Trying to set the selected item in a dropdown list programmatically
I'm trying to set the selected item in a dropdown list programmatically,
the dropdown list is bound to a dataset. However, the selectedIndex is read
only. Is there any other way of doing this, if I did a find on the bound
dataset would this synch the dropdown list? Any help would be appreciated.
Re: Trying to set the selected item in a dropdown list programmatically
This can be a little tricky depending on where your dropdownlist is located.
If it's in a datalist or datagrid's edititem template then it can be hard
to code, something like the will work. My dropdownlist has an id of "ddlCardType"
Private Sub datalist1_ItemDataBound(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.DataListItemEventArgs)
If e.Item.ItemType = ListItemType.EditItem Then
Dim drv As DataRowView = CType(e.Item.DataItem, DataRowView)
Dim strType As String = CType(drv("Credit_CardType"), String)
Dim ddlControl As DropDownList
ddlControl = CType(e.Item.FindControl("ddlCardType"), DropDownList)
ddlControl.SelectedIndex = ddlControl.Items.IndexOf(ddlControl.Items.FindByText(strType))
If you simply have a dropdownlist on a form, something like the following
would work. lstTitle in the id of the dropdownlist.
nodeXML = xDoc.SelectSingleNode(strXMLrootpath & "Title") 'Get
the value from an XMLDocument
Dim t As Integer
For t = 0 To (lstTitle.Items.Count - 1)
If lstTitle.Items(t).Value.Equals(nodeXML.InnerText) Then
lstTitle.SelectedIndex = t
This is probably the simplest way to handle this, but there are problems
using this inside the datalist, datagrid, etc. The previous code will handle
that for you.
"Rodney Hall" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>I'm trying to set the selected item in a dropdown list programmatically,
>the dropdown list is bound to a dataset. However, the selectedIndex is
>only. Is there any other way of doing this, if I did a find on the bound
>dataset would this synch the dropdown list? Any help would be appreciated.
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