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ListView.MultiSelect Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether multiple items can be selected.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in system.windows.forms.dll)

public bool MultiSelect { get; set; }
/** @property */
public boolean get_MultiSelect ()

/** @property */
public void set_MultiSelect (boolean value)

public function get MultiSelect () : boolean

public function set MultiSelect (value : boolean)

Property Value

true if multiple items in the control can be selected at one time; otherwise, false. The default is true.

When the MultiSelect property is set to true, multiple items can be selected in the ListView control. To select multiple items, the user must hold down the CTRL key while clicking the items to select. Consecutive items can be selected by clicking the first item to select and then, while holding down the SHIFT key, clicking the last item to select. You can use the multiple selection feature to select multiple items in the ListView control and perform an operation on all the items selected. For example, the user could select multiple items and then right-click a selected item to display a shortcut menu that displays a set of tasks that can be performed on the selected items.

To determine which items are selected in the ListView control, use the SelectedItems property. The SelectedItems property allows you to access the ListView.SelectedListViewItemCollection that contains a list of the selected items. If you want the index positions in the ListView.ListViewItemCollection instead of the items, you can use the SelectedIndices property to access the ListView.SelectedIndexCollection.

If you do not want to allow multiple selections in the ListView, yet still want to offer the user a way for multiple items to be chosen, you can display check boxes by setting the CheckBoxes property to true.

The following code example demonstrates a ListView that allows multiple items to be selected. The example demonstrates setting the HideSelection and HeaderStyle properties. To run this example, paste the following code into a form that contains a ListView object named ListView1 and a TextBox named TextBox1. Call the InitializeListView method from the form's constructor or Load method.

// This method adds two columns to the ListView, setting the Text 
// and TextAlign, and Width properties of each ColumnHeader.  The 
// HeaderStyle property is set to NonClickable since the ColumnClick 
// event is not handled.  Finally the method adds ListViewItems and 
// SubItems to each column.
private void InitializeListView()
{
    this.ListView1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ListView();
    this.ListView1.BackColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.Control;
    this.ListView1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Top;
    this.ListView1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(0, 0);
    this.ListView1.Name = "ListView1";
    this.ListView1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(292, 130);
    this.ListView1.TabIndex = 0;
    this.ListView1.View = System.Windows.Forms.View.Details;
    this.ListView1.MultiSelect = true;
    this.ListView1.HideSelection = false;
    this.ListView1.HeaderStyle = ColumnHeaderStyle.Nonclickable;
    
    ColumnHeader columnHeader1 = new ColumnHeader();
    columnHeader1.Text = "Breakfast Item";
    columnHeader1.TextAlign = HorizontalAlignment.Left;
    columnHeader1.Width = 146;

     ColumnHeader columnHeader2 = new ColumnHeader();
    columnHeader2.Text = "Price Each";
    columnHeader2.TextAlign = HorizontalAlignment.Center;
    columnHeader2.Width = 142;
  
    this.ListView1.Columns.Add(columnHeader1);
    this.ListView1.Columns.Add(columnHeader2);

    string[] foodList = new string[]{"Juice", "Coffee", 
        "Cereal & Milk", "Fruit Plate", "Toast & Jelly", 
        "Bagel & Cream Cheese"};
    string[] foodPrice = new string[]{"1.09", "1.09", "2.19", 
        "2.49", "1.49", "1.49"};
    
    for(int count=0; count < foodList.Length; count++)
    {
        ListViewItem listItem = new ListViewItem(foodList[count]);
        listItem.SubItems.Add(foodPrice[count]);
        ListView1.Items.Add(listItem);
    }
    this.Controls.Add(ListView1);
}


// This method adds two columns to the ListView, setting the Text 
// and TextAlign, and Width properties of each ColumnHeader.  The 
// HeaderStyle property is set to NonClickable since the ColumnClick 
// event is not handled.  Finally the method adds ListViewItems and 
// SubItems to each column.
private void InitializeListView()
{
    this.listView1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ListView();
    this.listView1.set_BackColor(
        System.Drawing.SystemColors.get_Control());
    this.listView1.set_Dock(System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Top);
    this.listView1.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(0, 0));
    this.listView1.set_Name("listView1");
    this.listView1.set_Size(new System.Drawing.Size(292, 130));
    this.listView1.set_TabIndex(0);
    this.listView1.set_View(System.Windows.Forms.View.Details);
    this.listView1.set_MultiSelect(true);
    this.listView1.set_HideSelection(false);
    this.listView1.set_HeaderStyle(ColumnHeaderStyle.Nonclickable);

    ColumnHeader columnHeader1 = new ColumnHeader();
    columnHeader1.set_Text("Breakfast Item");
    columnHeader1.set_TextAlign(HorizontalAlignment.Left);
    columnHeader1.set_Width(146);

    ColumnHeader columnHeader2 = new ColumnHeader();
    columnHeader2.set_Text("Price Each");
    columnHeader2.set_TextAlign(HorizontalAlignment.Center);
    columnHeader2.set_Width(142);

    this.listView1.get_Columns().Add(columnHeader1);
    this.listView1.get_Columns().Add(columnHeader2);

    String foodList[] = new String[] { "Juice", "Coffee", "Cereal & Milk",
        "Fruit Plate", "Toast & Jelly", "Bagel & Cream Cheese" };
    String foodPrice[] = new String[] { "1.09", "1.09", "2.19", "2.49",
        "1.49", "1.49" };

    for (int count = 0; count < foodList.get_Length(); count++) {
        ListViewItem listItem = new ListViewItem(
            foodList.get_Item(count).ToString());
        listItem.get_SubItems().Add(foodPrice.get_Item(count).ToString());
        listView1.get_Items().Add(listItem);
    }
    this.get_Controls().Add(listView1);
} //InitializeListView

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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