Programmatically Select Multiple Items of an ASP.NET ListBox

In one of the forums, a user recently asked how to select multiple items of an ASP.NET ListBox. Here’s how

asp:ListBox ID="ListBox1" runat="server">
asp:ListItem Value="One" />
asp:ListItem Value="Two" />
asp:ListItem Value="Three" />
asp:ListItem Value="Four" />
asp:ListItem Value="Five" />


protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
ListBox1.SelectionMode = ListSelectionMode.Multiple;
for (int i = 0; i < ListBox1.Items.Count; i++)
if(i == 0 || i == 2 || i == 4)
ListBox1.Items[i].Selected = true;


Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
ListBox1.SelectionMode = ListSelectionMode.Multiple
For i As Integer = 0 To ListBox1.Items.Count - 1
If i = 0 OrElse i = 2 OrElse i = 4 Then
ListBox1.Items(i).Selected = True
End If
End Sub

The code shown above selects the first, third and fifth items of a ListBox as in the screenshot below


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rtpHarry said...

c# code sample is busted (if statement)

Suprotim Agarwal said...

Thanks rptHarry! Its fixed now

Jukebox said...

Handy. Can i also get list of selected items using pure LINQ?

Suprotim Agarwal said...

JukeBox: I quickly created a sample and put it over here

Retrieve Selected Items of an ASP.NET ListBox using LINQ


bhaskar said...

Hi ,

I want to get the selected items from list box(multiple items) and need to store it on collection.

List aa = new List();
foreach (ListBoxItem Li in lstUnit.SelectedItems)


I was trying with this coede and not able to get it ,could any body help it out.