdown combobox on a regular old windows form

I'm very new to vs2012.
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by:Daniel Wilson
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Hmmm ... best guess would be an RTF tag.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Text_Format

,'{/b ' + Stock.VIN + '} ' + Customers.LastName + ' ' + Customers.FirstName + ' ' + Customers.MiddleInitial AS DisplayField

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by:MBHEY131
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I get an error that it's not a RTF doc.
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here's part of my sql

 ,Stock.VIN + ' -  ' + Customers.LastName + ' ' + Customers.FirstName + ' ' + Customers.MiddleInitial AS DisplayField

 ? - If there any way to bold the stock.VIN  portion of the DISPLAYFIELD field in the dropdown combobox

Can anyone tell me how to embolden, bold, enlighten etc. the 1 field of the dropdown only to make it a easier to see
in code or at development?

I have added the ' - ' and it helps but I would like a little more of a distinguishing characteristic.
I know I can embolden the whole DROPDOWN in the properties but that does not do much good.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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none of your partial sql is an sql query.  You do the query and have the results returned as an array
how you display the output is up to you
output = + Stock.VIN + ' -  ' + Customers.LastName + ' ' + Customers.FirstName + ' ' + Customers.MiddleInitial
doc.write(output)
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In a Windows Form ComboBox, there is no way to set the format of a portion of the text. The Font property can apply only to the whole list.

The only possible way to do that would be to use a custom ComboBox in which you draw the text yourself, not something for somebody who is new to .NET. You might be able to find a custom control that already has that feature, either commercially or through a search on the web.

This is the same for any Windows Form control, except the RichTextBox, that has been created specifically for that purpose.

The same would hold for VB6 if this is what you mean by "regular old dropdown".
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Microsoft provides code for a multicolumn combobox which draws each column separately, with a separate font parameter per column, using the .DrawItem event handler. It should be relatively simple to change the font (to bold, or even to a different font style) on one of the columns: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982498/en-us

However, to use their code you'll probably have to load your data into another table, which you can pass to the combobox as its data source. Or you need another way to both send the data and indicate where the font should change (perhaps a flag character that would never be in actual data).
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by:MBHEY131
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I really don't understand this and will keep my combobox like it it UNLESS my users really complain some more than they are now, I appreciate the input but it seems like the change will be more work than worth.

I thought it was a minor line of code to adjust the font on just 1 column.
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You can. But since there is only 1 column on the standard ComboBox... :-)
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