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Bind combobox in wpf

Posted By:Syed Shakeer Hussain       Posted Date: January 14, 2011    Points: 75    Category: WPF    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

The below article shows you how to Bind data Dynamically from the DataBase and Get the ComboBox Selected 'Text' and 'Value.

Creating a ComboBox Control in .xml:

<Window x:Class="WpfComboBox.MainWindow"



Title="MainWindow" Height="350" Width="525">

<Grid Background="OldLace">

<StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal" Width="390" Height="24" Background="Beige" >

<Label Content="Select Zone:" Height=" 22" HorizontalAlignment="Right"/>

<ComboBox  Name="ComboBoxZone" Width="120" Height="22" ItemsSource="{Binding}"/>


<Button Margin=" 26,0" Name="btnZone"  Content="Show"  Width="70" Height="20" Click="btnZone_Click" />





In ComboBox Element set the attribute ItemSource="{Binding}"

Get Data from a DataBase table and Binding to ComboBox as follows:

using System.Data;

using System.Data.SqlClient;

namespace WpfComboBox


public partial class MainWindow : Window


public MainWindow()





public void BindComboBox(ComboBox comboBoxName)


SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection("your connection string");

SqlDataAdapter da = new SqlDataAdapter("Select ZoneId,ZoneName FROM tblZones", conn);

DataSet ds = new DataSet();

da.Fill(ds, "tblZones");

comboBoxName.ItemsSource = ds.Tables[0].DefaultView;

comboBoxName.DisplayMemberPath = ds.Tables[0].Columns["ZoneName"].ToString();

comboBoxName.SelectedValuePath = ds.Tables[0].Columns["ZoneId"].ToString();



Here 1)DisplayMemberPath helps you for displaying Text in ComboBox.

     2)SelectedValuePath helps you for storing values like hidden field.

When you Run the Program the Output with ComboBox Items as Follows:

Get the Text and Value of Selected ComboBox Item:-

private void btnZone_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)


MessageBox.Show("Selected ZoneName="+ComboBoxZone.Text +" and ZoneId=" + ComboBoxZone.SelectedValue.ToString());


Here 1)Text Property helps you to get the displaying selected Item.

      2)SelectedValue Property helps you to get the hidden value of combobox selected Item.

Thanks for Reading my article!


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