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TreeCtrl - A WTL tree control with Windows Vista style item selection

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A WTL tree control that supports Windows Vista style selection and multiple selection.


After quite a few requests, I thought I'd post this tree control that uses a similar selection drawing style to the list control I posted here: ListCtrl - A WTL list control with Windows Vista style item selection. For an added bonus, I've also included support for multiple-selection.

How to use CTreeCtrl

Simply use the tree control as you would the normal CTreeViewCtrl, however there are a couple of functions required to activate and retrieve multiple selections:

void ShowThemed( 
    BOOL bShowThemed = TRUE


Draw item selection themed.


  • bShowThemed - TRUE = Draw themed selection; FALSE = Classic mode.
void SetMultipleSelect( 
       BOOL bMultipleSelect


Turns on/off multiple selection.


  • bMultipleSelect - TRUE = Turn on multiple select.
void GetSelectedItems( 
    CSimpleArray < HTREEITEM >& aSelectedItems


Retrieves a list of selected tree items.


  • aSelectedItems - Reference to an array of HTREEITEM.


Any comments or suggestions are welcome.


  • 16th March, 2006: 1.0
    • First release.
  • 20th March, 2006: 1.1
    • Small bug fix for VS2005.
  • 5th April, 2006: 1.2
    • Corrected problems with multiple select and checkboxes - many thanks to Phil C.


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


About the Author

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Alan has been developing applications for a very long time (~10 years), but he's not bitter about this at all. My main area of expertise is C++. He lives in Sweden with his beautiful wife, daughter and son and enjoys climbing mountains and kayaking in his spare time (which isn't much).

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Questionwhy i can not download the sample code? Pin
asdf112212-Nov-12 22:47
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QuestionSetWindowTheme Pin
Jacky CN31-Aug-12 0:11
memberJacky CN31-Aug-12 0:11 
Question不能用啊??? Pin
zhangjingfei21-Jan-10 0:52
memberzhangjingfei21-Jan-10 0:52 
AnswerRe: 不能用啊??? Pin
Jacky CN31-Aug-12 0:01
memberJacky CN31-Aug-12 0:01 
GeneralOnLButtonUp is not called correctly Pin
JinXu24-Apr-08 5:15
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Generalfatal error RC1015: cannot open include file 'atlres.h'. Pin
aditya raut18-Sep-07 15:58
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GeneralRe: fatal error RC1015: cannot open include file 'atlres.h'. Pin
asight17-Oct-13 23:43
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QuestionVC6 Pin
toddma26-Jun-07 9:54
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AnswerRe: VC6 Pin
toddma26-Jun-07 9:56
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GeneralMake the tree items editable Pin
shaohao5-Aug-06 5:52
membershaohao5-Aug-06 5:52 
GeneralFixes for keeping selection when clicking expand and collapse and setting background color Pin
J Chris Davies19-Apr-06 7:44
memberJ Chris Davies19-Apr-06 7:44 
QuestionIt's very nice , but have MFC version ? Pin
XiaoQing Li17-Apr-06 23:36
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GeneralDisplay problem Pin
Black.Stone13-Apr-06 20:35
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GeneralLooks great, but ... Pin
_oti3-Apr-06 14:34
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GeneralRe: Looks great, but ... Pin
AlanW9-Apr-06 22:43
memberAlanW9-Apr-06 22:43 
Generalgreat work but I find a bug! Pin
lihezhao17-Mar-06 5:11
memberlihezhao17-Mar-06 5:11 
GeneralRe: great work but I find a bug! Pin
AlanW17-Mar-06 5:32
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GeneralATLApp Error Pin
Sreekanth Muralidharan17-Mar-06 2:48
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GeneralRe: ATLApp Error Pin
Urquan Master17-Mar-06 6:45
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GeneralRe: ATLApp Error Pin
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GeneralRe: ATLApp Error Pin
AlanW17-Mar-06 9:26
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