ListView.HeaderStyle Property

Gets or sets the column header style.

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

property ColumnHeaderStyle HeaderStyle {
	ColumnHeaderStyle get ();
	void set (ColumnHeaderStyle value);
/** @property */
public ColumnHeaderStyle get_HeaderStyle ()

/** @property */
public void set_HeaderStyle (ColumnHeaderStyle value)

public function get HeaderStyle () : ColumnHeaderStyle

public function set HeaderStyle (value : ColumnHeaderStyle)

Property Value

One of the ColumnHeaderStyle values. The default is Clickable.

Exception typeCondition


The value specified is not one of the ColumnHeaderStyle values.

The HeaderStyle property allows you to specify the type of column headers to display when the View property of the ListView control is set to Details and the ListView control has ColumnHeader objects specified in the ListView.ColumnHeaderCollection. ColumnHeader objects define the columns that are displayed in the ListView control. Each column is used to display subitem information for each item in the ListView.

The HeaderStyle property allows you to specify whether the column headers are visible or, if they are visible, whether they will function as clickable buttons. If the HeaderStyle property is set to ColumnHeaderStyle.None, the column headers are not displayed, although the items and subitems of the ListView control are still arranged in columns. If the HeaderStyle property is set to ColumnHeaderStyle.Clickable, the column headers act like buttons that users can click to carry out an action, such as sorting the items in the ListView control using the items in the clicked column as a key. You can implement this behavior in a handler for the ColumnClick event. If the HeaderStyle property is set to ColumnHeaderStyle.Nonclickable, the column headers appear, but cannot be clicked.

The following code example demonstrates a ListView that allows multiple items to be selected. The example demonstrates setting the HideSelection and HeaderStyle properties. It also demonstrates the ColumnHeader.Text, ColumnHeader.TextAlign and ColumnHeader.Width properties. To run this example, paste the following code into a form that contains a ListView object named ListView1 and a TextBox named TextBox1. Call the InitializeListView method from the form's constructor or Load event handler.

// This method adds two columns to the ListView, setting the Text 
// and TextAlign, and Width properties of each ColumnHeader.  The 
// HeaderStyle property is set to NonClickable since the ColumnClick 
// event is not handled.  Finally the method adds ListViewItems and 
// SubItems to each column.
void InitializeListView()
   this->ListView1 = gcnew System::Windows::Forms::ListView;
   this->ListView1->BackColor = System::Drawing::SystemColors::Control;
   this->ListView1->Dock = System::Windows::Forms::DockStyle::Top;
   this->ListView1->Location = System::Drawing::Point( 0, 0 );
   this->ListView1->Name = "ListView1";
   this->ListView1->Size = System::Drawing::Size( 292, 130 );
   this->ListView1->TabIndex = 0;
   this->ListView1->View = System::Windows::Forms::View::Details;
   this->ListView1->MultiSelect = true;
   this->ListView1->HideSelection = false;
   this->ListView1->HeaderStyle = ColumnHeaderStyle::Nonclickable;
   ColumnHeader^ columnHeader1 = gcnew ColumnHeader;
   columnHeader1->Text = "Breakfast Item";
   columnHeader1->TextAlign = HorizontalAlignment::Left;
   columnHeader1->Width = 146;
   ColumnHeader^ columnHeader2 = gcnew ColumnHeader;
   columnHeader2->Text = "Price Each";
   columnHeader2->TextAlign = HorizontalAlignment::Center;
   columnHeader2->Width = 142;
   this->ListView1->Columns->Add( columnHeader1 );
   this->ListView1->Columns->Add( columnHeader2 );
   array<String^>^foodList = {"Juice","Coffee","Cereal & Milk","Fruit Plate","Toast & Jelly","Bagel & Cream Cheese"};
   array<String^>^foodPrice = {"1.09","1.09","2.19","2.49","1.49","1.49"};
   for ( int count = 0; count < foodList->Length; count++ )
      ListViewItem^ listItem = gcnew ListViewItem( foodList[ count ] );
      listItem->SubItems->Add( foodPrice[ count ] );
      ListView1->Items->Add( listItem );

   this->Controls->Add( ListView1 );

// This method adds two columns to the ListView, setting the Text 
// and TextAlign, and Width properties of each ColumnHeader.  The 
// HeaderStyle property is set to NonClickable since the ColumnClick 
// event is not handled.  Finally the method adds ListViewItems and 
// SubItems to each column.
private void InitializeListView()
    this.listView1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ListView();
    this.listView1.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(0, 0));
    this.listView1.set_Size(new System.Drawing.Size(292, 130));

    ColumnHeader columnHeader1 = new ColumnHeader();
    columnHeader1.set_Text("Breakfast Item");

    ColumnHeader columnHeader2 = new ColumnHeader();
    columnHeader2.set_Text("Price Each");


    String foodList[] = new String[] { "Juice", "Coffee", "Cereal & Milk",
        "Fruit Plate", "Toast & Jelly", "Bagel & Cream Cheese" };
    String foodPrice[] = new String[] { "1.09", "1.09", "2.19", "2.49",
        "1.49", "1.49" };

    for (int count = 0; count < foodList.get_Length(); count++) {
        ListViewItem listItem = new ListViewItem(
} //InitializeListView

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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