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Visual Basic (Classic) FAQ


How To: Add a blank value to ComboBox item collection, when ComboBox is bound to a data source. by PankajBanga
Posted: 6 Jul 04

In VB6 you could set the initial value held in ComboBox control to -1 so that it is blank to begin with. But in .NET if when the DataSource property is set for a ComboBox, you cannot modify the item collection. You cannot set ComboBox1.Text = "" or use Add method to add a new item to the list.

So how would you add a blank value to the ComboBox item collection, when it is bound to a data source?

The DataSource property of ComboBox accepts an object that implements the IList interface, such as a DataSet. Although you cannot modify the item collection, you can actually add a blank data row in DataSet which is bound to ComboBox. The new blank row will be shown in the ComboBox.

This is how you can do it:

'Populate ComboBox.
ComboBox1.DataSource = myDS.Tables(0)
ComboBox1.ValueMember = "ColumnName"
ComboBox1.DisplayMember = "ColumnName"

'Add a blank row.
DR = myDS.Tables(0).NewRow
DR(1) = ""

'Initially show blank row in ComboBox.
ComboBox1.SelectedIndex = ComboBox1.FindStringExact("")

Happy Programming!!!

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