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How to select item with Load On Demand enabled in a RadComboBox

How to

Select programmatically an item in a RadComboBox with load-on-demand enabled.


In a standard data binding scenario or when you have declarative/programmatically created items, you have both the client-side and the server-side Items collections, so you can easily select an item.

With load-on-demand, however, the Items collections are empty when the page loads, because the goal of the feature is to defer item creation until the point they are needed.


The solution is to select or highlight the desired item when the items come back from the service request by using the OnClientItemsRequested event. You can use their text, value or a custom attribute flag from the server. Here is an example:

<telerik:RadComboBox runat="server" ID="rcb1" OnClientItemsRequested="OnClientItemsRequested" OnItemsRequested="rcb1_ItemsRequested" EnableLoadOnDemand="true"></telerik:RadComboBox>
    function OnClientItemsRequested(sender, args) {
        var items = sender.get_items();
        for (var i = 0; i < items.get_count(); i++) {
            if (items.getItem(i).get_attributes().getAttribute("toSelect")) {
                items.getItem(i).select(); //or just .highlight() to show it to the user without selecting

and a simple code-behind handler to populate the custom attribute used above

protected void rcb1_ItemsRequested(object sender, RadComboBoxItemsRequestedEventArgs e)
    for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
        RadComboBoxItem itm = new RadComboBoxItem("item " + i);
        if (i == 3)
            itm.Attributes["toSelect"] = "yes";
        (sender as RadComboBox).Items.Add(itm);
        itm.DataBind();//so the attributes are bound to the item
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