Single and multiple selection in WPF Autocomplete (SfTextBoxExt)

In AutoComplete selection can be performed using single selection or multi-selection. This can be handled by MultiSelectMode property. The default value of MultiSelectMode is None which performs single selection.

Single selection

The single selection can be performed by setting the MultiSelectMode property to None. In this mode we can set and retrieve the selected item using the SelectedItem property.

Multi selection

The multi-selection, there are two ways to display the selection in the control.

  • Token

  • Delimiter

Multiple selection using tokens

Each selected items can be displayed as a token representation having a close button for each token.

In token representation the control behavior of arranging the items can be done in two ways which is handled by the property TokensWrapMode.

  • Wrap - The selected items will be wrapped to the next line of the AutoComplete.

  • None - The selected items will be arranged in horizontal layout in single line.

The SelectedItems property can be used to set and retrieve the items in MultiSelectMode.

<editors:SfTextBoxExt HorizontalAlignment="Left"
                      AutoCompleteMode="Suggest"
                      SearchItemPath="Name"
                      MultiSelectMode="Token"
                      Height="40"
                      AutoCompleteSource="{Binding Employees}"
                      VerticalAlignment="Center"
                      Width="200"/>
textBoxExt.MultiSelectMode = MultiSelectMode.Token;

Token Representation

Customization of Tokens

The token can be customized by overriding the default style targeting the TokenItem class.

<Window.Resources>
        <Style  TargetType="editors:TokenItem">
            <Setter Property="Template">
                <Setter.Value>
                    <ControlTemplate TargetType="editors:TokenItem">
                        <Border x:Name="TokenBorder" Margin="4,4,2,4"  Background="Black"  CornerRadius="10"  Height="{TemplateBinding Height}" >
                            <Grid Margin="2" x:Name="TokenGrid">
                                <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
                                    <ColumnDefinition Width="auto"/>
                                    <ColumnDefinition Width="*"/>
                                    <ColumnDefinition Width="auto"/>
                                </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
                                    <TextBlock x:Name="TokenTextBlock" Text="{TemplateBinding Text}" Foreground="White" Grid.Column="1" Margin="2,0,2,3" VerticalAlignment="Center" Padding="4,0,0,0" />
                                    <Button Grid.Column="2" Margin="2"  x:Name="TokenCloseButton" IsTabStop="False" Background="White"  CommandParameter="{Binding RelativeSource={RelativeSource Mode=TemplatedParent}}" >
                                        <Button.Content>
                                            <TextBlock x:Name="TokenButtonContent" Text="&#xE711;" VerticalAlignment="Center" FontSize="10"  Foreground="Black" FontFamily="Segoe MDL2 Assets" />
                                        </Button.Content>
                                    <Button.Resources>
                                        <Style TargetType="{x:Type Border}">
                                            <Setter Property="CornerRadius" Value="13"/>
                                        </Style>
                                    </Button.Resources>
                                </Button>
                            </Grid>
                        </Border>
                    </ControlTemplate>
                </Setter.Value>
            </Setter>
        </Style>
    </Window.Resources>
        <editors:SfTextBoxExt HorizontalAlignment="Left"
                                  AutoCompleteMode="Suggest"
                                  SearchItemPath="Name"
                                  MultiSelectMode="Token" 
                                  Height="40"
                                  AutoCompleteSource="{Binding Employees}"
                                  VerticalAlignment="Center"
                                  Width="200"/>

Token_Customization

Enable autosize in token mode

In token representation when we have set Wrap mode enabling the EnableAutoSize property re-renders the control height based on the number of lines the tokens are wrapped inside the control.

To use this feature, it is need to set the MultiSelectMode as Token and TokensWrapMode as Wrap. By default this feature is disabled.

<editors:SfTextBoxExt HorizontalAlignment="Left"
                      AutoCompleteMode="Suggest"
                      SearchItemPath="Name"
                      MultiSelectMode="Token" 
                      TokensWrapMode="Wrap"
                      EnableAutoSize="True"
                      AutoCompleteSource="{Binding Employees}"
                      VerticalAlignment="Center"
                      Width="200"/>
textBoxExt.MultiSelectMode = MultiSelectMode.Token;
textBoxExt.TokensWrapMode = TokensWrapMode.Wrap;
textBoxExt.EnableAutoSize = true;

EnableAutoSize

ShowClearButton:

This feature allows to show or hide the clear button in Token mode for the AutoComplete control using the ShowClearButton property.

