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How to display the items of WinForms ComboBox (ComboBoxAdv) with different colors?

Platform: WinForms |
Control: ComboBoxAdv

Background settings

ComboBoxAdv uses a ListBox internally and you can use ListBox_DrawItem event to draw the ListBox entries with different backgrounds.


void ListBox_DrawItem(object sender, DrawItemEventArgs e)
    e.Graphics.FillRectangle(new SolidBrush(Color.LightBlue), e.Bounds);
    // set particular item Text color
    e.Graphics.DrawString(text, e.Font, new SolidBrush(Color.Purple), e.Bounds);     



Private Sub ListBox_DrawItem(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As DrawItemEventArgs)
' set particular item backcolor
e.Graphics.FillRectangle(New SolidBrush(Color.LightBlue), e.Bounds)
' set particular item Text color
e.Graphics.DrawString(text, e.Font, New SolidBrush(Color.Purple), e.Bounds)


Sample: http://www.syncfusion.com/downloads/support/directtrac/204637/ze/ComboBox_items529015295

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Nathan Cole
Apr 30, 2018

File is missing

Vijayalakshmi Roopkumar [Syncfusion]
May 01, 2018

Hi Nathan

Sorry for an inconvenience caused.

We have attached the Correct Sample and modified the reported documentation with ComboBoxAdv.

Please try it and let us know if it is helpful.


Vijayalakshmi V.R.


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