ListBox.MultiColumn Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the ListBox supports multiple columns.

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

public bool MultiColumn { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the ListBox supports multiple columns; otherwise, false. The default is false.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

A multicolumn ListBox cannot have a variable-sized height.

A multicolumn ListBox places items into as many columns as are needed to make vertical scrolling unnecessary. The user can use the keyboard to navigate to columns that are not currently visible. Set the HorizontalScrollbar property to true to display a horizontal scroll bar that enables the user to scroll to columns that are not currently shown in the visible region of the ListBox. The value of the ColumnWidth property determines the width of each column.

The following code example demonstrates a simple two-column ListBox.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;

public class Form1 : Form
{
    private ListBox listBox1;

    public Form1()
    {
        InitializeComponent();
    }
    [STAThread]
    static void Main()
    {
        Application.EnableVisualStyles();
        Application.SetCompatibleTextRenderingDefault(false);
        Application.Run(new Form1());
    }

    private void InitializeComponent()
    {
        this.listBox1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ListBox();
        this.SuspendLayout();
        //  
        // listBox1 
        //  
        this.listBox1.FormattingEnabled = true;
        this.listBox1.HorizontalScrollbar = true;
        this.listBox1.Items.AddRange(new object[] {
            "Item 1, column 1",
            "Item 2, column 1",
            "Item 3, column 1",
            "Item 4, column 1",
            "Item 5, column 1",
            "Item 1, column 2",
            "Item 2, column 2",
            "Item 3, column 2"});
        this.listBox1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(0, 0);
        this.listBox1.MultiColumn = true;
        this.listBox1.Name = "listBox1";
        this.listBox1.ScrollAlwaysVisible = true;
        this.listBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(120, 95);
        this.listBox1.TabIndex = 0;
        this.listBox1.ColumnWidth = 85;
        //  
        // Form1 
        //  
        this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(292, 273);
        this.Controls.Add(this.listBox1);
        this.Name = "Form1";
        this.ResumeLayout(false);

    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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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