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Hi,

I'd like to know the visual difference between Combo Boxes and Drop Down Lists.

I'm going through several documents where the creator was supposed to use only Combo Boxes but they confused the two and sometimes used Drop Down lists and sometimes used Combo boxes and now I need to sort through them and change them all to Combo boxes.

Problem is, if they don't have bounding boxes or start/end tags, how do I tell them apart? Can I tell this from the Properties pop up?

Thank you!



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If you look at the Properties for the Content Control in Developer mode, Combo Boxes always have "Choose an item." as an option in addition to whatever you wanted to choose between. Drop Down lists do not, they simply list the options you wanted the user to choose from.

Last edited by proghy; 09-16-2014 at 12:01 PM. Reason: Figured it out on my own, thought I'd share in case anyone wonders in the future
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There is no 'visual' difference. The practical difference is the comboboxes allow you to input something other than one of the dropdown selections. You can automatically change all (or designated) dropdowns to comboboxes (or vice-versa) via a macro. For example:
Code:
Sub Demo()
Dim CCtrl As ContentControl
For Each CCtrl In ActiveDocument.ContentControls
  If CCtrl.Type = wdContentControlDropdownList Then
    CCtrl.Type = wdContentControlComboBox
  End If
Next
End Sub
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