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ListControl.SelectedValue Property

Gets the value of the selected item in the list control, or selects the item in the list control that contains the specified value.

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

[BindableAttribute(true, BindingDirection.TwoWay)] 
public virtual string SelectedValue { get; set; }
/** @property */
public String get_SelectedValue ()

/** @property */
public void set_SelectedValue (String value)

public function get SelectedValue () : String

public function set SelectedValue (value : String)

Not applicable.

Property Value

The value of the selected item in the list control. The default is an empty string ("").

Exception typeCondition


The selected value is not in the list of avaliable values.

This property returns the Value property of the selected ListItem. The SelectedValue property is commonly used to determine the value of the selected item in the list control. If multiple items are selected, the value of the selected item with the lowest index is returned. If no item is selected, an empty string ("") is returned.

The SelectedValue property can also be used to select an item in the list control by setting it with the value of the item. If no items in the list control contain the specified value, a System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException is thrown.

This property cannot be set by themes or style sheet themes. For more information, see ThemeableAttribute and Introduction to ASP.NET Themes.

The following example demonstrates how to use the SelectedValue property to select an item in a ListBox control. Notice that this property can also be used to retrieve the value of the selected item.

Security noteSecurity Note:

This example has a text box that accepts user input, which is a potential security threat. By default, ASP.NET Web pages validate that user input does not include script or HTML elements. For more information, see Script Exploits Overview (Visual Studio).

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="True" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" > 

<head runat="server">
    <title> ListControl SelectedValue Example </title>
<script runat="server">

      void Button_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)

         // Perform this operation in a try-catch block in case the item is not found.
            List.SelectedValue = ItemTextBox.Text;
            MessageLabel.Text = "You selected " + List.SelectedValue + ".";
         catch (Exception ex)
            List.SelectedValue = null;
            MessageLabel.Text = "Item not found in ListBox control.";




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

      <h3> ListControl SelectedValue Example </h3>
      <asp:ListBox ID="List"

         <asp:ListItem>Item 1</asp:ListItem>
         <asp:ListItem>Item 2</asp:ListItem>
         <asp:ListItem>Item 3</asp:ListItem>
         <asp:ListItem>Item 4</asp:ListItem>


      <hr />

      Enter the value of the item to select: <br />
      <asp:TextBox ID="ItemTextBox"
           Text="Item 1"


      <asp:Button ID="SelectButton"
           Text="Select Item"

      <br /><br />

      <asp:Label ID="MessageLabel"



Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

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