ListViewGroup Constructor (String, HorizontalAlignment)


The .NET API Reference documentation has a new home. Visit the .NET API Browser on to see the new experience.

Initializes a new instance of the ListViewGroup class using the specified header text and the specified header alignment.

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

public ListViewGroup(
	string header,
	HorizontalAlignment headerAlignment


Type: System.String

The text to display for the group header.

Type: System.Windows.Forms.HorizontalAlignment

One of the HorizontalAlignment values that specifies the alignment of the header text.

The following code example demonstrates how the ListViewGroup constructor can be used in an application that organizes ListView items by subitem value in the details view. This form of grouping is similar to the grouping used in Windows Explorer. In the example, the groups are created dynamically. For each subitem column, one group is created for each unique subitem value. For the parent item column, one group is created for each unique initial letter. The groups created for each column are stored in a hash table along with the subitem text or initial letter. When a column header is clicked, this text value is used to match items to groups for the appropriate column.

For the complete example, see the ListViewGroup overview reference topic.

// Creates a Hashtable object with one entry for each unique
// subitem value (or initial letter for the parent item)
// in the specified column.
private Hashtable CreateGroupsTable(int column)
    // Create a Hashtable object.
    Hashtable groups = new Hashtable();

    // Iterate through the items in myListView.
    foreach (ListViewItem item in myListView.Items)
        // Retrieve the text value for the column.
        string subItemText = item.SubItems[column].Text;

        // Use the initial letter instead if it is the first column.
        if (column == 0) 
            subItemText = subItemText.Substring(0, 1);

        // If the groups table does not already contain a group
        // for the subItemText value, add a new group using the 
        // subItemText value for the group header and Hashtable key.
        if (!groups.Contains(subItemText))
            groups.Add( subItemText, new ListViewGroup(subItemText, 
                HorizontalAlignment.Left) );

    // Return the Hashtable object.
    return groups;

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
Return to top