Click here to Skip to main content
Click here to Skip to main content

Auto-resize list view using a shortcut trick

, 11 Sep 2003
Rate this:
Please Sign up or sign in to vote.
This is a little trick to auto-resize the columns width of a listview with only one line of code

<!------------------------------- STEP 3 ---------------------------><!-- Add the article text. Please use simple formatting (


etc) -->


Windows has many shortcuts, but there is one very interesting to auto-resize the columns width of any grid, CTRL and "+" of the numeric pad. To try this feature try to set focus to the list view of Explorer (for example by selecting a file) and then press the CTRL button and the "+" button of the numeric pad, you'see columns moving untill them are perfectly sized so there's no text hided by their little width. So I tought, can I use this feature into my programs ? And this is what I done.

Using the code

Now, to send keystrokes to the active application you have to use the SendKeys.Send function. The code of the CTRL character is "^", while the plus sign is equal to {+}.

SendKeys.Send ("^{+}");

Demo project

The demo project is a simple program to search any file trought the directory tree and I used these lines of code to resize the column of the listview:
if (chkResizeGrid.Checked)
    SendKeys.Send ("^{+}");

I have to set the focus to the grid so I'm sure that the next instruction, the Send function, will be received by the listview. Sorry, but in the demo project all the text and comments are in italian.


This is a little trick by Francesco Natali.


This article has no explicit license attached to it but may contain usage terms in the article text or the download files themselves. If in doubt please contact the author via the discussion board below.

A list of licenses authors might use can be found here


About the Author

Francesco Natali
Web Developer
Italy Italy
No Biography provided

Comments and Discussions

QuestionResize the column width with Javascript and Norefresh,What can i do? Pinmemberbluelins11-Jan-07 16:52 
GeneralCool thing PinmemberGevik Babakhani9-Oct-03 13:09 
GeneralDemo Programm can't be found PinmemberPalm Kevin5-Sep-03 0:59 
GeneralRe: Demo Programm can't be found PinmemberFrancesco Natali12-Sep-03 1:41 
GeneralRe: Demo Programm can't be found PinmemberCool Smith6-Jun-11 22:34 
GeneralWhat's wrong with... PinmemberDaniel Turini5-Aug-03 8:26 
GeneralRe: What's wrong with... PinmemberJerry Maguire5-Aug-03 17:55 
GeneralRe: What's wrong with... PinmemberNazeeh12-Sep-03 17:46 
GeneralRe: What's wrong with... PinmemberWolfgang Kleinschmit17-Sep-03 2:54 
GeneralRe: What's wrong with... PinmemberAdie_xp10-Nov-04 1:12 
GeneralRe: What's wrong with... PinmemberSynetech28-Dec-11 9:16 

General General    News News    Suggestion Suggestion    Question Question    Bug Bug    Answer Answer    Joke Joke    Rant Rant    Admin Admin   

Use Ctrl+Left/Right to switch messages, Ctrl+Up/Down to switch threads, Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right to switch pages.

| Advertise | Privacy | Terms of Use | Mobile
Web01 | 2.8.141223.1 | Last Updated 12 Sep 2003
Article Copyright 2003 by Francesco Natali
Everything else Copyright © CodeProject, 1999-2014
Layout: fixed | fluid