I am trying to get a drop down option on my VF page with below code:

<apex:page controller="sampleCon">
    <apex:form >
        <apex:selectList value="{!countries}" multiselect="true">
            <apex:selectOptions value="{!items}"/>

        <apex:commandButton value="Test" action="{!test}" rerender="out" status="status"/>

    <apex:outputPanel id="out">
        <apex:actionstatus id="status" startText="testing...">
            <apex:facet name="stop">
                <apex:outputPanel >
                    <p>You have selected:</p>
                    <apex:dataList value="{!countries}" var="c">{!c}</apex:dataList>


public class sampleCon {
    String[] countries = new String[]{};

    public PageReference test() {
        return null;

    public List<SelectOption> getItems() {
        List<SelectOption> options = new List<SelectOption>();
        options.add(new SelectOption('US','US'));
        options.add(new SelectOption('CANADA','Canada'));
        options.add(new SelectOption('MEXICO','Mexico'));
        options.add(new SelectOption('GERMANY','GERMANY'));

        return options;

    public String[] getCountries() {
        return countries;

    public void setCountries(String[] countries) {
        this.countries = countries;

But I see something like below instead of a picklist kind of field:

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How to get this as a drop down list or like a picklist field?


You need to set size="1".

<apex:selectList size="1" ...>

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