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I have a drop down list that is populated by a sql query. I either need to be able to add a blank value to the drop down list or be able to disable it so that its value isn't sent to my search procedure. When I select a certain radio button, I set this particular drop down list to enable = False in my VB.net code. This does not allow the user to click on the dropdown but the value that it is sitting on (in this case 100), still gets sent to my procedure. I would like to add a blank value (so it is blank, 100, 200, etc and the blank is the one currently in view). If I can't do that, is it possible to set the value to blank/nothing in the VB code?

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If there is no way to do this... should i just add a text box to move the value to?

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In code, after you have pouplated the list with data from sql, do this:

dropdownlist.Items.Insert(0, "");
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I tried this command in the page load Sub in my VB.net code but it didn't work. My code is:

    Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load

        Me.dlPatrolArea.Items.Insert(0, "")
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I tried (1,"") but got a error saying that the value must be a non-negative and not be greater than the index. How can I set the index in Visual Studio 2005? Is it the Z-index?

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First, when talking about web design, the Z-Index is a positing element used in CSS and has nothing to do with the values in your dropdown.

Secondly, the reason you got an error when you tried to place an item at index 1 is because if you don't have a value at index 0 hence index 1 can't exist.

Lastly, call your Insert AFTER you have databound the control to its datasource. This code below works as it is expected (C#)

    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        if (!Page.IsPostBack)
        {
            this.drp.Items.Insert(0, "");
            this.drp.Items.Insert(1, "foo");
        }
    }

My ddl, when rendered, has a blank entry and then the element foo.

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hi there.. sorry Doug i have another idea: use a SQL with an Union.. something like

Code:
SELECT     ''
UNION
SELECT     yoursfields
FROM         yourtable
or
Code:
SELECT     0, ''
UNION
SELECT     *
FROM         yourtable
(if you have a numeric field and a string one...

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