# How To Add Item to DropDownList After DataBind

We often want the first option in a drop-down list to not default to the first item
in the list. Instead we would prefer the option of adding a --Select Item-- at the
top of the asp:DropDownList. After the DataBind, execute an Item.Insert.

ddlAuthor.DataTextField = "FullName";
ddlAuthor.DataValueField = "AuthorID";
ddlAuthor.DataSource = authorDB.GetAuthors();
ddlAuthor.DataBind();
ddlAuthor.Items.Insert(0, "-- Select Author --");
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