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Detect whether the value change happened by manual or programmatic

You can check about whether value change happened by manual or programmatic by using change event argument that argument name is isInteracted.

The following example demonstrate, how to check whether value change happened by manual or programmatic.

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index.js
index.html
var sportsData = [
    { Id: 'game1', Game: 'Badminton' },
    { Id: 'game2', Game: 'Football' },
    { Id: 'game3', Game: 'Tennis' }
];
//initiate the DropDownList
var dropDownListObject = new ej.dropdowns.DropDownList({
    // bind the sports Data to datasource property
    dataSource: sportsData,
    // maps the appropriate column to fields property
    fields: { text: 'Game', value: 'Id' },
    //set the placeholder to DropDownList input
    placeholder: "Select a game",
    // bind change event handler
    change: onChange
});
//render the component
dropDownListObject.appendTo('#ddlelement');
 
// Set value dynamically
document.getElementById('btn').onclick = () => {
    dropDownListObject.value = 'game3';
};
function onChange(args) {
    var element = document.createElement('p');
    if (args.isInteracted) {
        element.innerText = 'Changes happened by Interaction';
    }
    else {
        element.innerText = 'Changes happened by programmatic';
    }
    document.getElementById('event').append(element);
}
<!DOCTYPE html><html lang="en"><head>
    <title>Essential JS 2 DropDownList</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <meta name="description" content="Typescript UI Controls">
    <meta name="author" content="Syncfusion">
    <link href="styles.css" rel="stylesheet">
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/ej2-base/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet">
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/ej2-inputs/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet">
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/ej2-dropdowns/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet">
    
    
<script src="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/dist/ej2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</head>

<body>
    
    <div id="container" style="margin:0 auto; width:250px;">
        <br>
        <input type="text" id="ddlelement">
    </div>
    <button id="btn" class="e-control e-btn"> Set value dynamically </button>
    <p id="event"> </p>


<script>
var ele = document.getElementById('container');
if(ele) {
    ele.style.visibility = "visible";
 }   
        </script>
<script src="index.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</body></html>