string control on form always resizes


I have a form with a string control (lookup). I have set the width property to 45 and Width Mode to Manual so that it has a fixed width.

Initially the value is null so the control just shrinks and it looks ugly, and only when I drop down the lookup does it expand. How do I make it a fixed size even when there is no value?

I got it! I set the DisplayLength property to 60 and that solved it. thanks to a separate thread.