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Ching-Yen asked on 24 Apr 2008, 04:32 PM
May I know how can I change the combo box text color, example
the combobox having a list like below

When that item is selected, the forecolor show on the combo box is the text color.

below are some of my code...

6:          For i As Integer = 0 To _Color.Items.Count - 1
7:              Dim item As New Telerik.WinControls.UI.RadComboBoxItem()
8:              Dim fillElement As Telerik.WinControls.Primitives.FillPrimitive = DirectCast(item.Children(0), Telerik.WinControls.Primitives.FillPrimitive)
9:              fillElement.BackColor = _Color.Item(i).CoverColor
10:             fillElement.BackColor2 = _Color.Item(i).CoverColor
11:             fillElement.BackColor3 = _Color.Item(i).CoverColor
12:             fillElement.BackColor4 = _Color.Item(i).CoverColor
                item.ForeColor = _Color.Item(i).FontColor
13:             item.Text = _Color.Item(i).Name
14:             item.Value = _Color.Item(i).Index
15:             _cboCTRL.Items.Add(item)
16:         Next

    Private Sub _ComboColor_SelectedValueChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles _cboCoverColor.SelectedValueChanged

1:      Dim item As RadComboBoxItem = DirectCast(_cboCoverColor.SelectedItem, RadComboBoxItem)
2:      If item Is Nothing Then
3:          Return
4:      End If

        _cboCoverColor.ForeColor = item.ForeColor
    End Sub

but seems like no luck... i only manage to change the drop down text to the color I would like it to be, but, not the text color while it's selected.

Please advice.

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Martin Vasilev
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answered on 25 Apr 2008, 11:47 AM
Hi Ching-Yen,

Thank you for the question.

RadComboBox supports flexible visual style settings and you could achieve your scenario. You should set the color properties on every single item, and then by using the SelectedIndexChanged event apply the same color to the selected text. Please review the code-block below as an example:
Public Partial Class Form1  
    Inherits Form  
    Public Sub New()  
    End Sub 
    Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As ObjectByVal e As EventArgs)  
        Dim itemRed As New RadComboBoxItem()  
        itemRed.ForeColor = Color.Red  
        itemRed.Text = "Red" 
        Dim itemBlue As New RadComboBoxItem()  
        itemBlue.ForeColor = Color.Blue  
        itemBlue.Text = "Blue" 
        Dim itemGreen As New RadComboBoxItem()  
        itemGreen.ForeColor = Color.Green  
        itemGreen.Text = "Green" 
        Dim itemWhite As New RadComboBoxItem()  
        itemWhite.ForeColor = Color.White  
        (DirectCast(itemWhite.Children(0), FillPrimitive)).BackColor = Color.Black  
        (DirectCast(itemWhite.Children(0), FillPrimitive)).GradientStyle = Telerik.WinControls.GradientStyles.Solid  
        itemWhite.Text = "White" 
        Dim itemBlack As New RadComboBoxItem()  
        itemBlack.ForeColor = Color.Black  
        itemBlack.Text = "Black" 
        Me.radComboBox1.Items.AddRange(itemRed, itemBlue, itemGreen, itemWhite, itemBlack)  
        Me.radComboBox1.NullText = "select the color..." 
        Me.radComboBox1.DropDownStyle = Telerik.WinControls.RadDropDownStyle.DropDownList  
    End Sub 
    Private Sub radComboBox1_DropDownClosed(ByVal sender As ObjectByVal args As RadPopupClosedEventArgs)  
        Me.radComboBox1.SelectionLength = 0  
    End Sub 
    Private Sub radComboBox1_SelectedIndexChanged(ByVal sender As ObjectByVal e As EventArgs)  
        (DirectCast(Me.radComboBox1.RootElement.Children(0).Children(2).Children(0).Children(0), RadTextBoxItem)).ForeColor = (DirectCast(Me.radComboBox1.SelectedItem, RadComboBoxItem)).ForeColor  
        (DirectCast(Me.radComboBox1.RootElement.Children(0).Children(2).Children(0).Children(0), RadTextBoxItem)).BackColor = (DirectCast((DirectCast(Me.radComboBox1.SelectedItem, RadComboBoxItem)).Children(0), FillPrimitive)).BackColor  
    End Sub 
End Class 

I hope this helps. If you need additional assistance, do not hesitate to contact me again.

Martin Vasilev
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