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A TreeList Control

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1 Dec 1999
A tree control / list control hybrid

Sample Image - treelist.jpg

The Treelist control is a combination Tree/List control derived from CTreeCtrl.

Here's the description of the classes that are used:

  • CTLFrame - derived from CWnd, this class is the frame class for the treelist control. It is used to include the header control, the tree itself, and the horizontal scroll bar.
  • CNewHeaderCtrl - derived from CHeaderCtrl. Used as the header in the TreeList.
  • CNewTreeListCtrl - derived from CTreeCtrl, used as the main tree in the TreeList.
  • CTLItem - represents each item inside the tree.
  • SSortType - structure that's used to indicate whether the sort of the tree is in an ascending order or descending, and which column is being sorted.

How to Insert TreeList into Your Project?

  1. Insert the following files into your project:
    • TLFrame.cpp, TLFrame.h
    • NewTreeListCtrl.cpp, NewTreeListCtrl.h
    • NewHeaderCtrl.cpp, NewHeaderCtrl.h
  2. Include the file "TLFrame.h" in the app file (where the InitInstance function is) and insert the following line in the InitInstance function:
  3. Layout a user-defined control inside the dialog into which the control is supposed to be inserted. In the class field type: "LANTIVTREELISTCTRL"
  4. Include "TLFrame.h" in the dialog's header file, and add a member variable: CTLFrame m_wndMyTreeList;
  5. In your OnInitDialog() or OnCreate() functions, subclass the control:
    m_wndMyTreeList.SubclassDlgItem(IDC_TREE_LIST, this);
    // IDC_TREE_LIST is the ID of the user-defined control you 
    // inserted into the dialog

That's it !

Using the TreeListCtrl

The use of the control is simple. It's a tree, so treat it as one (HTREEITEM, etc.). In addition, there are functions like InsertColumn, SetItemText, SetItemColor, SetItemBold, GetItemText.


Here's my approach to implementing the TreeList. First of all, I had to create a frame window, that would include the 3 objects: header, tree, horz scroll bar. That's what CTLFrame is for. In addition, this CWnd derived class helps during the scroll: the header is clipped after it's repositioned, so there's a feeling of scrolling.

The class CNewHeaderCtrl was created only to put the 3D triangles in it. I decided to include sorting since it's needed in 9/10 cases, and it's a shame every programmer needs to insert it by himself. Finally, CNewTreeListCtrl is the more complicated part. Every item inside the tree, has a DWORD data associated with it, that stores a pointer to a CTLItem class. CTLItem stores the information about each item- its columns' strings, whether the item is bold, the item's color, and the item data that the user wishes to associate with the item. All the functions that deal with the items, like InsertItem, DeleteItem, SetItemText, etc. were overridden in order to use the CTLItem technique.

I had some difficulties with the scrolling part, since there are many different conditions for the scroll bars: vertical scroll is shown and then the horz becomes shorter, it's hidden so the horz should become larger again; what happens if the users changed some column's size... and problems like that. I believe I handle each of these cases so I think there won't be any problems with this part.


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QuestionLicense used with this code Pin
Alexander Sailer2-Dec-16 5:46
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SuggestionCTLItem::SetSubstring(int m_nSub, CString m_sText) Pin
heylo13-Jun-16 9:33
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Generalwhy i translate this ctrl to OCX(MFC activex)projecthave some error Pin
LGEKS2-Jun-11 1:41
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GeneralMy vote of 4 Pin
MANISH RASTOGI2-Mar-11 20:18
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GeneralNot getting notifications under VS2010 Pin
SaintNeil9-Jun-10 13:09
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Generaldemo is not working buddy !!!!!!!!!!!!! Pin
RAJKUMARV18-Sep-09 0:15
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GeneralEditlable Pin
markman10115-Jul-09 1:03
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GeneralBug in sort algorithm Pin
Freak3027-Jan-09 0:17
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Questionhow to insert a root element after or before an existing one Pin
AnilBharatharajan22-Sep-08 5:24
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GeneralUseless code Pin
kilt4-May-08 8:23
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GeneralRe: Useless code Pin
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GeneralI found a new bug and fixed it. Pin
newmetic10-Oct-07 21:55
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GeneralBug fix for CNewTreeListCtrl::OnPaint() Pin
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GeneralRe: Bug fix for CNewTreeListCtrl::OnPaint() [modified] Pin
Kindy Chen24-Sep-07 0:14
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GeneralMultiple Row Selection Pin
flippydeflippydebop23-Mar-07 21:49
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Questionclass field type: "LANTIVTREELISTCTRL" ??? Pin
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GeneralSunken frame Pin
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QuestionGood!! ... in C#? Pin
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GeneralCatching messages (e.g. TVN_GETDISPINFO) Pin
BenGEAR16-Mar-06 3:04
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GeneralCopyright issues to use this control Pin
padmawar6-Feb-06 11:41
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GeneralWhy a Assert failure when I use the CHeaderCtrl instead of CNewHeaderCtrl Pin
zhou_wz25-Aug-05 18:16
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GeneralRe: Why a Assert failure when I use the CHeaderCtrl instead of CNewHeaderCtrl Pin
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QuestionHow to get .NET assembly of this? Pin
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GeneralBug in CNewTreeListCtrl::SetItemText() Pin
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