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DataList.SelectedItemStyle Property

Gets the style properties for the selected item in the DataList control.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

<PersistenceModeAttribute(PersistenceMode.InnerProperty)> _
Public Overridable ReadOnly Property SelectedItemStyle As TableItemStyle

Property Value

Type: System.Web.UI.WebControls.TableItemStyle
A TableItemStyle object that contains the style properties for the selected item in the DataList control. The default value is an empty TableItemStyle object.

Use this property to provide a custom style for the selected item in the DataList control. Common style attributes that can be adjusted include foreground color, background color, font, and content alignment within the cell. Providing a different style enhances the appearance of the DataList control.

Item style properties in the DataList control are inherited from one item style property to another through a hierarchy. Item style properties set lower in the hierarchy are inherited by item style properties higher in the hierarchy. For example, if you specify a red font for the ItemStyle property, all other item style properties in the DataList control will also have a red font. This allows you to provide a common appearance for the control by setting a single item style property. You can override the inherited style settings for an item style property that is higher in the hierarchy by setting its style properties. For example, you can specify a blue font for the AlternatingItemStyle property, overriding the red font specified in the ItemStyle property. The following table lists the hierarchy order from highest to lowest.


Style Property











To specify a custom style for the selected item, place the <SelectedItemStyle> tags between the opening and closing tags of the DataList control. You can then list the style attributes within the opening <SelectedItemStyle> tag.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the SelectedItemStyle property to specify a custom background color for the selected item in the DataList control.


The following code sample uses the single-file code model and may not work correctly if copied directly into a code-behind file. This code sample must be copied into an empty text file that has an .aspx extension. For more information on the Web Forms code model, see ASP.NET Web Forms Page Code Model.

<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="True" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Data" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
    <title>DataList Select Example</title>
<script runat="server">

      Function CreateDataSource() As ICollection 

         ' Create sample data for the DataList control.
         Dim dt As DataTable = New DataTable()
         Dim dr As DataRow

         ' Define the columns of the table.
         dt.Columns.Add(New DataColumn("Item", GetType(Int32)))
         dt.Columns.Add(New DataColumn("Qty", GetType(Int32)))
         dt.Columns.Add(New DataColumn("Price", GetType(Double)))

         ' Populate the table with sample values.
         Dim i As Integer

         For i = 0 To 8 

            dr = dt.NewRow()

            dr(0) = i
            dr(1) = i * 2
            dr(2) = 1.23 * (i + 1)


         Next i

         Dim dv As DataView = New DataView(dt)
         Return dv

      End Function

      Sub Page_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) 

         ' Load sample data only once, when the page is first loaded.
         If Not IsPostBack Then 

            ItemsList.DataSource = CreateDataSource()

         End If

      End Sub

      Sub Item_Command(sender As Object, e As DataListCommandEventArgs) 

         ' Set the SelectedIndex property to select an item in the DataList.
         ItemsList.SelectedIndex = e.Item.ItemIndex

         ' Rebind the data source to the DataList to refresh the control.
         ItemsList.DataSource = CreateDataSource()

      End Sub



   <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>DataList Select Example</h3>

      Click <b>Select</b> to select an item.

      <br /><br />

      <asp:DataList id="ItemsList"

         <HeaderStyle BackColor="#aaaadd">

         <AlternatingItemStyle BackColor="Gainsboro">

         <SelectedItemStyle BackColor="Yellow">





            <asp:LinkButton id="SelectButton" 

            Item <%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "Item") %>



            <asp:Label id="ItemLabel" 
                 Text='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "Item") %>' 

            <br />

            <asp:Label id="QtyLabel" 
                 Text='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "Qty") %>' 

            <br />

            <asp:Label id="PriceLabel" 
                 Text='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "Price", "{0:c}") %>' 





.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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