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ComboBox showing blank at first

ComboBox showing blank at first

ComboBox showing blank at first

(OP)
Hello colleagues!

I have a ComboBox with this code in the Init procedure:

CODE -->

WITH THIS
   .AddItem("")
   .AddItem("Yes")
   .AddItem("No")
   .ListIndex=1
ENDWITH 

This is because I do not want a pre displaying Yes or No when form opens.

Do I need to include AddItem("") or is there a way to show no option until the user clicks on the down arrow of the ComboBox?

Thank you,
SitesMasstec

RE: ComboBox showing blank at first

(OP)
I put:

CODE -->

this.ListIndex=0
 this.Style= 2        && Dropdown List 

and it worked as I needed. But is this a good practice?

Thank you,
SitesMasstec

RE: ComboBox showing blank at first

Yes, because you can set ListIndex to 0.

I'd also recommend to set the Style to 2, Dropdownn list, because otherwise users cannot only pick from the two options Yes/No, but also enter any other text.
Notice, users can still also turn the value back to empty when the use CTRL+0.

The best control for giving a Yes/No decison is a checkbox, not a combobox. And an optiongroup also allows to switch between two or more options easier than a combobox allows. A checkbox allows you to start with .NULL. or -1 for undecided and once a user checks or unchecks the checkbox, he toggles between the checked and unchecked state, either .t. and .f., or 0 and 1, depending on whether you initially set it to .null. or -1. Again, just like with the combobox, CTRL+0 puts the checkbox back into the undecided state. To disallow that you could once mute this hotkey by doing this in main.prgt, for example:

CODE

On Key Label CTRL+0 * 
The * means you instruct the key to execute a comment aka nothing. So you override the default behavior of resetting controls to the .null. state.

It's not a well known feature as this key combination CTRL+0 isn't Windows standard, it's specific to VFP applications. And it's not a bad idea to define this, also in case you'd like to allow users to get back to the undecided state of a combobox or checkbox. Because null values are most often unexpected and not handled by code, so they could lead to errors. If you want to allow to reset cehckboxes or comboboxes to their initial state you have the ResetToDefault() method and you could put a reset command button on forms to allow that, but in a manner you control which controls are reset to what values.

Chriss

RE: ComboBox showing blank at first

Ha ha, that crossed over with my post.

Yes, it is good practice, it's also the first thing I recommended. Maybe take a loook into my further recommendations, too.

Chriss

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