ComboBox::Text Property


Gets or sets the text associated with this control.

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

property String^ Text {
	virtual String^ get() override;
	virtual void set(String^ value) override;

Property Value

Type: System::String^

The text associated with this control.

Setting the Text property to null or an empty string ("") sets the SelectedIndex to -1. Setting the Text property to a value that is in the Items collection sets the SelectedIndex to the index of that item. Setting the Text property to a value that is not in the collection leaves the SelectedIndex unchanged.

The following code example demonstrates how to initialize a ComboBox control by setting the Text property and using the AddRange method to populate the ComboBox. It also demonstrates handling the DropDown event. To run the example, paste the following code in a form and call the InitializeComboBox method in the form's constructor or Load event.

   // Declare ComboBox1
   System::Windows::Forms::ComboBox^ ComboBox1;

   // Initialize ComboBox1.
   void InitializeComboBox()
      this->ComboBox1 = gcnew ComboBox;
      this->ComboBox1->Location = System::Drawing::Point( 128, 48 );
      this->ComboBox1->Name = "ComboBox1";
      this->ComboBox1->Size = System::Drawing::Size( 100, 21 );
      this->ComboBox1->TabIndex = 0;
      this->ComboBox1->Text = "Typical";
      array<String^>^ installs = {"Typical","Compact","Custom"};
      ComboBox1->Items->AddRange( installs );
      this->Controls->Add( this->ComboBox1 );

      // Hook up the event handler.
      this->ComboBox1->DropDown += gcnew System::EventHandler(
         this, &Form1::ComboBox1_DropDown );

   // Handles the ComboBox1 DropDown event. If the user expands the  
   // drop-down box, a message box will appear, recommending the
   // typical installation.
   void ComboBox1_DropDown( Object^ sender, System::EventArgs^ e )
      MessageBox::Show( "Typical installation is strongly recommended.",
         "Install information", MessageBoxButtons::OK,
         MessageBoxIcon::Information );

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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