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CheckedComboBoxEdit.SetEditValue(Object) Method

Assigns the value to the CheckedComboBoxEdit.EditValue property, and checks editor items that have related values.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraEditors

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraEditors.v24.1.dll

NuGet Package: DevExpress.Win.Navigation


public virtual void SetEditValue(
    object value


Name Type Description
value Object

An object that identifies checked items in the editor’s dropdown window.


The edit value identifies checked items in the editor’s dropdown window. If the SetEditValue method parameter is a value that no editor item has, the editor resets its EditValue property and deselects all its items.

checkedComboBoxEdit1.Properties.Items.Add(1, "One");
checkedComboBoxEdit1.Properties.Items.Add(2, "Two");
checkedComboBoxEdit1.Properties.Items.Add(3, "Three");

//Valid code, selects item "Two"

//Valid code, selects items "One" and "Three"
checkedComboBoxEdit1.SetEditValue("1, 3");

//Party valid code, selects items "One" and "Three", but ignores the "100" value
checkedComboBoxEdit1.SetEditValue("1, 3, 100");

//Invalid code, clears editor selection

Depending on the RepositoryItemCheckedComboBoxEdit.EditValueType property value, you need to pass either strings\objects or Lists to the SetEditValue method.

checkedComboBoxEdit1.Properties.Items.Add(true, "Yes");
checkedComboBoxEdit1.Properties.Items.Add(false, "No");

//Edit value is a string
checkedComboBoxEdit1.Properties.EditValueType = EditValueTypeCollection.CSV;

//Edit value is a list
checkedComboBoxEdit1.Properties.EditValueType = EditValueTypeCollection.List;
checkedComboBoxEdit1.SetEditValue(new List<bool>() { true });

If the editor stores bit fields, the edit value must be of the corresponding enumeration type and must represent a set of flags to be checked in the dropdown (see “Example 2” below).

Example 1

The code below populates the RepositoryItemCheckedComboBoxEdit.Items collection with five items, each item stores a string value.

The CheckedComboBoxEdit.SetEditValue method is called to select “Circle” and “Ellipse” items. The “Circle” item is then disabled so that users cannot de-select it.


Note that the code modifies the RepositoryItemCheckedComboBoxEdit.SeparatorChar property to change the edit value separator char from the default comma (“,”) to a semicolon (“;”). The same separator char must be used in the SetEditValue method parameter.

// Add check items to the control's dropdown.
string[] itemValues = new string[] { 
    "Circle", "Rectangle", "Ellipse", 
    "Triangle", "Square" };
foreach (string value in itemValues)
    checkedComboBoxEdit1.Properties.Items.Add(value, CheckState.Unchecked, true);
// Specify the separator character.
checkedComboBoxEdit1.Properties.SeparatorChar = ';';
// Set the edit value.
checkedComboBoxEdit1.SetEditValue("Circle; Ellipse");
// Disable the Circle item.
checkedComboBoxEdit1.Properties.Items["Circle"].Enabled = false;

Example 2

The following example shows how to edit bit fields (a set of flags) in a CheckedComboBoxEdit control.

The control displays values of a custom MyColors enum, which has five simple flags (None through Yellow) and one combined flag (Green). Combined flags are not supported by the CheckedComboBoxEdit control. Items that correspond to these flags must be manually removed from the RepositoryItemCheckedComboBoxEdit.Items collection (see the removeCombinedFlags method which performs this operation).

The RepositoryItemCheckedComboBoxEdit.SetFlags method populates the RepositoryItemCheckedComboBoxEdit.Items collection with items corresponding to all available flags (except for a flag with a zero value). Then, the removeCombinedFlags method is called to remove items corresponding to combined flags. Finally, the editor’s initial value is specified using the CheckedComboBoxEdit.SetEditValue method.

The following image shows the result:


Note that the Green flag is not present in the dropdown list, although you can set this flag to the control’s value.

using DevExpress.XtraEditors.Repository;

enum MyColors {
    None = 0x00,
    Black = 0x01,
    White = 0x02,
    Blue = 0x04,
    Yellow = 0x08,
    Green = Blue | Yellow

public partial class Form1 : Form {
    public Form1() {

        // Populate the Items collection with all available flags.
        // Remove items that correspond to compound flags.
        // Set an initial value.
        checkedComboBoxEdit1.SetEditValue(MyColors.Black | MyColors.Green);

    // Traverse through items and remove those that correspond to bitwise combinations of simple flags.
    private void removeCombinedFlags(RepositoryItemCheckedComboBoxEdit ri) {
        for (int i = ri.Items.Count - 1; i > 0; i--) {
            Enum val1 = ri.Items[i].Value as Enum;
            for (int j = i - 1; j >= 0; j--) {
                Enum val2 = ri.Items[j].Value as Enum;
                if (val1.HasFlag(val2)) {
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