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im trying to set a DefaultValue for my custom webpart property..

namespace Beraterprofil.VisualWebPart1
    public class VisualWebPart1 : WebPart
        private string _sectionToRead = "CV";

        [WebBrowsable(true), Category("Miscellaneous"), Personalizable(PersonalizationScope.Shared),
            WebDisplayName("Welche Sektion soll gelesen werden?"), DefaultValue("CV")]
         public string sectionToRead
             get { return _sectionToRead; }
             set { _sectionToRead = value; }            

This is how i programmed it so far. What really confuses me is when i'm debugging this my sectionToRead string always displays "SPS-Section-ContactInfo" and i can't figure out from where he gets this string value..

Display of the Debug

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AFAIK, DefaultValue attribute won't work for webpart properties.

You can use .webpart file for setting default values to your properties. You will need to add new <property> element under <properties> tag, like following:

<property name="sectionToRead" type="string">CV</property>
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i had used the string "SPS-Section-ContactInfo" yesterday for testing purposes and apparently it has been stored inside sharepoint and since then every time it has produced an server error so i wasn't able to change the custom property to a value which won't produce an error.. –  Peter Oct 14 '11 at 11:55
Webpart property is an attribute of the webpart instance, which you has added to a webpart page somewhere on the site. So, you can basically remove your webpart instance from the particular page (using ?contents=1 query string), and when you add it again, new webpart instance will be created, and default values will be applied. –  Andrey Markeev Oct 14 '11 at 16:12
Right, I was going to mention that if you change the value... it will never use the default again. –  Kit Menke Oct 14 '11 at 20:19

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