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The TreeListView To End All TreeListViews

, 10 Jun 2008
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An extensible, hybrid Listview/TreeListView control

Download Notes

  • WinControls.ListView.Components - Components only for those of you who don't want to mess around
  • WinControls.TreeListView - Source Code for the control
  • WinControls.TreeListViewSample - Sample project using the new control


I actually started this code about four years ago when I needed a ListView/TreeListView combination control for a project I was working on. I soon discovered Jon Rista's article (listed below) here on CodeProject and I was off and running. I felt I could build upon his initial idea and with a little help from what others have written (also listed below) and my own ideas, I started it. Unfortunately, the project I was on folded but not the control itself. I continued the work and have been working on it here and there and now have finally gotten around to putting it on CodeProject.

I hope you all find this control useful. Invariably there will be issues, errors or better ways to do things when coding is involved. I am always open to new ideas and designs on my code so don't be afraid to let me know about it. If anyone has any issues, ideas or critiques you can post on the message board and hopefully I'll get to it ASAP.

Control Highlights

  • Comes with a fully documented help file generated by SandCastle (Sandcastle .shfb file included in project for future development)
  • Code is fully commented for Intellisense support
  • Full Design-Time support (including Columns - just click on them in the IDE)
  • Default Drag-n-Drop functionality built in (just turn it on)
  • Default sorting
  • Default folder images if you don't add your own
  • Icon support for columns
  • Checkbox/RadioButton support for the ContainerListView and TreeListView
  • Ability to show/hide individual Checkboxes/RadioButtons
  • Ability to enable/disable individual CheckBoxes/RadioButtons
  • Hidden columns
  • Column/Row Tracking
  • Export the control to XML and import it back in
  • Export the entire control or just the nodes
  • GridLine functionality for the ContainerListView and TreeListView controls
  • Separate ContextMenu for the Columns
  • On the fly support for editing individual ContainerListViewItems, ContainerListViewSubItems, and TreeListNodes
  • Support for changing the color of multiple properties of both controls, including GridLines, RootLines, Highlight color, etc...
  • Ability to show/hide RootLines, ChildLines, GridLines and PlusMinus signs
  • Adding controls to ContainerListViewSubItems
  • Alpha support for colors
  • FullPath support for TreeListNodes so you know where you are in the tree
  • Ability to change the Path character when getting the FullPath of a TreeListNode
  • Branching functionality for TreeListNodes which means you can highlight, color, select, disable, etc.. a subset of nodes/childnodes in a Tree
  • and much, much more!

Other Notes

  • Properties that are only stubbed out for future development will have 'Not Supported' in the designer and intellisense.
  • You may have to remove the source control bindings and files from the code.
  • The solutions have been ported over to Visual Studio 2008. However, the target framework is the .NET 2.0 Framework so you could port the code back to Visual Studio 2005 with no problems if necessary.
  • Extract the sample project to the same directory as the source project as the sample project references the source project. Otherwise, you will have to re-reference the source project.



  • 10th June, 2008: Initial post


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

About the Author

Ted Osberg
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United States United States
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralGetting previous node sub-item into edit mode PinmemberCutSack17-Dec-08 12:44 
GeneralA couple of bugs found with column auto resizing PinmemberCutSack16-Dec-08 14:23 
Generalin VC++ Pinmembersamal.subhashree10-Dec-08 23:21 
GeneralNewbie question PinmemberSteve Faust7-Nov-08 12:15 
GeneralRe: Newbie question PinmemberPatrick Fox19-Nov-08 10:58 
GeneralRe: Newbie question PinmemberSteve Faust21-Nov-08 7:04 
Question.NET 2.0, WinXP [modified] PinmemberDmitriy Iassenev26-Oct-08 5:44 
AnswerRe: .NET 2.0, WinXP PinmemberTosberg6-Dec-08 16:57 
Please send a screenshot and I'll take a look at it. Could you please explain further what you mean when you say "it would be more logical to finish column row with column color, not the control one"? I'm not sure I understand what you mean. Thanks!
AnswerRe: .NET 2.0, WinXP PinmemberJan Eklund27-Feb-09 9:22 
QuestionGrid lines in the very first column PinmemberDmitriy Iassenev26-Oct-08 5:39 
AnswerRe: Grid lines in the very first column PinmemberTosberg6-Dec-08 17:00 
GeneralImageList issue PinmemberDmitriy Iassenev26-Oct-08 5:28 
GeneralRe: ImageList issue PinmemberTosberg6-Dec-08 17:03 
QuestionColor and text alignment problems for Subitems Pinmemberfrancois panneton16-Oct-08 3:54 
AnswerRe: Color and text alignment problems for Subitems PinmemberTosberg6-Dec-08 17:08 
AnswerRe: Color and text alignment problems for Subitems PinmemberCutSack3-Feb-09 14:40 
AnswerRe: Color and text alignment problems for Subitems PinmemberKarl S7-Jun-09 17:56 
QuestionListView and column problem Pinmembermascix13-Oct-08 2:43 
GeneralExpand columns programatically Pinmembermorphias0@yahoo.com2-Oct-08 8:40 
GeneralError TreeListNodeConverter PinmemberiloR3-Sep-08 0:46 
Generaltrail lines between sibling nodes PinmemberareB24-Jul-08 20:25 
QuestionVery good: only a small bug on font? PinmemberGiangySan4-Jul-08 1:04 
AnswerRe: Very good: only a small bug on font? PinmemberTosberg23-Jul-08 16:01 
AnswerRe: Very good: only a small bug on font? PinmemberTosberg18-Oct-08 15:20 
GeneralRe: Very good: only a small bug on font? PinmemberGiangySan13-Nov-08 23:00 

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