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Getting Started with WPF MultiColumnComboBox

This tutorial will walk you through the required steps for using RadMultiColumnComboBox.

Assembly References

In order to use RadMultiColumnComboBox in your application, you need to add references to the following assemblies:

  • Telerik.Windows.Controls
  • Telerik.Windows.Controls.GridView
  • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Input
  • Telerik.Windows.Data

Adding Telerik Assemblies Using NuGet

To use RadMultiColumnComboBox when working with NuGet packages, install the Telerik.Windows.Controls.GridView.for.Wpf.Xaml package. The package name may vary slightly based on the Telerik dlls set - Xaml or NoXaml

Read more about NuGet installation in the Installing UI for WPF from NuGet Package article.

Adding RadMultiColumnComboBox to the Project

Example 1: Defining RadMultiColumnComboBox Declaratively

<telerik:RadMultiColumnComboBox VerticalAlignment="Top"> 

Figure 1: Defining RadMultiColumnComboBox


Note, that such definition would simply result in having an AutoComplete box. In order to have the actual RadGridView populated as a Content of the DropDown the GridViewItemsSourceProvider needs to be set as an ItemsSourceProvider. Note, that the DisplayMemberPath property of RadMultiColumnComboBox is also set. Its purpose is to point to a property of the bound data item present in the source collection of the ItemsSourceProvider. Thus, the control will be aware what value to display in the AutoCompleteBox. If not set, the control would simply call the ToString method of the bound item.

Example 2: Setting the GridViewItemsSourceProvider

 <telerik:RadMultiColumnComboBox VerticalAlignment="Top" DisplayMemberPath="Name"> 
            <telerik:GridViewItemsSourceProvider ItemsSource="{Binding Clubs}" /> 

This definition will have the following output.

Figure 2: Setting the GridViewItemsSourceProvider


Setting a Theme

The controls from our suite support different themes. You can see how to apply a theme different than the default one in the Setting a Theme help article.

Changing the theme using implicit styles will affect all controls that have styles defined in the merged resource dictionaries. This is applicable only for the controls in the scope in which the resources are merged.

To change the theme, you can follow the steps below:

  • Choose between the themes and add reference to the corresponding theme assembly (ex: Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8.dll). You can see the different themes applied in the Theming examples from our WPF Controls Examples application.

  • Merge the ResourceDictionaries with the namespace required for the controls that you are using from the theme assembly. For the RadMultiColumnComboBox, you will need to merge the following resources:

    • Telerik.Windows.Controls
    • Telerik.Windows.Controls.GridView
    • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Input

Example 3 demonstrates how to merge the ResourceDictionaries so that they are applied globally for the entire application.

Example 3: Merge the ResourceDictionaries

            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/System.Windows.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.GridView.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.Input.xaml"/> 

Alternatively, you can use the theme of the control via the StyleManager.

Figure 3 shows a RadMultiColumnComboBox with the Windows8 theme applied.

Figure 3: RadMultiColumnComboBox with the Windows8 theme

RadMultiColumnComboBox with Windows8 theme

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