<editors:SfTextBoxExt
            x:Name="textBoxExt"
            Width="200"
            HorizontalAlignment="Center"
            VerticalAlignment="Center"
            AutoCompleteMode="Suggest"
            AutoCompleteSource="{Binding Employees}"
            MultiSelectMode="Token"
            SearchItemPath="Name"
            ShowClearButton="True" />
textBoxExt.ShowClearButton = true;

ShowClearButton

NOTE

The default ShowClearButton property value is false. It will be only applicable for MultiSelectMode is Token.

See also Multiple selection using tokens topic in AutoComplete.

Multiple selection using delimiter

In Delimiter mode, each item is separated by a character that is set to the Delimiter property. By default the items are separated by ,(Comma).

<editors:SfTextBoxExt HorizontalAlignment="Center" 
                      VerticalAlignment="Center" 
                      Width="300"
                      Height="40"
                      MultiSelectMode="Delimiter"
                      SearchItemPath="Name"
                      AutoCompleteMode="Suggest"
                      AutoCompleteSource="{Binding Employees}" />
textBoxExt.MultiSelectMode = MultiSelectMode.Delimiter;

Delimiter

Setting and retrieving SelectedItem

The SelectedItem property is used to select a particular item from the suggestion list or to retrieve the item that is selected. The SelectedItem property can be used in single selection where the MultiSelectMode as None. For multi-selection where the MultiSelectMode is set either as Token or Delimiter the selected items can be set or retrieved using the SelectedItems property.

The SelectedItem and SelectedItems contains the object of the custom data and using the
SearchItemPath property the value displayed in the text field can be retrieved.

Model Class:

public class Employee
{
        string name;
        string email;

        public string Name
        {
            get { return name; }
            set { name = value; }
        }

        public string Email
        {
            get { return email; }
            set { email = value; }
        }
}

In EmployeeViewModel class the SelectedItem updated initially from the Employees collection.

public class EmployeeViewModel
{
        private List<Employee> employees;
        public List<Employee> Employees
        {
            get { return employees; }

            set { employees = value; }
        }

        private object selectedItem;
        public object SelectedItem
        {
            get { return selectedItem; }

            set { selectedItem = value; }
        }

        public EmployeeViewModel()
        {
            Employees = new List<Employee>();
            Employees.Add(new Employee() { Name = "Eric", Email = "Eric@syncfusion.com" });
            Employees.Add(new Employee() { Name = "James", Email = "James@syncfusion.com" });
            Employees.Add(new Employee() { Name = "Jacob", Email = "Jacob@syncfusion.com" });
            Employees.Add(new Employee() { Name = "Jackson", Email = "Jackson@syncfusion.com" });
            Employees.Add(new Employee() { Name = "Lucas", Email = "Lucas@syncfusion.com" });
            SelectedItem = Employees[0];
        }
}
<editors:SfTextBoxExt HorizontalAlignment="Center"                                
                      x:Name="autoComplete"
                      MaxDropDownHeight="100"
                      MultiSelectMode="None"  
                      AutoCompleteMode="Suggest"                                                          
                      SearchItemPath="Name"
                      SelectedItem="{Binding SelectedItem}"
                      AutoCompleteSource="{Binding Employees}"
                      VerticalAlignment="Center"                 
                      Height="40" 
                      Width="200"/>

selected item

private void TextBoxExt_SelectedItemChanged(DependencyObject d, DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e)
{
         SfTextBoxExt textBoxExt = d as SfTextBoxExt;
         string selectedItem = "";
         if (textBoxExt.SelectedItem != null)
         {
            selectedItem =((textBoxExt.SelectedItem as Employee).Name).ToString();
         }

         MessageBox.Show(selectedItem, "SelectedItem", MessageBoxButton.OK, MessageBoxImage.None);
}

