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ComboBox.SelectedIndex Property

Gets or sets the index specifying the currently selected item.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

'Declaration
<BrowsableAttribute(False)> _
Public Overrides Property SelectedIndex As Integer

Property Value

Type: System.Int32
A zero-based index of the currently selected item. A value of negative one (-1) is returned if no item is selected.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

The specified index is less than or equal to -2.

-or-

The specified index is greater than or equal to the number of items in the combo box.

This property indicates the zero-based index of the currently selected item in the combo box list. Setting a new index raises the SelectedIndexChanged event.

SelectedIndex, SelectedValue, and FormattingEnabled are related as follows:

NoteNote

To deselect the currently selected item, set the SelectedIndex to -1. You cannot set the SelectedIndex of a ComboBox item to -1 if the item is a data-bound item.

The following code example show how to use the FindString method and SelectedIndex property. The example is part of a complete example in the ComboBox class overview.


Private Sub findButton_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)
    Dim index As Integer
    index = comboBox1.FindString(textBox2.Text)
    comboBox1.SelectedIndex = index
End Sub


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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