.NET Framework 1.1 has a wide variety of visual components available for Windows Forms applications. Anyhow there is no ComboBox component with the possibility of look-up data defined in the
Items property (or bound
DataSource) of ComboBox. This article describes a look-up ComboBox with the ability to find an appropriate item in ComboBox items.
The main good feature of the
ComboBox is that the
ComboBox has a property
AllowTypeAllSymbols. If the property is
true you can type any symbols in the
ComboBox textbox. The items will be selected according to the first correctly entered symbol. For example, if the
ComboBox holds "Item 1", "Item 2", "Test 1", "Test 2", "Combo", "Box" and if you enter "it", Item 1 will be selected. Again, if you enter "itm", "Item 1" will be selected. This way you can continue to enter any amount of symbols.
false, you will be able to enter only those symbols, that are defined in the string of
Items (or bound
DateSource) property. For this example you will be able to enter only i, t, c, b as a first symbol. If you enter "i" as a first symbol - "Item 1" will be automatically selected, the second symbol can only be "t", you will not be able to enter any other symbol. "Item 2" will be selected only if you type the whole string "Item 2". The demo application shows this functionality.
Using the code
You can just add lookupcombobbox.dll to your project and use it for any Windows Forms application.