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Fast Ensure Visible for CGridCtrl

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5 Mar 2012CPOL
This tip shows a very fast algorithm (with some constraints enforced for it to work) to EnsureVisible a row in CGridCtrl by Chris Maunder


In one of my projects, I had to load around 200000 rows in the CGridCtrl and then had to provide the functionalitiy of EnsureVisible to scroll to and highlight a row. So I had to come up with a reasonably fast algorithm. 

The code

// This function will only work if all the grid control rows are same in size

void GVEnsureVisible(CGridCtrl* pGridCtrl, int nRow)
	if(pGridCtrl== NULL)


	int nItems = pGridCtrl->GetItemCount();

	int nPos = nRow;

	if(nItems > 0)

		pGridCtrl->GetScrollInfo(SB_VERT, &si);

		double dx = (double)si.nMax / (double)nItems;

		si.cbSize = sizeof(SCROLLINFO);

		si.fMask = SIF_POS;

		si.nPos = (int)(dx * nPos) - si.nPage/2;

		pGridCtrl->SetScrollInfo(SB_VERT, &si, TRUE); 


Points of Interest

This code will only work if all the rows of the Grid are of same size.


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Mukit, Ataul
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
flute99924-Dec-19 19:42
Memberflute99924-Dec-19 19:42 
QuestionCan you explain how this makes fast scroll? Also compare it with EnsureVisible, too. Pin
ehaerim24-Oct-13 9:56
Memberehaerim24-Oct-13 9:56 
AnswerRe: Can you explain how this makes fast scroll? Also compare it with EnsureVisible, too. Pin
Mukit, Ataul25-Oct-13 21:34
MemberMukit, Ataul25-Oct-13 21:34 
I used this code in one of my projects, I didn't add the method here.
It is only applicable for huge number of rows and they must be of same height. Then this will work very fast.

This technique just calculates the proper position of a row which needs to be set visible and then sets the scroll info which is basically two to three operations.

In the original codes of ensure visible, you have to iterate through a lot of rows and so it was slow. However, that code would work when the rows are of variable heights.

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