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SearchDirectionHint Enumeration

Provides a directional hint of where to search for a ListViewItem.

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

public enum class SearchDirectionHint
public enum SearchDirectionHint
public enum SearchDirectionHint

 Member nameDescription
DownBelow the current item. 
LeftTo the left of the current item 
RightTo the right of the current item. 
UpAbove the current item. 

This enumeration is used by the FindNearestItem methods in the ListView and ListViewItem classes, as well as by the SearchForVirtualItemEventArgs class. Identifying the nearest item in a ListView control can vary depending on the operating system the application is running on; therefore, the search direction is a hint, and not an absolute guarantee of results.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the SearchDirectionHint enumeration. To run this example, paste the following code into a Windows Form and call InitializeLocationSearchListView from the form's constructor or Load event-handling method.

    ListView^ iconListView;
    TextBox^ previousItemBox;

    void InitializeLocationSearchListView()
        previousItemBox = gcnew TextBox();
        iconListView = gcnew ListView();
        previousItemBox->Location = Point(150, 20);

        // Create an image list for the icon ListView.
        iconListView->SmallImageList = gcnew ImageList();

        // Add an image to the ListView small icon list.
            gcnew Bitmap(Control::typeid, "Edit.bmp"));

        // Set the view to small icon and add some items with the image
        // in the image list.
        iconListView->View = View::SmallIcon;
        iconListView->Items->AddRange(gcnew array<ListViewItem^>{
            gcnew ListViewItem("Amy Alberts", 0),
            gcnew ListViewItem("Amy Recker", 0),
            gcnew ListViewItem("Erin Hagens", 0),
            gcnew ListViewItem("Barry Johnson", 0),
            gcnew ListViewItem("Jay Hamlin", 0),
            gcnew ListViewItem("Brian Valentine", 0),
            gcnew ListViewItem("Brian Welker", 0),
            gcnew ListViewItem("Daniel Weisman", 0) });

         // Handle the MouseDown event to capture user input.
         iconListView->MouseDown += gcnew MouseEventHandler(
             this, &Form1::iconListView_MouseDown);

    void iconListView_MouseDown(Object^ sender, MouseEventArgs^ e)
        // Find the next item up from where the user clicked.
        ListViewItem^ foundItem = iconListView->FindNearestItem(
            SearchDirectionHint::Up, e->X, e->Y);

        // Display the results in a textbox..
        if (foundItem != nullptr)
            previousItemBox->Text = foundItem->Text;
            previousItemBox->Text = "No item found";

Windows 98, Windows Server 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 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0