A combo box can be useful when creating a form for users such as an on-line order form. The new GcComboBox cell in Spread for Windows Forms allows you to set different backcolors for each list item. The GcComboBox also has a resize icon that allows you to resize the drop-down list. Both the GcComboBox cell and the original Spread combo box cell allow you to add images to the drop-down list. The GcComboBox cell can display the image in the edit area with the TextBoxStyle property. The following example creates a simple form that displays a price when you select from a list of dessert flavors. gccombo GcComboBox Cell selected Selected Item Use the following steps to create this example:

  1. Add images to an image list.

     ImageList img = new ImageList();  
    img.Images.Add(Image.FromFile("C:\\\Program Files (x86)\\\GrapeCity\\\rasp.png"));  
    img.Images.Add(Image.FromFile("C:\\\Program Files (x86)\\\GrapeCity\\\vanilla.png"));  
    img.Images.Add(Image.FromFile("C:\\\Program Files (x86)\\\GrapeCity\\\choco.png"));  
    img.Images.Add(Image.FromFile("C:\\\Program Files (x86)\\\GrapeCity\\\banana.png"));
    
  2. Create the GcComboBox cell.

    GrapeCity.Win.Spread.InputMan.CellType.GcComboBoxCellType gccombo = new GrapeCity.Win.Spread.InputMan.CellType.GcComboBoxCellType(); 
    
  3. Set cell properties and add the list items.

    gccombo.DropDownStyle = ComboBoxStyle.DropDownList;  
    gccombo.Items.AddRange(new String[] { "Raspberry", "Vanilla", "Chocolate", "Banana" }); 
    
  4. Set colors and images for the list items. Assign the image list to the cell.

    gccombo.Items[0].BackColor = Color.Fuchsia;  
    gccombo.Items[1].BackColor = Color.Ivory;  
    gccombo.Items[2].BackColor = Color.Chocolate;  
    gccombo.Items[3].BackColor = Color.LightYellow;  
    gccombo.ImageList = img;  
    gccombo.Items[0].Image = 0;  
    gccombo.Items[1].Image = 1;  
    gccombo.Items[2].Image = 2;  
    gccombo.Items[3].Image = 3;  
    gccombo.ShowListBoxImage = true; 
    
  5. Set any cell formatting properties.

    gccombo.ImageAlign = HorizontalAlignment.Right;  
    gccombo.ListSelectedItemStyle.BackColor = Color.Bisque;  
    gccombo.ListSelectedItemStyle.ForeColor = Color.Black; 
    
  6. Assign the cell type to the cell location.

    fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[1, 1].CellType = gccombo; 
    
  7. Add the currency cell.

    FarPoint.Win.Spread.CellType.CurrencyCellType currencycell = new FarPoint.Win.Spread.CellType.CurrencyCellType();  
    fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[1, 2].CellType = currencycell; 
    
  8. Add text information and set the font and alignment.

    fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[0, 1].Text = "Select a flavor";  
    fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[0, 2].Text = "Total";  
    fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Columns[1, 2].Font = new Font("Calibri", 10, FontStyle.Bold);  
    fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Columns[1, 2].HorizontalAlignment = FarPoint.Win.Spread.CellHorizontalAlignment.Center;  
    fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Rows[1].VerticalAlignment = FarPoint.Win.Spread.CellVerticalAlignment.Center; 
    
  9. Use the ComboSelChange event to get the selection and set the price.

    private void fpSpread1_ComboSelChange(object sender, FarPoint.Win.Spread.EditorNotifyEventArgs e)  
    {  
    string caseSwitch;  
    caseSwitch = fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[1, 1].Text;  
    switch (caseSwitch)  
    {  
    case "Raspberry":  
    fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[1, 2].Value = 5.00;  
    break;  
    case "Vanilla":  
    fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[1, 2].Value = 4.00;  
    break;  
    case "Chocolate":  
    fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[1, 2].Value = 4.25;  
    break;  
    case "Banana":  
    fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[1, 2].Value = 4.75;  
    break;  
    }  
    } 
    

Here is the complete example in C#:

 // Select dessert flavor.  
ImageList img = new ImageList();  
img.Images.Add(Image.FromFile("C:\\\Program Files (x86)\\\GrapeCity\\\rasp.png"));  
img.Images.Add(Image.FromFile("C:\\\Program Files (x86)\\\GrapeCity\\\vanilla.png"));  
img.Images.Add(Image.FromFile("C:\\\Program Files (x86)\\\GrapeCity\\\choco.png"));  
img.Images.Add(Image.FromFile("C:\\\Program Files (x86)\\\GrapeCity\\\banana.png"));  
GrapeCity.Win.Spread.InputMan.CellType.GcComboBoxCellType gccombo = new GrapeCity.Win.Spread.InputMan.CellType.GcComboBoxCellType();  
gccombo.DropDownStyle = ComboBoxStyle.DropDownList;  
gccombo.Items.AddRange(new String[] { "Raspberry", "Vanilla", "Chocolate", "Banana" });  
gccombo.Items[0].BackColor = Color.Fuchsia;  
gccombo.Items[1].BackColor = Color.Ivory;  
gccombo.Items[2].BackColor = Color.Chocolate;  
gccombo.Items[3].BackColor = Color.LightYellow;  

