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Alternating the Appearance of Items

Visual Studio 2008

Updated: July 2008

This example demonstrates how to alternate the appearance of items in a ListBox and a Treeview by using the AlternationConverter and the ItemsControl.AlternationIndex attached property. The ListBox groups its items, and both the GroupItem headings and the items in the ListBox have alternating appearances. You can alternate the appearance of the GroupItem heading and items in the ListBox independently of each other.

The items in the TreeView have a different appearance in each level of the TreeView. In the first level, all items are bold. In the second level, the items alternate between italicized text and normal text. In the third level, the backgrounds of the items alternate among three colors.

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  • Install the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) and open its build environment command window. On the Start menu, point to All Programs, Microsoft Windows SDK, and then click CMD Shell.

  • Download the sample, usually from the software development kit (SDK) documentation, to your hard disk drive.

  • To build the sample from the build environment command window, go to the source directory of the sample. At the command prompt, type MSBUILD.

  • To build the sample in Microsoft Visual Studio, load the sample solution or project file and then press CTRL+SHIFT+B.

  • To run the compiled sample from the build environment command window, execute the .exe file in the Bin\Debug or Bin\Release folder contained under the sample source code folder.

  • To run the compiled sample with debugging in Visual Studio, press F5.




July 2008

Added a sample to demonstrate the new alternation feature.

SP1 feature change.