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I am trying to use the Windows ImageList in a listview.  I can do everything just fine, if the files that are in the listview are real filenames.  But I want to be able to display file type images, without having to know the exact location of one of those types of files. (ie.  Mike.gif NOT c:\graphics\Mike.gif ).  I am using ShGetFileInfo to find out the information.  Basically, if I put a string into the Listview.Items list (ie. Mike.gif ), I want to be able to find the windows image...

Please help and give examples...
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Look at this text. I downloaded it from somewhere (can't remember where it was)...

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System Icon Index From Extensions      D2 D3  
I've seen this question a lot, and several asked me directly: How can I get the index of a system icon based only on the extension? It's pretty simple once you see it done, but I guess it is one of those things that's not readily apparent. I know it wasn't to me.

Assuming you are using some control that has an image list property that you assign, you first set that up so that it uses the system's image list. There is one thing abuot this that you must be very careful of; the system image list belongs to the system, and it (the list, not the component that "wraps" it) must not be freed. Following is a code snippet that properly creates the system image list, setting its ShareImages property which prevents the image list handle from being destroyed when the component is.

// This gets the system image list.
var
  SysIL: HImageList;
  SFI: TSHFileInfo;
begin
  // Create an image list component
  MyTreeView.Images := TImageList.Create(Self);
  // This gets the small image list.  Replace SHGFI_SMALLICON with
  // SHGFI_LARGEICON for large images.
  SysIL := SHGetFileInfo('', 0, SFI, SizeOf(SFI),
     SHGFI_SYSICONINDEX or SHGFI_SMALLICON);
  if SysIL <> 0 then begin
    // Assign the system list to the component
    Images.Handle := SysIL;
 // The following prevents the image list handle from being
 // destroyed when the component is.
    Images.ShareImages := TRUE;
  end;
end;

Now, given that we have the system image list to work with, we can get the image index to a file, whether it exists or not, by using SHGetFileInfo function with the SHGFI_USEATTRIBUTES flag. This looks like:

  function GetIconIndex(const AFile: string; Attrs: DWORD): integer;
  var
    SFI: TSHFileInfo;
  begin
    SHGetFileInfo(PChar(AFile), Attrs, SFI, SizeOf(TSHFileInfo),
                  SHGFI_SYSICONINDEX or SHGFI_USEFILEATTRIBUTES);
    Result := SFI.iIcon;
  end;

{...and to use this function...}

  // This will get the index to the folder image even though the
  //  directory doesn't exist.
  NewTreeItem.ImageIndex := GetIconIndex('c:\bogus\directory\',
     FILE_ATTRIBUTE_NORMAL or FILE_ATTRIBUTE_DIRECTORY);

  // This will get the index for .htm files image
  NewTreeItem.ImageIndex := GetIconIndex('notarealfile.htm',
     FILE_ATTRIBUTE_NORMAL);
That's it.
 
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Hope this helps...   :-)

Regards, Madshi.
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by:MichaelB3
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YOU DA MAN!
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:-)

I love 2000 points...   :-)
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I mean I got 2000 points for your 500 points together with an A grading...  :-)
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