gccombo.ImageList = img;  
gccombo.Items[0].Image = 0;  
gccombo.Items[1].Image = 1;  
gccombo.Items[2].Image = 2;  
gccombo.Items[3].Image = 3;  
gccombo.ShowListBoxImage = true;  
gccombo.ImageAlign = HorizontalAlignment.Right;  
gccombo.ListSelectedItemStyle.BackColor = Color.Bisque;  
gccombo.ListSelectedItemStyle.ForeColor = Color.Black;  
fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[1, 1].CellType = gccombo;  
fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Columns[1].Width = 200;  
fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Rows[1].Height = 40;  
FarPoint.Win.Spread.CellType.CurrencyCellType currencycell = new FarPoint.Win.Spread.CellType.CurrencyCellType();  
fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[1, 2].CellType = currencycell;  
fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[0, 1].Text = "Select a flavor";  
fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[0, 2].Text = "Total";  
fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Columns[1, 2].Font = new Font("Calibri", 10, FontStyle.Bold);  
fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Columns[1, 2].HorizontalAlignment = FarPoint.Win.Spread.CellHorizontalAlignment.Center;  
fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Rows[1].VerticalAlignment = FarPoint.Win.Spread.CellVerticalAlignment.Center;  

private void fpSpread1_ComboSelChange(object sender, FarPoint.Win.Spread.EditorNotifyEventArgs e)  
{  
string caseSwitch;  
caseSwitch = fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[1, 1].Text;  
switch (caseSwitch)  
{  
case "Raspberry":  
fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[1, 2].Value = 5.00;  
break;  
case "Vanilla":  
fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[1, 2].Value = 4.00;  
break;  
case "Chocolate":  
fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[1, 2].Value = 4.25;  
break;  
case "Banana":  
fpSpread1.Sheets[0].Cells[1, 2].Value = 4.75;  
break;  
}  
}

Here is the complete example in VB:

Dim img As New ImageList()  
img.Images.Add(Image.FromFile("C:\\Program Files (x86)\\GrapeCity\\rasp.png"))  
img.Images.Add(Image.FromFile("C:\\Program Files (x86)\\GrapeCity\\vanilla.png"))  
img.Images.Add(Image.FromFile("C:\\Program Files (x86)\\GrapeCity\\choco.png"))  
img.Images.Add(Image.FromFile("C:\\Program Files (x86)\\GrapeCity\\banana.png"))  
Dim gccombo As New GrapeCity.Win.Spread.InputMan.CellType.GcComboBoxCellType()  
gccombo.DropDownStyle = ComboBoxStyle.DropDownList  
gccombo.Items.AddRange(New String() {"Raspberry", "Vanilla", "Chocolate", "Banana"})  
gccombo.Items(0).BackColor = Color.Fuchsia  
gccombo.Items(1).BackColor = Color.Ivory  
gccombo.Items(2).BackColor = Color.Chocolate  
gccombo.Items(3).BackColor = Color.LightYellow  
gccombo.ImageList = img  
gccombo.Items(0).Image = 0  
gccombo.Items(1).Image = 1  
gccombo.Items(2).Image = 2  
gccombo.Items(3).Image = 3  
gccombo.ShowListBoxImage = True  
gccombo.ImageAlign = HorizontalAlignment.Right  
gccombo.ListSelectedItemStyle.BackColor = Color.Bisque  
gccombo.ListSelectedItemStyle.ForeColor = Color.Black  
FpSpread1.Sheets(0).Cells(1, 1).CellType = gccombo  
FpSpread1.Sheets(0).Columns(1).Width = 200  
FpSpread1.Sheets(0).Rows(1).Height = 40  
Dim currencycell As New FarPoint.Win.Spread.CellType.CurrencyCellType()  
FpSpread1.Sheets(0).Cells(1, 2).CellType = currencycell  
FpSpread1.Sheets(0).Cells(0, 1).Text = "Select a flavor"  
FpSpread1.Sheets(0).Cells(0, 2).Text = "Total"  
FpSpread1.Sheets(0).Columns(1, 2).Font = New Font("Calibri", 10, FontStyle.Bold)  
FpSpread1.Sheets(0).Columns(1, 2).HorizontalAlignment = FarPoint.Win.Spread.CellHorizontalAlignment.Center  
FpSpread1.Sheets(0).Rows(1).VerticalAlignment = FarPoint.Win.Spread.CellVerticalAlignment.Center  
Private Sub FpSpread1_ComboSelChange(sender As Object, e As FarPoint.Win.Spread.EditorNotifyEventArgs) Handles FpSpread1.ComboSelChange  
Dim caseSwitch As String  
caseSwitch = FpSpread1.Sheets(0).Cells(1, 1).Text  
Select Case caseSwitch  
Case "Raspberry"  
FpSpread1.Sheets(0).Cells(1, 2).Value = 5.0  
Exit Select  
Case "Vanilla"  
FpSpread1.Sheets(0).Cells(1, 2).Value = 4.0  
Exit Select  
Case "Chocolate"  
FpSpread1.Sheets(0).Cells(1, 2).Value = 4.25  
Exit Select  
Case "Banana"  
FpSpread1.Sheets(0).Cells(1, 2).Value = 4.75  
Exit Select  
End Select  
End Sub 

The following help topic has information about adding the Spread component to a Visual Studio project: http://sphelp.grapecity.com/WebHelp/SpreadNet10/WF/webframe.html#spwin-vs2015add.html. For more information about the GcComboBox cell, refer to http://sphelp.grapecity.com/WebHelp/SpreadNet10/WF/webframe.html#spwin-gccombo.html.