How to change background color of the item in the dropdown

This article describes how to change the background color of the items in a dropdown

Description :

You can change the backcolor and background color of a specific item in a dropdown.
First of all you need need bind the drop then do the coding for changing background color of the items in the dropdown.

Dropdown control:

<asp:DropDownList ID="DropDownList1" runat="server" >

Bind the dropdown and change back ground color:

string selectPermission = "select pk_id,ss_code from tablenamewhere ss_code is not null ";//your query
DataTable dtName = SqlHelper.ExecuteDataset(new Connection().GetCon, CommandType.Text, selectPermission).Tables[0];

DropDownList1.DataSource = dtName;
DropDownList1.DataTextField = "ss_code";
DropDownList1.DataValueField = "pk_id";
//Change background color for alternative items
for (int i = 0; i < DropDownList1.Items.Count; ++i)
if (i % 2 == 0)
DropDownList1.Items[i].Attributes.Add("style", "background-color:Red");
DropDownList1.Items[i].Attributes.Add("style", "background-color:Blue");

You can also set the backcolor of the items by

DropDownList1.Items[i].Attributes.Add("style", "backcolor:Red");

You can also search for specific text or value like below:

if (DropDownList1.Items[i].Text == "AA")
DropDownList1.Items[i].Attributes.Add("style", "background-color:grey");
if (DropDownList1.Items[i].Value == "1")
DropDownList1.Items[i].Attributes.Add("style", "background-color:black");

Article by Abhay Kumar Raut
DNS MVM and .Net Guru Team Lead at CirrusCloud Systems Bhubaneswar,Odisha Thanks and Regards, Abhay Kumar Raut

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Author: Deepa04 Feb 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0


Author: macxima16 Feb 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

Really, this is ok and good example for different back ground colors in ddl

Author: Jayendra Kumar18 Feb 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

Really, this is working. Thanks to post such a good information

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