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ListViewItem.FindNearestItem Method

Finds the next item from the ListViewItem, searching in the specified direction.

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

public ListViewItem FindNearestItem(
	SearchDirectionHint searchDirection


Type: System.Windows.Forms.SearchDirectionHint

One of the SearchDirectionHint values.

Return Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.ListViewItem
The ListViewItem that is closest to the given coordinates, searching in the specified direction.


The View property of the containing ListView is set to a value other than SmallIcon or LargeIcon.

The FindNearestItem method returns null if no item is found in the given direction.

Identifying the nearest item can vary depending on the operating system the application is running on and will affect the results of FindNearestItem.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the FindNearestItem method. To run this example, paste the following code into a Windows Form that contains a ListView named findListView. Ensure that the View property is set to an icon view and that the ListView is populated with items. Associate the MouseDown event of findListView with the findListView_MouseDown method in this example.

void findListView_MouseDown(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
    ListViewHitTestInfo info = findListView.HitTest(e.X, e.Y);
    ListViewItem foundItem = null;
    if (info.Item != null)
        foundItem = info.Item.FindNearestItem(SearchDirectionHint.Up);
    if (foundItem != null)
        label1.Text = "Previous Item: " + foundItem.Text;

        label1.Text = "No item found";

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 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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