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Project subject: I had an MS Access 2003 adp VBA project that would connect to SQL Server Database, Now I'm converting that project to C# WPF, and I'm going to save data directly into SQL Server database from DataGrid in C# WPF

Detail: I have DataGrid that ItemsSource binds to an 'ObservableCollection' named: 'INVO_DATA_RASID_KHARID' and also 'DataGridComboBoxColumn' named: 'ANBAR_COLUMN' the 'ItemSource' of this 'DataGridComboBoxColumn' is filled through SQL Server.

I want this 'DataGridComboBoxColumn' to be displayed with a default value so that the user knows that there is no need to manually select it from the 'DataGridComboBoxColumn' list.

I set this default value through a static variable in code behind in this method named: 'FillALLComboboxes'.

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The Problem: Considering that 'DataGridComboBoxColumn' in the DataGrid, the 'ANBAR_COL' 'DataGridComboBoxColumn' has a default value, the user does not need to select that item manually from the 'DataGridComboBoxColumn' list, but as long as they double-click on the 'ANBAR_COL' combobox cell, the default value It will appear! The point is that the default value set for 'DataGridComboBoxColumn' will not be displayed until the user enters the cell!

What I have tried:


        <DataGrid   x:Name="INVO_LST_RASID_SUB"
                        ItemsSource="{Binding INVO_DATA_RASID_KHARID}"
                        AutoGenerateColumns="False"  FlowDirection="RightToLeft"  SelectionUnit="FullRow"   BorderThickness="1" >

                <DataGridComboBoxColumn x:Name="ANBAR_COLUMN" MinWidth="80" Width="auto" Header=" انبار " 
                                        SelectedValueBinding="{Binding ANBAR,UpdateSourceTrigger=PropertyChanged}"
                                        DisplayMemberPath="NAMES" SelectedValuePath="CODE">
                        <Style TargetType="{x:Type ComboBox}">
                            <Setter Property="IsEditable" Value="True"/>


Code behind of my Window (C#):

    public partial class HEAD_LST_RASID : Window
        public ObservableCollection<INVO_LST_RASID_KHARID_CSHARP> INVO_DATA_RASID_KHARID { get; set; } = new ObservableCollection<INVO_LST_RASID_KHARID_CSHARP>();

        public HEAD_LST_RASID()
            this.DataContext = this;
        public void FillALLComboboxes()
            string RowSource_ANBAR = "SELECT    CODE, NAMES FROM  dbo.TCOD_ANBAR";
            //Search for the default value if it exists
            var rst = dbms.Database.SqlQuery<int?>("SELECT     ANBCO FROM dbo.OPANBACCESS WHERE     (USERCO = " + Baseknow.USERCOD + " ) ORDER BY dbo.OPANBACCESS.RDF").ToList();
            if (rst.Count > 0)
                Baseknow.anbardef = (int)rst.FirstOrDefault();
            var ARST = dbms.Database.SqlQuery<Custom_TCODANBAR>(RowSource_ANBAR).ToList();
            ANBAR_COLUMN.ItemsSource = ARST;
        private void Window_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
              var QRE_LST = dbms.Database.SqlQuery<INVO_LST_RASID_KHARID_CSHARP>($@"SELECT * FROM INVOICES").ToList();
                foreach (var item in QRE_LST)
Model Class :

    public class CTABLES
        public class INVO_LST_RASID_KHARID_CSHARP : INotifyPropertyChanged, ICloneable
            public object Clone()
                return this.MemberwiseClone();
            public INVO_LST_RASID_KHARID_CSHARP()
                ANBAR = Baseknow.anbardef;

            private int? _anbar;
            public int? ANBAR
                    return _anbar;
                    if (_anbar == value)
                    _anbar = value;

            public event PropertyChangedEventHandler PropertyChanged;
            protected virtual void OnPropertyChanged(string propertyName = "")
                PropertyChanged?.Invoke(this, new PropertyChangedEventArgs(propertyName));

What I want is to show that a default value has been selected for this combobox inside the 'DataGrid' when the 'DataGrid' data is loaded (without the need to double-click and go to CellEditing mode).
Updated 2-May-23 11:28am
Gerry Schmitz 2-May-23 16:45pm    
By default, most "selector" controls default to .SelectedIndex == -1 (empty set or nothing selected); so, you should set the index if it makes a difference (after loading).
mojtabahakimian 2-May-23 17:05pm    
How can I set SelectedIndex for the 'DataGridComboBoxColumn' dynamically ? (Binding)

1 solution

When I hit an issue, sometimes I like to remove the noise and break out a small project that focuses on the main issue. I have done just that for you.

Start a new WPF project with the name WpfDataGridComboBox and drop this code in and you can see how it works.

1. MainWindow.xaml
<Window x:Class="WpfDataGridComboBox.MainWindow"
        Title="MainWindow" Height="450" Width="800"

    <Grid DataContext="{Binding ElementName=Window1}">
            <CollectionViewSource x:Key="ChoicesCVS"
                                  Source="{Binding Choices}" />

        <DataGrid AutoGenerateColumns="False"
                  ItemsSource="{Binding Items}">
                <DataGridTextColumn Header="Name"
                                    Binding="{Binding Name}" />
                <DataGridTextColumn Header="Age"
                                    Binding="{Binding Age}" />
                    Header="Mode" Width="100" 
                    SelectedItemBinding="{Binding Choice}"
                    ItemsSource="{Binding Source={StaticResource ChoicesCVS}}">


2. the code behind file MainWindow.xaml.cs
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Collections.ObjectModel;
using System.Windows;

namespace WpfDataGridComboBox
    public partial class MainWindow : Window
        public MainWindow()

        public List<string> Choices { get; set; } = new()
            "Choice 1",
            "Choice 2",
            "Choice 3"

        public ObservableCollection<Person> Items { get; set; } = new()
            new() { Name = "Freddie", Age = 21, Choice = "Choice 1" },
            new() { Name = "Milly", Age = 18, Choice = "Choice 2" },
            new() { Name = "Caddie", Age = 23, Choice = "Choice 3" },

    public class Person
        public string Name { get; set; }
        public int Age { get; set; }
        public string Choice { get; set; }

Now run the project and it will perform as expected. Now you can take this and apply to your own code.
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