Visual Basic Common Control API Routines
SendMessage: Enable ListView FullRowSelect
Posted:   Saturday March 1, 1997
Updated:   Monday December 26, 2011
Applies to:   VB4-32, VB5, VB6
Developed with:   VB4-32, Windows 95
OS restrictions:   None
Author:   VBnet - Randy Birch
This method is intended for Visual Basic 5 or Visual Basic 6 where the Common Control library used is the MSComCtl 5 version (comctl32.ocx). Because the VB6-specific mscomctl.ocx (Common Controls 6) is a complete implementation of comctl32.dll and not reliant on the version of comctl32.dll installed, this routine may not work when applied to a listview created from the VB6-specific mscomctl.ocx.

Enhanced Comctl32 functionality is only available to users with comctl32.dll version 4.70 or greater installed. This dll is typically installed with IE3.x or greater.

By setting a ListView style bit using the Windows API SendMessage with the message LVS_EX_FULLROWSELECT, selecting an item will cause the selection rectangle to highlight and span the entire row. Removing this bit restores the default selection style.

This example does not contain all code required to construct the illustration shown. The routine provided here is designed to be applied to an existing project utilizing a ListView control with subitems.

 BAS Module Code
Place the following code into the general declarations area of a bas module:

Option Explicit
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Public Declare Function SendMessage Lib "user32" Alias "SendMessageA" _ 
   (ByVal hwnd As Long, _
    ByVal Msg As Long, _ 
    ByVal wParam As Long, _
    lParam As Any) As Long

Public Const LVM_FIRST = &H1000

 Form Code
Add a check button to the project (Check1) with the caption "Use Full Row Select". Set its initial value to 0. Add the following code to the check button sub:

Option Explicit

Private Sub Check1_Click()

   Dim state As Long
  'state will be true when the checkbox
  'style is 1 (checked) or False when
   state = Check1.Value = 1
  'set the new listview style
   Call SendMessage(ListView1.hwnd, _
                        LVM_SETEXTENDEDLISTVIEWSTYLE, _
                        LVS_EX_FULLROWSELECT, ByVal state)

End Sub
Run your project, and populate your ListView as usual. Select an item; it will exhibit the normal highlighting - only the first item is selected. Click the Check1 button, and reselect an item. The selection will now span the entire row. Unchecking Check1 will revert to the default selection style.


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