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ListView.OwnerDraw Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the ListView control is drawn by the operating system or by code that you provide.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public bool OwnerDraw { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the ListView control is drawn by code that you provide; false if the ListView control is drawn by the operating system. The default is false.

A ListView control is normally drawn by the operating system. In order to customize the appearance of ListView items, subitems, and column headers, set the OwnerDraw property to true and provide a handler for one or more of the following events: DrawItem, DrawSubItem, DrawColumnHeader. This is called owner drawing. When the View property is set to View.Details, all three events occur; otherwise, only the DrawItem event occurs.

NoteNote

Subitem information typically appears in the tile view as well as the details view, but in the tile view, it must be drawn in a handler for the DrawItem event. The DrawSubItem event does not occur for any subitems for which no ColumnHeader object has been added to the Columns collection. Note also that the first subitem of each ListViewItem object represents the parent item itself, and is displayed in the first column.

In the details view, you can handle the DrawItem event to draw elements common to all subitems, such as the background, and handle the DrawSubItem event to draw elements for individual subitems, such as text values. You can also draw all items in the ListView control using only one of the two events, although this may be less convenient. To draw column headers in the details view, you must handle the DrawColumnHeader event.

NoteNote

To avoid issues with graphics flickering when owner drawing, override the ListView control and set the DoubleBuffered property to true.

For more information about handling events, see Handling and Raising Events.

The following code example demonstrates how to provide custom drawing for a ListView control. The ListView control in the example has a gradient background. Subitems with negative values have a red foreground and a black background.

A handler for the DrawItem event draws the background for entire items. A handler for the DrawSubItem event draws the text values and both the text and background for subitems that have negative values. A handler for the DrawColumnHeader event draws each column header.

A ContextMenu component provides a way to switch between the details view and the list view. In the list view, only the DrawItem event is raised. In this case, the text and background are both drawn in the DrawItem event handler.

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Drawing.Drawing2D;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Windows.Forms;

public class ListViewOwnerDraw : Form
{
    private ListView listView1 = new ListView();
    private ContextMenu contextMenu1 = new ContextMenu();

    public ListViewOwnerDraw()
    {
        // Initialize the ListView control.
        listView1.BackColor = Color.Black;
        listView1.ForeColor = Color.White;
        listView1.Dock = DockStyle.Fill;
        listView1.View = View.Details;
        listView1.FullRowSelect = true;

        // Add columns to the ListView control.
        listView1.Columns.Add("Name", 100, HorizontalAlignment.Center);
        listView1.Columns.Add("First", 100, HorizontalAlignment.Center);
        listView1.Columns.Add("Second", 100, HorizontalAlignment.Center);
        listView1.Columns.Add("Third", 100, HorizontalAlignment.Center);

        // Create items and add them to the ListView control.
        ListViewItem listViewItem1 = new ListViewItem(new string[] { "One", "20", "30", "-40" }, -1);
        ListViewItem listViewItem2 = new ListViewItem(new string[] { "Two", "-250", "145", "37" }, -1);
        ListViewItem listViewItem3 = new ListViewItem(new string[] { "Three", "200", "800", "-1,001" }, -1);
        ListViewItem listViewItem4 = new ListViewItem(new string[] { "Four", "not available", "-2", "100" }, -1);
        listView1.Items.AddRange(new ListViewItem[] { listViewItem1, listViewItem2, listViewItem3, listViewItem4 });

        // Initialize the shortcut menu and  
        // assign it to the ListView control.
        contextMenu1.MenuItems.Add("List",
            new EventHandler(menuItemList_Click));
        contextMenu1.MenuItems.Add("Details",
            new EventHandler(menuItemDetails_Click));
        listView1.ContextMenu = contextMenu1;

        // Configure the ListView control for owner-draw and add  
        // handlers for the owner-draw events.
        listView1.OwnerDraw = true;
        listView1.DrawItem += new
            DrawListViewItemEventHandler(listView1_DrawItem);
        listView1.DrawSubItem += new
            DrawListViewSubItemEventHandler(listView1_DrawSubItem);
        listView1.DrawColumnHeader += new
            DrawListViewColumnHeaderEventHandler(listView1_DrawColumnHeader);

        // Add a handler for the MouseUp event so an item can be  
        // selected by clicking anywhere along its width.
        listView1.MouseUp += new MouseEventHandler(listView1_MouseUp);

        // Add handlers for various events to compensate for an  
        // extra DrawItem event that occurs the first time the mouse  
        // moves over each row. 
        listView1.MouseMove += new MouseEventHandler(listView1_MouseMove);
        listView1.ColumnWidthChanged += new ColumnWidthChangedEventHandler(listView1_ColumnWidthChanged);
        listView1.Invalidated += new InvalidateEventHandler(listView1_Invalidated);

        // Initialize the form and add the ListView control to it. 
        this.ClientSize = new Size(450, 150);
        this.FormBorderStyle = FormBorderStyle.FixedSingle;
        this.MaximizeBox = false;
        this.Text = "ListView OwnerDraw Example";
        this.Controls.Add(listView1);
    }

    // Clean up any resources being used.         
    protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
    {
        if (disposing)
        {
            contextMenu1.Dispose();
        }
        base.Dispose(disposing);
    }

