ListBox.SelectedItem Property


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Gets or sets the currently selected item in the ListBox.

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

public object SelectedItem { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Object

An object that represents the current selection in the control.

For a standard ListBox, you can use this property to determine which item is selected in the ListBox. If the SelectionMode property of the ListBox is set to either SelectionMode.MultiSimple or SelectionMode.MultiExtended (which indicates a multiple-selection ListBox) and multiple items are selected in the list, this property can return any selected item.

To retrieve a collection containing all selected items in a multiple-selection ListBox, use the SelectedItems property. If you want to obtain the index position of the currently selected item in the ListBox, use the SelectedIndex property. In addition, you can use the SelectedIndices property to obtain all the selected indexes in a multiple-selection ListBox.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the SelectedIndexChanged event to search for and select an item in a different ListBox control. The example uses the SelectedIndexChanged event to determine when the selected item in the ListBox is changed. The example code then reads the text of the item using the SelectedItem property and calls the FindString method on a different ListBox using the text returned by SelectedItem in the first ListBox. If an item is found in the other ListBox, the item is selected. This example requires that two ListBox controls, named listBox1 and listBox2, have been added to a form and that both ListBox controls contain items that are identical. The example also requires that the event-handling method defined in the example is connected to the SelectedIndexChanged event of listBox1.

private void listBox1_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
   // Get the currently selected item in the ListBox.
   string curItem = listBox1.SelectedItem.ToString();

   // Find the string in ListBox2.
   int index = listBox2.FindString(curItem);
   // If the item was not found in ListBox 2 display a message box, otherwise select it in ListBox2.
   if(index == -1)
      MessageBox.Show("Item is not available in ListBox2");

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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