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drop-down list: no default item ignored

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I have a drop-down list with "none" for the default value, but when previewed, the first item in the list is the default.<br /><br />And if "Allow Custom Text Entry" is selected so I can add something as the default which is not on the list (for example "<please select>"), it still uses the first item on the list as the default.<br /><br />Am I missing something simple here? Why is it not allowing a default of <none>?
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I found a work-around...



I make the first item in the list a space (hit the spacebar once). Turn on Specify Item Value. Then check (on events Exit and MouseExit) for that numerical value. If found, popup a window asking for a selection.



But this shouldn't be necessary. Is there a simpler way?