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ItemsControl.Items Property

Gets the collection used to generate the content of the ItemsControl.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation, http://schemas.microsoft.com/netfx/2007/xaml/presentation

<BindableAttribute(True)> _
Public ReadOnly Property Items As ItemCollection

XAML Values


One or more UIElement objects.

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Controls.ItemCollection
The collection that is used to generate the content of the ItemsControl. The default is an empty collection.

This property may be used to add items to an ItemsControl. Adding a child to an ItemsControl object implicitly adds it to the ItemCollection for the ItemsControl object.


This property can only be set in Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) via the collection syntax shown, or by accessing the collection object and using its various methods such as Add. The property to access the collection object itself is read-only, and the collection itself is read-write.

Note that you use either the Items or the ItemsSource property to specify the collection that should be used to generate the content of your ItemsControl. When the ItemsSource property is set, the Items collection is made read-only and fixed-size.

When ItemsSource is in use, setting the ItemsSource property to Nothing removes the collection and restores usage to Items, which will be an empty ItemCollection.

The following examples demonstrate binding data to an ItemsControl. The first example creates a class called MyData that is a simple string collection.

Public Class MyData
    Inherits ObservableCollection(Of String)

    Public Sub New()  '

        Add("Item 1")
        Add("Item 2")
        Add("Item 3")

    End Sub 'New 
End Class 'MyData

The following example binds the ItemsSource object of an ItemsControl to MyData.

<!--Create an instance of MyData as a resource.-->
<src:MyData x:Key="dataList"/>


<ListBox ItemsSource="{Binding Source={StaticResource dataList}}"/>
Dim listBox1 As New ListBox()
Dim listData As New MyData()
Dim binding1 As New Binding()

binding1.Source = listData
listBox1.SetBinding(ListBox.ItemsSourceProperty, binding1)

The following illustration shows the ListBox control created in the previous example.


The following example demonstrates how to populate an ItemsControl by using the Items property. The example adds the following different types of items to the ListBox:

<!--Create a ListBox that contains a string, a Rectangle,
     a Panel, and a DateTime object. These items can be accessed
     via the Items property.-->
<ListBox xmlns:sys="clr-namespace:System;assembly=mscorlib"

  <!-- The <ListBox.Items> element is implicitly used.-->
  This is a string in a ListBox

  <sys:DateTime>2004/3/4 13:6:55</sys:DateTime>

  <Rectangle Height="40" Width="40"  Fill="Blue"/>

  <StackPanel Name="itemToSelect">
    <Ellipse Height="40" Fill="Blue"/>
    <TextBlock>Text below an Ellipse</TextBlock>

  <TextBlock>String in a TextBlock</TextBlock>
' Create a Button with a string as its content.
listBox1.Items.Add("This is a string in a ListBox")

' Create a Button with a DateTime object as its content. 
Dim dateTime1 As New DateTime(2004, 3, 4, 13, 6, 55)


' Create a Button with a single UIElement as its content. 
Dim rect1 As New Rectangle()
rect1.Width = 40
rect1.Height = 40
rect1.Fill = Brushes.Blue

' Create a Button with a panel that contains multiple objects  
' as its content. 
Dim ellipse1 As New Ellipse()
Dim textBlock1 As New TextBlock()

ellipse1.Width = 40
ellipse1.Height = 40
ellipse1.Fill = Brushes.Blue

textBlock1.TextAlignment = TextAlignment.Center
textBlock1.Text = "Text below an Ellipse"



The following illustration shows the ListBox created in the previous example.

ListBox with four types of content

Note that the ItemCollection is a view, so you can use the view-related functionalities such as sorting, filtering, and grouping.

For example, if you have an instance of a ListBox, myListBox, you can do the following to sort the content of the ListBox. In this example, Content is the name of the property to sort by.

			myListBox.Items.SortDescriptions.Add(New SortDescription("Content", ListSortDirection.Descending))

Note that when you do this, if the control is bound to a collection directly, the default collection view is used, and the sort criteria are applied to all other controls bound to the same collection directly. The view will not be the default view if the ItemsSource property is bound to a CollectionViewSource.

If your ItemsControl is bound directly to a collection, then you can do the following to get the default view:

		Private myView As CollectionView


			myView = CType(CollectionViewSource.GetDefaultView(myItemsControl.ItemsSource), CollectionView)

Alternately, you can specify filtering, sorting, and grouping criteria in XAML or code by using a CollectionViewSource.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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