How to disable few lines in the QComboBox or change their color?

  • Could you please advise how to change color of few lines in the QComboBox or how to disable them? I mean that all lines in the ComboBox have normal color and are enabled, but only few lines are disabled or at least have another color.

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    Hi and welcome to devnet,

    You can do something like this:

    // e.g. constructor
    QStandardItemModel *model = new QStandardItemModel(5, 1);
    for (int i = 0 ; i < 5 ; ++i {
    model->setItem(i, new QStandardItem(tr("Test %1").arg(i));

    // Disable elements
    QStandardItemModel* model = qobject_cast<QStandardItemModel*>(comboBox->model());

    for (int i = 0 ; i < comboBox->count() ; ++i) {
    QStandardItem *item = model->item(i);

    Hope it helps

    EDIT: Added missing model initialization following André's comment

  • I would not rely on QComboBox using a QStandardItemModel internally. Sure, that may be the case now, but if that's the case, it is a private implementation detail. Instead, I'd simply use my own model (which might be a QStandardItemModel, or perhaps a model that is build directly on top of my data store) on the QComboBox.

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    Indeed, you're right, I forgot to specify that I've set a QStandardItemModel on the combo box in my example.

  • SGaist, thank you very much for your help! :)

    The StandardItemModel is absolutely what I need and schema “model <–> view ” is very interesting in general.

    StandardItemModel has only one weakness against usual qcombobox using. It’s the searching of item by data. Now I can find item only by string:
    //item data structure
    struct ItemData
    int Id;
    QString name;

    //create model and set it to the combo boxes
    QStandardItemModel *model = new QStandardItemModel();

    //insert items
    for (int i = 0 ; i < 5 ; ++i) {
    //item data
    ItemData d;
    d.Id=i; = "Item number" + QString::number(i+1);
    QStandardItem *item = new QStandardItem(;
    item->setEnabled(d.Id != 2);

    //find and remove one item
    QList<QStandardItem*> list = model->findItems("Item number 2");
    if ( !list.isEmpty() ){

    The item searching doesn't look good...
    Is there any way to search model item by data?

  • You could simply iterate over the model yourself. Then, you can compare on any role you want.

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