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ListBox::GetSelected Method

Returns a value indicating whether the specified item is selected.

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

bool GetSelected(
	int index


Type: System::Int32

The zero-based index of the item that determines whether it is selected.

Return Value

Type: System::Boolean
true if the specified item is currently selected in the ListBox; otherwise, false.


The index parameter is less than zero or greater than or equal to the value of the Count property of the ListBox::ObjectCollection class.

You can use this method to quickly determine whether a specified item is selected. This method is useful when a specific operation needs to be performed when a specific item in a multiple-selection ListBox is selected.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the GetSelected method to determine which items in a ListBox are selected in order to select the items that are not selected and deselect the items that are selected. The example also demonstrates using the SelectionMode property to enable a ListBox to have more than one selected item and uses the Sorted property to demonstrate how to sort items in a ListBox automatically. This example requires that a ListBox, named listBox1, has been added to a form and that the InitializeMyListBox method defined in the example is called from the Load event of the form.

   void InitializeMyListBox()
      // Add items to the ListBox.
      listBox1->Items->Add( "A" );
      listBox1->Items->Add( "C" );
      listBox1->Items->Add( "E" );
      listBox1->Items->Add( "F" );
      listBox1->Items->Add( "G" );
      listBox1->Items->Add( "D" );
      listBox1->Items->Add( "B" );

      // Sort all items added previously.
      listBox1->Sorted = true;

      // Set the SelectionMode to select multiple items.
      listBox1->SelectionMode = SelectionMode::MultiExtended;

      // Select three initial items from the list.
      listBox1->SetSelected( 0, true );
      listBox1->SetSelected( 2, true );
      listBox1->SetSelected( 4, true );

      // Force the ListBox to scroll back to the top of the list.
      listBox1->TopIndex = 0;

   void InvertMySelection()
      // Loop through all items the ListBox. 
      for ( int x = 0; x < listBox1->Items->Count; x++ )
         // Select all items that are not selected, 
         // deselect all items that are selected.
         listBox1->SetSelected( x,  !listBox1->GetSelected( x ) );
      listBox1->TopIndex = 0;

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1
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