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ComboBoxStyle Enumeration

Specifies the ComboBox style.

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

public enum ComboBoxStyle

Member nameDescription
DropDownSpecifies that the list is displayed by clicking the down arrow and that the text portion is editable. This means that the user can enter a new value and is not limited to selecting an existing value in the list. When using this setting, the Append value of AutoCompleteMode works the same as the SuggestAppend value. This is the default style.
DropDownListSpecifies that the list is displayed by clicking the down arrow and that the text portion is not editable. This means that the user cannot enter a new value. Only values already in the list can be selected. The list displays only if AutoCompleteMode is Suggest or SuggestAppend.
SimpleSpecifies that the list is always visible and that the text portion is editable. This means that the user can enter a new value and is not limited to selecting an existing value in the list.

The DropDownStyle property specifies whether the list is always displayed or whether the list is displayed in a drop-down. The DropDownStyle property also specifies whether the text portion can be edited.

The following code example demonstrates how to initialize a ComboBox control by setting the ComboBox.DropDownStyle property to a ComboBoxStyle value.

	// Declare comboBox1 as a ComboBox. 
	internal System.Windows.Forms.ComboBox ComboBox1;

	// This method initializes the combo box, adding a large string array 
	// but limiting the drop-down size to six rows so the combo box doesn't  
	// cover other controls when it expands. 
	private void InitializeComboBox()
	{
		this.ComboBox1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ComboBox();
		string[] employees = new string[]{"Hamilton, David", "Hensien, Kari",
				"Hammond, Maria", "Harris, Keith", "Henshaw, Jeff D.", 
				"Hanson, Mark", "Harnpadoungsataya, Sariya", 
				"Harrington, Mark", "Harris, Keith", "Hartwig, Doris", 
				"Harui, Roger", "Hassall, Mark", "Hasselberg, Jonas", 
				"Harnpadoungsataya, Sariya", "Henshaw, Jeff D.", 
				"Henshaw, Jeff D.", "Hensien, Kari", "Harris, Keith", 
				"Henshaw, Jeff D.", "Hensien, Kari", "Hasselberg, Jonas",
				"Harrington, Mark", "Hedlund, Magnus", "Hay, Jeff", 
				"Heidepriem, Brandon D."};

		ComboBox1.Items.AddRange(employees);
		this.ComboBox1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(136, 32);
        this.ComboBox1.IntegralHeight = false;
        this.ComboBox1.MaxDropDownItems = 5;
		this.ComboBox1.DropDownStyle = ComboBoxStyle.DropDownList;
		this.ComboBox1.Name = "ComboBox1";
		this.ComboBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(136, 81);
		this.ComboBox1.TabIndex = 0;
		this.Controls.Add(this.ComboBox1);
		
		// Associate the event-handling method with the  
		// SelectedIndexChanged event. 
		this.ComboBox1.SelectedIndexChanged += 
			new System.EventHandler(ComboBox1_SelectedIndexChanged);
	}

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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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