Model Class:

public class Employee
{
        string name;
        string email;

        public string Name
        {
            get { return name; }
            set { name = value; }
        }

        public string Email
        {
            get { return email; }
            set { email = value; }
        }
}

In EmployeeViewModel class the SelectedItems updated initially from the Employees collection.

public class EmployeeViewModel
{
        private List<Employee> employees;
        public List<Employee> Employees
        {
            get { return employees; }

            set { employees = value; }
        }

        private List<object> selectedItems;
        public List<object> SelectedItems
        {
            get { return selectedItems; }

            set { selectedItems = value; }
        }

        public EmployeeViewModel()
        {
            Employees = new List<Employee>();
            SelectedItems = new List<object>();
            Employees.Add(new Employee() { Name = "Eric", Email = "Eric@syncfusion.com" });
            Employees.Add(new Employee() { Name = "James", Email = "James@syncfusion.com" });
            Employees.Add(new Employee() { Name = "Jacob", Email = "Jacob@syncfusion.com" });
            Employees.Add(new Employee() { Name = "Jackson", Email = "Jackson@syncfusion.com" });
            Employees.Add(new Employee() { Name = "Lucas", Email = "Lucas@syncfusion.com" });
            SelectedItems.Add(Employees[2]);
            SelectedItems.Add(Employees[0]);
            SelectedItems.Add(Employees[1]);
        }
}
<editors:SfTextBoxExt HorizontalAlignment="Center"                                
                      x:Name="autoComplete"
                      MaxDropDownHeight="100"
                      MultiSelectMode="Token"  
                      AutoCompleteMode="Suggest"                                                          
                      SearchItemPath="Name"
                      SelectedItems="{Binding SelectedItems}"
                      AutoCompleteSource="{Binding Employees}"
                      VerticalAlignment="Center"                 
                      Height="40" 
                      Width="200"/>

selected items

Retrieving SelectedValue

The SelectedValue property is used to retrieve the selected values from the suggestion list. We have to set the ValueMemberPath property when using custom data for the value we want to retrieve from SelectedValue based on the SelectedItem object.

<editors:SfTextBoxExt HorizontalAlignment="Left"                                
                      x:Name="autoComplete"
                      MaxDropDownHeight="100"
                      MultiSelectMode="None"  
                      AutoCompleteMode="Suggest"                                                          
                      SearchItemPath="Name"
                      ValueMemberPath="Email"
                      AutoCompleteSource="{Binding Employees}"
                      VerticalAlignment="Center"                                                      
                      SelectedItemChanged="AutoComplete_SelectedItemChanged"
                      Height="40" 
                      Width="200"/>
private void AutoComplete_SelectedItemChanged(DependencyObject d, DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e)
{
       SfTextBoxExt textBoxExt = d as SfTextBoxExt;
       if (textBoxExt.SelectedValue != null)
       {
          MessageBox.Show(textBoxExt.SelectedValue.ToString(), "SelectedValue", MessageBoxButton.OK, MessageBoxImage.None);
       }
}

Retrieving SuggestionIndex

When an item is selected from suggestion list, their index can be retrieved using the SuggestionIndex property.

<editors:SfTextBoxExt HorizontalAlignment="Left"                                
                      x:Name="autoComplete"
                      MaxDropDownHeight="100"
                      MultiSelectMode="None"  
                      AutoCompleteMode="Suggest"                                                          
                      SearchItemPath="Name"
                      ValueMemberPath="Email"
                      AutoCompleteSource="{Binding Employees}"
                      VerticalAlignment="Center"                                                      
                      SelectedItemChanged="AutoComplete_SelectedItemChanged"
                      Height="40" 
                      Width="200"/>
private void AutoComplete_SelectedItemChanged(DependencyObject d, DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e)
{
        string suggestionIndex = "";
        suggestionIndex = ((d as SfTextBoxExt).SuggestionIndex).ToString();
        MessageBoxResult messageBoxResult = MessageBox.Show(suggestionIndex, "SuggestionIndex");
}

Displaying images

This feature allows to provide the path for the image to be displayed in the text box control using the ImageMemberPath property.

NOTE

This feature is applicable only for MultiSelectMode with Token mode.

For further details, refer to Showing image in token and dropdown.

NOTE

View sample in GitHub