Gets the items of the ListBox.
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)
This property enables you to obtain a reference to the list of items that are currently stored in the ListBox. With this reference, you can add items, remove items, and obtain a count of the items in the collection. For more information about the tasks that can be performed with the item collection, see the ListBox.ObjectCollection class reference topics.
You can also manipulate the items of a ListBox by using the DataSource property. If you use the DataSource property to add items to a ListBox, you can view the items in the ListBox using the property but you cannot add or remove items from the list using the methods of the ListBox.ObjectCollection.
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The following code example demonstrates how to create a ListBox control that displays multiple items in columns and can have more than one item selected in the control's list. The code for the example adds 50 items to the ListBox using the Add method of the ListBox.ObjectCollection class and then selects three items from the list using the SetSelected method. The code then displays values from the ListBox.SelectedObjectCollection collection (through the SelectedItems property) and the ListBox.SelectedIndexCollection (through the SelectedIndices property). This example requires that the code is located in and called from a Form.
Private Sub button1_Click(sender As Object, e As System.EventArgs) ' Create an instance of the ListBox. Dim listBox1 As New ListBox() ' Set the size and location of the ListBox. listBox1.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(200, 100) listBox1.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(10, 10) ' Add the ListBox to the form. Me.Controls.Add(listBox1) ' Set the ListBox to display items in multiple columns. listBox1.MultiColumn = True ' Set the selection mode to multiple and extended. listBox1.SelectionMode = SelectionMode.MultiExtended ' Shutdown the painting of the ListBox as items are added. listBox1.BeginUpdate() ' Loop through and add 50 items to the ListBox. Dim x As Integer For x = 1 To 50 listBox1.Items.Add("Item " & x.ToString()) Next x ' Allow the ListBox to repaint and display the new items. listBox1.EndUpdate() ' Select three items from the ListBox. listBox1.SetSelected(1, True) listBox1.SetSelected(3, True) listBox1.SetSelected(5, True) ' Display the second selected item in the ListBox to the console. System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(listBox1.SelectedItems(1).ToString()) ' Display the index of the first selected item in the ListBox. System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(listBox1.SelectedIndices(0).ToString()) End Sub