Visual Basic Common Control API Routines
SendMessage: Set ListView Flat Header Style
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.

There may be occasions where a flat-looking listview column header suits the design of your application more that the standard default button-style.  By obtaining the handle to the header portion of the listview, and toggling its HDS_BUTTON style bits, the header takes on a flat appearance. Setting the style to flat removes the functionality of ColumnHeader clicking - in fact the ListView1_ColumnClick event will not occur with the flat style.

This example does not contain all code required to construct the illustration shown. The routine provided here is designed to be applied to the project constructed through the ListView Demo, or to an existing project utilizing a ListView control in report view.

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

Option Explicit
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' Distribution: You can freely use this code in your own
'               applications, but you may not reproduce 
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Public Const HDS_BUTTONS As Long = &H2
Public Const LVM_FIRST As Long = &H1000
Public Const LVM_GETHEADER As Long = (LVM_FIRST + 31)
Public Const GWL_STYLE As Long = (-16)
Public Const SWP_DRAWFRAME As Long = &H20
Public Const SWP_NOMOVE As Long = &H2
Public Const SWP_NOSIZE As Long = &H1
Public Const SWP_NOZORDER As Long = &H4
Public Const SWP_FLAGS As Long = SWP_NOZORDER Or _
                                 SWP_NOSIZE Or _
                                 SWP_NOMOVE Or _
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 Declare Function GetWindowLong Lib "user32" _
   Alias "GetWindowLongA" _
   (ByVal hwnd As Long, _
   ByVal nIndex As Long) As Long
Public Declare Function SetWindowLong Lib "user32" _
   Alias "SetWindowLongA" _
   (ByVal hwnd As Long, _
   ByVal nIndex As Long, _
   ByVal dwNewLong As Long) As Long
Public Declare Function SetWindowPos Lib "user32" _
   (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal hWndInsertAfter As Long, _
    ByVal x As Long, ByVal Y As Long, _
    ByVal cx As Long, ByVal cy As Long, _
    ByVal wFlags As Long) As Long
 Form Code
Add the following code to the Check1 checkbox on a form:

Option Explicit

Private Sub Check1_Click()

   Dim style As Long
   Dim hHeader As Long
  'get the handle to the listview header
   hHeader = SendMessage(ListView1.hwnd, LVM_GETHEADER, 0, ByVal 0&)
  'get the current style attributes for the header
   style = GetWindowLong(hHeader, GWL_STYLE)
  'modify the style by toggling the HDS_BUTTONS style
   style = style Xor HDS_BUTTONS
  'set the new style and redraw the listview
   If style Then
      Call SetWindowLong(hHeader, GWL_STYLE, style)
      Call SetWindowPos(ListView1.hwnd, Form1.hwnd, 0, 0, 0, 0, SWP_FLAGS)
   End If

End Sub
Toggling Check1 removes/sets the flat header style.  The flat style still supports the addition of bitmaps.


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