Asp.net-mvc – ASP.NET MVC dropdown with a default empty option

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Is there a way to include a default empty option (or with text) if there is no selected value for a dropdownlist?

Best Solution

The below will prepend string.Empty to the SelectList (or IEnumerable) specified in the ViewData["Menu"] item. The select will have id and name MenuID.

<%= Html.DropDownList( "MenuID",
                      (IEnumerable<SelectListItem>)ViewData["Menu"],
                      string.Empty ) %>

Documentation: DropDownList method