Managing the Combo Box’s List
There are a number of ways that you can affect a combo box’s list’s appearance, as well as controlling them programatically.
Setting the List’s Appearance
These methods let you control the list’s appearance.
To choose whether the pop-up list has a vertical scroll bar, use
setHasVerticalScroller:. When there’s no scroll bar, the user can still scroll to items that aren’t displayed by holding the mouse at the top or bottom of the list. And when there is a scroll bar, the scroll bar is shown even when all items can be displayed in the visible portion of the list.
To set the number of items displayed in the pop-up list, use
setNumberOfVisibleItems:. The default is 5.
To set the amount of space that surrounds each item in the list, use
setIntercellSpacing:with an argument of type NSSize. The width component is the size in points of the list’s left and right margins. The height component is the space in points above and below each list item.
To set the height of each list item, use
Manipulating the List’s Selection
These methods let you manipulate the list’s selection:
To select a particular item, use
To retrieve the selected item, use
To deselect an item, use
Note that changing the list’s selection does not change the content’s of the combo box’s text field. For more information, see “Setting the Combo Box’s Value.”
Scrolling the List
These methods let you scroll the list. The list doesn’t need to be visible to use these methods:
To scroll the list so that a particular item is as close to the top as possible, use
To scroll the list so that a particular item is visible, use
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