Join Stack Overflow to learn, share knowledge, and build your career. To add an option to a select box, this will add an option to the end of the option list. How is mate guaranteed - Bobby Fischer 134, Book that I read long ago. so what I want is the selected / highlighted option in the salesrep dropdown list to be Bruce Jones. Answer: Use the jQuery :selected Selector. jQuery code snippet to loop select box options (drop down boxes) in a form to get the values and text for each option, manipulating values in form select boxes. $("#selectBox").append('