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ComboBox.DataSource Property

Gets or sets the data source for this ComboBox.

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

public Object DataSource { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Object
An object that implements the IList interface, such as a DataSet or an Array. The default is null.

A data source can be a database, a Web service, or an object that can later be used to generate data-bound controls. When the DataSource property is set, the items collection cannot be modified.

The following example uses the DataSource property to display an array of weekdays in a ComboBox.


using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace ComboBox_DataSource_Sample
{
    public partial class Form1 : Form
    {
        public Form1()
        {
            // Initialize an array with data to bind to the combo box.
            var daysOfWeek =
                new[] { "Monday", "Tuesday", "Wednesday", 
                        "Thursday", "Friday", "Saturday", 
                        "Sunday" };

            // Initialize combo box
            var comboBox = new ComboBox
                                {
                                    DataSource = daysOfWeek,
                                    Location = new System.Drawing.Point(12, 12),
                                    Name = "comboBox",
                                    Size = new System.Drawing.Size(166, 21),
                                    DropDownStyle = ComboBoxStyle.DropDownList
                                };

            // Add the combo box to the form.
            this.Controls.Add(comboBox);
        }
    }
}


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.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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