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TreeView.Nodes Property

Gets the collection of tree nodes that are assigned to the tree view control.

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

public TreeNodeCollection Nodes { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.TreeNodeCollection
A TreeNodeCollection that represents the tree nodes assigned to the tree view control.

The Nodes property holds a collection of TreeNode objects, each of which has a Nodes property that can contain its own TreeNodeCollection. This nesting of tree nodes can make it difficult to navigate a tree structure, but the FullPath property makes it easier to determine your location within the tree structure.

The following code example displays customer information in a TreeView control. The root tree nodes display customer names, and the child tree nodes display the order numbers assigned to each customer. In this example, 1,000 customers are displayed with 15 orders each. The repainting of the TreeView is suppressed by using the BeginUpdate and EndUpdate methods, and a wait Cursor is displayed while the TreeView creates and paints the TreeNode objects. This example requires that you have a Customer object that can hold a collection of Order objects. It also requires that you have created an instance of a TreeView control on a Form.


// The basic Customer class. 
public class Customer : System.Object
{
   private string custName = "";
   protected ArrayList custOrders = new ArrayList();

   public Customer(string customername)
   {
      this.custName = customername;
   }

   public string CustomerName
   {      
      get{return this.custName;}
      set{this.custName = value;}
   }

   public ArrayList CustomerOrders 
   {
      get{return this.custOrders;}
   }

} // End Customer class  


// The basic customer Order class. 
public class Order : System.Object
{
   private string ordID = "";

   public Order(string orderid)
   {
      this.ordID = orderid;
   }

   public string OrderID
   {      
      get{return this.ordID;}
      set{this.ordID = value;}
   }

} // End Order class 

// Create a new ArrayList to hold the Customer objects. 
private ArrayList customerArray = new ArrayList(); 

private void FillMyTreeView()
{
   // Add customers to the ArrayList of Customer objects. 
   for(int x=0; x<1000; x++)
   {
      customerArray.Add(new Customer("Customer" + x.ToString()));
   }

   // Add orders to each Customer object in the ArrayList. 
   foreach(Customer customer1 in customerArray)
   {
      for(int y=0; y<15; y++)
      {
         customer1.CustomerOrders.Add(new Order("Order" + y.ToString()));    
      }
   }

   // Display a wait cursor while the TreeNodes are being created.
   Cursor.Current = new Cursor("MyWait.cur");

   // Suppress repainting the TreeView until all the objects have been created.
   treeView1.BeginUpdate();

   // Clear the TreeView each time the method is called.
   treeView1.Nodes.Clear();

   // Add a root TreeNode for each Customer object in the ArrayList. 
   foreach(Customer customer2 in customerArray)
   {
      treeView1.Nodes.Add(new TreeNode(customer2.CustomerName));

      // Add a child treenode for each Order object in the current Customer object. 
      foreach(Order order1 in customer2.CustomerOrders)
      {
         treeView1.Nodes[customerArray.IndexOf(customer2)].Nodes.Add(
           new TreeNode(customer2.CustomerName + "." + order1.OrderID));
      }
   }

   // Reset the cursor to the default for all controls.
   Cursor.Current = Cursors.Default;

   // Begin repainting the TreeView.
   treeView1.EndUpdate();
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.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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