A combo box is a combination of a list box and a text box.

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Select any combination of items, but at least one

Quite often we allow to choose multiple items, this what are checkboxes are actually exist for. But in some scenarios something always had to be chosen. For example, quite often user can have may ...
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State indication for multiple multi-state toggles

For a list of entities, I am able to change between three differen states, A, B and C. I am currently displaying a combobox to change the state. That way, the element does also double as the state ...
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Correct Use of ComboBox

I'm trying to think about a better interface for a combobox and grid control that I have in WinForms application. The combobox is used a search box to find Tenants that we have in a database. A user ...
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Need of selecting multiple data with various types at once. Drop-down lists, comboboxes or drag'n'drop list?

When an user needs to define a custom region, for example, which is composed of one or many cities/states/boroughs/countries/macro-regions (within countries)/micro-regions (within states)/etc., he/she ...
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How do I display an 'all' option to users in a multi-select box?

I have a combo box that lets user choose airlines. Below is the (draft) snapshot. I want to keep an icon infront of it (right now I have a tick mark which has to be replaced with an appropriate ...
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Highlighting a property in combobox

I am currently doing an application with a combobox, like this: Obviously the visuals can be better, but leaving that aside: How can I highlight a boolean property of a particular element? A ...
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single radio button vs 2 radio buttons vs checkbox

I am having a user enter search terms to search a document. The issue of how to have them determine if that term is case senstive when being used. OPTION 1 - I was thinking to make it a dropdown ...
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What should the “other” option in a drop-down say?

The app will have a drop-down box. One of the options will be something like (Enter your own reason) If that option is selected then a text field will be displayed. Question: what is the suggested ...
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Combo Box/Dropdown control that allows new values

I'd like to create a dropdown list control in a form that allows users to either select a value from the list, or type a new value. Typing a new value and saving the form will result in that new ...
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Is there a common term for an editable/searchable drop down field?

What is the common name or design pattern for a UI element which is like a combobox but has the added facility of typing to refine the options returned in the drop down.
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Combobox items with Tooltips

I was thinking of using a searchable\predictive text combo box to allow a user selecting an item from a very long list of items with long names (lets say from a list of 200 items). I thought it would ...
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Name for a combo box that shows and edits multiple items?

Is there an accepted name for a UI element that allows the user to enter multiple values, displaying each value as visually distinct, and provides autocomplete matching like a combo box? Examples ...
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Adding “Select…” as first option (placeholder) of dropdown list

Would it be considered a good practice to add the word "Select..." as the first option of a dropdown list? I think it's redundant and not at all necessary and what is in the dropdown list should be ...
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When to combine comboboxes?

Let's say that my GUI has two fields to configure: input and output. Both fields are implemented with comboboxes that may have the following values: Input Values: A, B, C, D, E, F Output Values: 1, ...
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Group of controls depending on value of combo box

In a UI, I get the user to make a selection from a combo box. This selection influences what other controls will need to be shown. There are also other controls that need to be shown, independently of ...
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Where did combo box/drop-down lists come from?

Where did the design of combo box or drop-down lists come from? Radio buttons can be used similarly, and also have a real-world analogy without computers (those fill-circle-with-HB-pencil papers). A ...
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When should a select be replaced with a combobox?

I'm working with a site that is currently making heavy use of comboboxes. In fact, every select in the whole application is automatically turned into a combobox on page load. My first inclination is ...
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displaying cascading comboboxes

I have a text editor with several tools on a page. and I want to add cascading dropdowns to the tool list. For example, I have two comboboxes: 1st is filter with values: All -selected by default ...
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Should the currently selected item in a combo/dropdown box also be included in the list of choices?

For example, you have a combo box which contains 10 elements including the one that is currently selected. When you prompt to drop down the list to choose another, should the currently selected item ...
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Is a multiselect (with a few exposed options) always better than a drop down menu?

Consider the two inputs below: Ignoring the poor label placement for a moment... It seems to me that in many cases, either of these inputs could perform the same function. Do either of these ...
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Results of combobox selection

Combo box is relatively easy to pick items from, but is less usable when it comes to see what you have already selected. Any recommendation on how to display results of the combo box selection? The ...
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What's the optimal height for a dropdown/combobox?

I found this question, and while listboxes are cousins of the dropdown box, I think there are unique properties of combo boxes which require a seperate question. I am working with a javascript ...
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In a ComboBox containing years, should I sort them in ascending or descending order?

My guess is descending, but I want to have some theoretical background. I was using an application and my intuition told me to click the scroll bar down just to find previous years, and I felt ...
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Which input layout for choosing between Option1, Option2 and (Option1 or Option2, dynamically)

One setting in our app has to be as follows: For a certain scenario, the user select whether he wants: Always use option X Or always use option Y Or, depending on a dynamic flag, use X or Y (he ...
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Disable combobox with one entry?

Imagine an arbitrary list of items. To execute a command, the user has to select one of these items in a combobox (if there are no items, the combobox is not shown at all). Should the combobox be ...
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How to Indicate ComboBox Value Is Dirty

I'm looking for a good way to indicate the value of a ComboBox is dirty. With TextBoxes I set the Background to yellow but that looks a little funny with the ComboBox because by default it looks ...
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What ways can I present an addtional field to combobox when user can't find item they looking for?

I have ComboBox and it has item inside user can select item they want, if they can't find item they can select first item (Not in this list) and input data in textbox (textbox will show if user select ...
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Repeated Combo box for data entry or single list?

I have a desktop app form with a repeater control. It is a list of bank transactions that do a poor job of identifying the associated customer. Someone needs to assign the customer to each ...
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When would I use Facebook style fcbkcomplete instead of a multiselect dropdown?

Is there any occasion when you should use the Facebook style multiselect textbox (as seen in fcbkcomplete or smarttextbox) compared to a regular multiselect dropdown / list box or a set of checkboxes? ...
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Guidelines for representing sentinel values within a list

I'm curious if anybody can point me to a list of guidelines (preferable regarding Windows Development UI design) that may help layout rules which to follow when representing sentinel or special values ...
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Best ways to replace the combobox selection (aka single select) for touch interfaces.

The combobox has two benefits: a) fits in limited realestate and b) signals single selection to the user. What are the best alternatives for touch screens which minimize interacts? Combobox demands ...