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, 17 Nov 2002
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Displaying Multiple Columns in a Dropdown Combobox


This is a simple example of how to display table values (i.e. multiple columns) in a combo box. For the dropdown window, a form with a ListView docked to fill can be used. The MultiColumnCombobox class is inherited from the System.Windows.Forms.Combobox class.

protected override void OnDropDown(System.EventArgs e){
    Form parent = this.FindForm();
    if(this.dataTable != null || this.dataRows!= null){
        MultiColumnComboPopup popup = new 
                            ref this.selectedRow,columnsToDisplay);
                            new AfterRowSelectEventHandler
        popup.Location = new Point(parent.Left + 
                            this.Left + 4 ,parent.Top + 
                            this.Bottom + this.Height);

The OnDropDown event of the ComboBox is overridden to display our popup from. The popup form should never be a modal, because the popup has to close, if the user decides to click elsewhere other than the grid on the dropdown form. To check where the user has selected something, I use the popup.AfterRowSelectEvent, to fire an event on the MulticolumnComboBox. To use the MulticolumnComboBox do the following:

multiColumnComboBox1.Table = dtable;//DataTable
//Column to display after selection
multiColumnComboBox1.DisplayMember = "Band";
multiColumnComboBox1.ColumnsToDisplay = new 
    string[]{"Band","Song","Album"};//columns to display
//in the dropdown grid

After the DataTable is assigned to the combo, the dropdown looks like this:

After Selection, the DisplayMember of that row is displayed.

The SourceCode is pretty much self-explanatory, download it and try it out.


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Comments and Discussions

QuestionFor selected index changed/ row changed. Pinmemberjoshua89m24-Sep-14 4:45 
Questionhow to change so it positions with nested containers Pinmemberfriedmad29-Apr-14 5:46 
QuestionUnable to download files PinmemberWanda Russell8-Nov-13 5:20 
QuestionUnable to download the source code / Demo zip file [modified] PinmemberAbhijeet Shastry12-Jul-13 3:20 
QuestionCan you make this select the item on Single Click PinmemberManu Kuriachen26-Jun-13 20:38 
AnswerRe: Can you make this select the item on Single Click PinmemberManu Kuriachen26-Jun-13 20:56 
QuestionSelectedValue Pinmembercodeder0017-Jun-13 15:57 
QuestionWhy I can not download this file? Pinmember3784722807-Mar-13 20:35 
Suggestiondon't show the dropdown from the original combobox Pinmemberandre4710-Sep-12 18:25 
GeneralMy vote of 4 PinmemberPioneerInfo16-Feb-12 20:09 
QuestionMulticolumn combobox PinmemberH123ardie22-Aug-11 23:24 
GeneralMulticolumn Combobox PinmemberBryan Duchesne30-May-11 9:08 
QuestionMultiColumnComboBox1_SelectedIndexChanged is not worked Pinmemberluyogyi22-Apr-11 9:33 
GeneralSelectedValue Pinmemberfariborz sadighi13-Apr-11 22:25 
GeneralRe: SelectedValue PinmemberMember 35985518-May-12 1:33 
GeneralRe: SelectedValue Pinmembercodeder0017-Jun-13 10:45 
QuestionHow do I make this searcheable PinmemberBastaNL7-Apr-11 4:22 
QuestionMultiColumnComboBox1_SelectedIndexChanged and MultiColumnComboBox1_SelectedValueChanged not working Pinmemberkannan_k718-Mar-11 10:43 
AnswerRe: MultiColumnComboBox1_SelectedIndexChanged and MultiColumnComboBox1_SelectedValueChanged not working Pinmvpthatraja26-Jan-12 22:16 
GeneralHandling F4 key and position of drop down list Pinmemberkjhduyudmhmxc5-Mar-11 20:00 
GeneralGood job PinmemberRockingDownTheHighway1-Feb-11 16:04 
GeneralGeat job - and this is Multi combobox with C# code Pinmemberaccept Hung18-Sep-08 1:28 
GeneralCode for set or get value Pinmemberdelphixf10-Sep-08 0:00 
RantPopup causes main window to loose focus Pinmembertoidy27-May-08 23:50 
GeneralRe: Popup causes main window to loose focus Pinmemberguidol28-May-08 7:07 
GeneralCode for set or get value PinmemberJM ® - DE CASTRO29-Apr-08 15:38 
GeneralThanks PinmemberFernando Hitch14-Jul-07 6:17 
GeneralNice control & Smart job but might need Ajax feature incorporated. Pinmembermediaplayer27-Jun-07 9:50 
QuestionExtra Row and Column? Pinmembertobikage26-Jun-07 23:38 
QuestionCan u write this in Pinmembergurdeeptoor19-Apr-07 1:57 
AnswerRe: Can u write this in PinmemberBryan Duchesne30-May-11 9:09 
GeneralSorting by clicking on the header Pinmemberjoeblew8823-Nov-06 6:11 
GeneralRe: Sorting by clicking on the header Pinmemberniuzj12-Aug-08 15:24 
GeneralPopup & position to selected value PinmemberDhaest10-Oct-06 22:19 
GeneralGet the location of the popup right PinmemberAndersNorell4-May-06 4:39 
Questionhow insert Multi Column ComboBox in to DataGridView? Pinmemberaleksey_cherepanov15-Jan-06 23:10 
AnswerRe: how insert Multi Column ComboBox in to DataGridView? PinmemberTheCrow7516-Jan-06 10:00 
GeneralRe: how insert Multi Column ComboBox in to DataGridView? Pinmemberaleksey_cherepanov19-Apr-06 5:17 
NewsBug in Control with mdichild form PinmemberTheCrow7513-Jan-06 8:15 
GeneralRe: Bug in Control with mdichild form (simpler fix) Pinmemberbonghi25-May-07 4:25 
GeneralFlicker of Standard ComboBox dropdown still appears Pinmembernathan88819-Jun-05 19:46 
GeneralRe: Flicker of Standard ComboBox dropdown still appears Pinmembertjackman6-Oct-06 5:43 
GeneralRe: Flicker of Standard ComboBox dropdown still appears PinmemberNauja9-Oct-09 17:41 
Generaluse MultiColumnComboBox.ValueMember Pinsusskalaj20-Feb-05 13:06 
QuestionHow to get and set value ?? PinmemberInquire2you23-Sep-04 8:08 
Generalmulty column DropDownlist Pinmembersaeednaseh10-Aug-04 5:18 
GeneralRe: multy column DropDownlist PinsussKevin Cochran15-Sep-04 9:49 
GeneralFIX: selectedrow returns nothing PinmemberStefan7511-Jun-04 0:23 
QuestionRe: FIX: selectedrow returns nothing Pinmembermaniatisa27-Sep-06 3:46 
GeneralDropDrownList Style Pinmembercode300512-Apr-04 11:46 

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