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Form1 has two controls button and combo box
Button is added at design time and combo box at run time,Click event on the Button
refrencing the combo Box comes up with the Error (combo box does not exist in current context)
Form1.cs Content
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
namespace combotest1
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        public Form1()

        private void button1_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
            string selectedItem = comboBox1.Items[comboBox1.SelectedIndex].ToString();

Form Designer Content
private void InitializeComponent()

this.button1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
// button1
this.button1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(95, 101);
this.button1.Name = "button1";
this.button1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(75, 23);
this.button1.TabIndex = 0;
this.button1.Text = "button1";
this.button1.UseVisualStyleBackColor = true;
// Form1
this.AutoScaleDimensions = new System.Drawing.SizeF(6F, 13F);
this.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font;
this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(284, 262);
this.Name = "Form1";
this.Text = "Form1";

private void InitializeComboBox()
//this.ComboBox1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ComboBox();

System.Windows.Forms.ComboBox comboBox1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ComboBox();

comboBox1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(20, 60);

comboBox1.Name = "comboBox1";

comboBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(245, 25);

comboBox1.BackColor = System.Drawing.Color.Orange;

comboBox1.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;


comboBox1.DropDownHeight = 70;

comboBox1.DropDownWidth = 350;

comboBox1.Items.Add("Mahesh Chand");

comboBox1.Items.Add("Mike Gold");

comboBox1.Items.Add("Praveen Kumar");

comboBox1.Items.Add("Raj Beniwal");

private Button button1;

Posted 21-Jan-13 21:07pm

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Solution 1

Object combobox1 has a scope limited to your InitializeComboBox. And that's why you cannot use it in the handler.

Also, please call InitializeComboBox method after InitializeComponent method.
Sumit Lotankar 22-Jan-13 3:36am
How to change its scope so as it is available to the handler;
d@nish 22-Jan-13 5:35am
You can make it a class level variable.

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