    [STAThread]
    static void Main()
    {
        Application.EnableVisualStyles();
        Application.Run(new ListViewOwnerDraw());
    }

    // Sets the ListView control to the List view. 
    private void menuItemList_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        listView1.View = View.List;
        listView1.Invalidate();
    }

    // Sets the ListView control to the Details view. 
    private void menuItemDetails_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        listView1.View = View.Details;

        // Reset the tag on each item to re-enable the workaround in 
        // the MouseMove event handler. 
        foreach (ListViewItem item in listView1.Items)
        {
            item.Tag = null;
        }
    }

    // Selects and focuses an item when it is clicked anywhere along  
    // its width. The click must normally be on the parent item text. 
    private void listView1_MouseUp(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
    {
        ListViewItem clickedItem = listView1.GetItemAt(5, e.Y);
        if (clickedItem != null)
        {
            clickedItem.Selected = true;
            clickedItem.Focused = true;
        }
    }

    // Draws the backgrounds for entire ListView items. 
    private void listView1_DrawItem(object sender,
        DrawListViewItemEventArgs e)
    {
        if ((e.State & ListViewItemStates.Selected) != 0)
        {
            // Draw the background and focus rectangle for a selected item.
            e.Graphics.FillRectangle(Brushes.Maroon, e.Bounds);
            e.DrawFocusRectangle();
        }
        else
        {
            // Draw the background for an unselected item. 
            using (LinearGradientBrush brush =
                new LinearGradientBrush(e.Bounds, Color.Orange,
                Color.Maroon, LinearGradientMode.Horizontal))
            {
                e.Graphics.FillRectangle(brush, e.Bounds);
            }
        }

        // Draw the item text for views other than the Details view. 
        if (listView1.View != View.Details)
        {
            e.DrawText();
        }
    }

    // Draws subitem text and applies content-based formatting. 
    private void listView1_DrawSubItem(object sender,
        DrawListViewSubItemEventArgs e)
    {
        TextFormatFlags flags = TextFormatFlags.Left;

        using (StringFormat sf = new StringFormat())
        {
            // Store the column text alignment, letting it default 
            // to Left if it has not been set to Center or Right. 
            switch (e.Header.TextAlign)
            {
                case HorizontalAlignment.Center:
                    sf.Alignment = StringAlignment.Center;
                    flags = TextFormatFlags.HorizontalCenter;
                    break;
                case HorizontalAlignment.Right:
                    sf.Alignment = StringAlignment.Far;
                    flags = TextFormatFlags.Right;
                    break;
            }

            // Draw the text and background for a subitem with a  
            // negative value.  
            double subItemValue;
            if (e.ColumnIndex > 0 && Double.TryParse(
                e.SubItem.Text, NumberStyles.Currency,
                NumberFormatInfo.CurrentInfo, out subItemValue) &&
                subItemValue < 0)
            {
                // Unless the item is selected, draw the standard  
                // background to make it stand out from the gradient. 
                if ((e.ItemState & ListViewItemStates.Selected) == 0)
                {
                    e.DrawBackground();
                }

                // Draw the subitem text in red to highlight it. 
                e.Graphics.DrawString(e.SubItem.Text,
                    listView1.Font, Brushes.Red, e.Bounds, sf);

                return;
            }

            // Draw normal text for a subitem with a nonnegative  
            // or nonnumerical value.
            e.DrawText(flags);
        }
    }

    // Draws column headers. 
    private void listView1_DrawColumnHeader(object sender,
        DrawListViewColumnHeaderEventArgs e)
    {
        using (StringFormat sf = new StringFormat())
        {
            // Store the column text alignment, letting it default 
            // to Left if it has not been set to Center or Right. 
            switch (e.Header.TextAlign)
            {
                case HorizontalAlignment.Center:
                    sf.Alignment = StringAlignment.Center;
                    break;
                case HorizontalAlignment.Right:
                    sf.Alignment = StringAlignment.Far;
                    break;
            }

            // Draw the standard header background.
            e.DrawBackground();

            // Draw the header text. 
            using (Font headerFont =
                        new Font("Helvetica", 10, FontStyle.Bold))
            {
                e.Graphics.DrawString(e.Header.Text, headerFont,
                    Brushes.Black, e.Bounds, sf);
            }
        }
        return;
    }

    // Forces each row to repaint itself the first time the mouse moves over  
    // it, compensating for an extra DrawItem event sent by the wrapped  
    // Win32 control. This issue occurs each time the ListView is invalidated. 
    private void listView1_MouseMove(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
    {
        ListViewItem item = listView1.GetItemAt(e.X, e.Y);
        if (item != null && item.Tag == null)
        {
            listView1.Invalidate(item.Bounds);
            item.Tag = "tagged";
        }
    }

    // Resets the item tags.  
    void listView1_Invalidated(object sender, InvalidateEventArgs e)
    {
        foreach (ListViewItem item in listView1.Items)
        {
            if (item == null) return;
            item.Tag = null;
        }
    }

    // Forces the entire control to repaint if a column width is changed. 
    void listView1_ColumnWidthChanged(object sender, 
        ColumnWidthChangedEventArgs e)
    {
        listView1.Invalidate();
    }

}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.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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