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Item Plugin Combobox With Custom Display

Combobox With Custom Display

Categories: Item Plugin
Author: vikram

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Combobox (searchable select list) is a great replacement to the standard select list and autocomplete. It removes the limitation of APEX autocomplete item which can have only one column for display and return. This is easy to configure and easy to use that enables you to add a new value to the drop down list on the fly.

A case in-sensitive search is performed with the entered value for both Lazy Loading and Non Lazy Load. 

Plugin options:

Lazy Loading:  If set to yes, the matching values will be read from the database each time the user types a character. If set to no, all values will be read only once when the page is rendered..

Allow Add New: Chose yes if you want to allow the user to add new values to the list using below PL/SQL Block (Only Available if Lazy Loading is set to Yes)

PL/SQL Code for Add New: Enter the PL/SQL Function Body to populate the new value into database table returning its ID (Only Available if Allow Add New is set to Yes)

Set Value of Combobox Using below syntax:


For Example:


Combobox,plugin,custom display

Date added: 22.5.2012
Views: 10094
Votes: 9
Reviews: 15
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APEX 5.0
by Jozef
on July 15, 2015
Hi vikram,

Thanks for great plugin. Is it possible to make it works in APEX 5.0 ?

Match Type
by Matt
on November 17, 2013
Is their a way to make it MATCH on the search...For example,

VALUE = 'SMI' would return


but would not return


so it is a VALUE% not %VALUE% ?? Thxs
Having trouble logging into demo
by Scott
on October 21, 2013
test/test not working!
Correction double quote
by Baki
on April 24, 2013
In my previous post under 2. shold be

2. if display data contains double quote, they replaced with & quot ; and after selection remains in combo box field

Double quotes "
by Baki
on April 24, 2013
Hi Vikram,

Your plugin is great and I wish to use it in my applications. I've noticed couple issues about double quotes .
1. If search term contains double quote, in chrome developer tools reports error: Uncaught SyntaxError: Unexpected string
2. if display data contains double quote, they replaced with " and after selection remains in combo box field

Scroll issue
by Hrvoje
on April 18, 2013
Hi Vikram,

I have noticed that scrolling inside 'ul' isn't working. Neither on a test/demo page provided, or in my application. The issue seems to be within apex.vcplugin2-ac.min. Widget "ui.menu" is missing "scrollTop" and "scrollHeight" attributes.And manualy adding them into ui.menu _create method doesn't fix the issue.

If you could review the issue, it would be much appreciated.

Combo box return value to submit
by Ramani
on March 28, 2013
i have added this Plugin,i want redirect to set value in another region based on this selected return value.same like Apex LOV Rediect and Set Value ...i try the JS it could not work!
my combo box item P9_DEPT
where MAS_REF_ID=:P9_DEPT;
by vikram
on February 8, 2013
Hi Enny,

Yes you have to use following syntax given in the plugin documentation above.


Set the dynamic action to Execute JavaScript code and enter


Re: Refresh combobox
by E. Wong
on February 8, 2013

I've also added dynamic action: Set Value.
But still ...
Refresh combobox
by E. Wong
on February 8, 2013
Hi Vikram,

I've created a Dynamic Action (action = Refresh) on an item e.g. P18_EMP. When this item change, the combobox P18_COMBO_BOX should immediately refresh. But this doesn't happen.
I think I'll have to use something with javascript code again? Can you please help me out again please.

Thank you very much,
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