I need to preselect an item in a drop down list, but I cannot see how to achieve this using the current or existing methods. I know that if I set the rawValue then it works, but later when I try to retrieve the data from the selected dropdown list item, I get an "Empty" which doesn't help. What it needs is the value,label pair to work correctly. When I manually select an item from the drop down list it works perfectly. But not when I try programtically set it. So now I am wondering if it is possible to set the index for the drop down list, so that it believes it has an item selected, so when I poll it I get the correct value.