Sorting Header of a listview!!!


The initial property of my listview is no sorting header.

Now, I want to change this style after inserting some data into the lisrview.
Thus, I try to modify the style of the listview in order to let the user to sort each column by clicking the header but it is not success.

int modify = m_list1.ModifyStyle(LVS_NOSORTHEADER,ListStyle,SWP_SHOWWINDOW);

TRACE("modify result = %d\n", modify);

I found the value of modify is equal to 1.
What mistake had I made?


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Stanislav022200Connect With a Mentor Commented:
My list box defined as follows:
BOOL EComStatView::Create(LPCTSTR lpszClassName, LPCTSTR lpszWindowName, DWORD dwStyle,
                                      const RECT& rect, CWnd* pParentWnd, UINT nID, CCreateContext* pContext)
      return CWnd::Create(lpszClassName, lpszWindowName, dwStyle, rect, pParentWnd, nID, pContext);
It is sorted perfectly well.
I think that the problem is that this kind of style
must be setted while creation and not during the windw's life.
Try this, hope it will work at your application
The value '1' means that it worked.

It could be that (like saome other window styles) this cannot be modified after the window is created.  More correctly, you can change the flag, but it does not change what is there.  This is the case, for example, for combo boxes if you try to change the style from dropdown to dropdownlist.
My VC 5 documentation says: "To change the view and alignment style after creating the control, use the Windows functions GetWindowLong and SetWindowLong." The documentation does not specify how to change other styles, but if it were possible to, then you probably need to do something like this:

DWORD dwStyle = GetWindowLong(m_hWnd, GWL_STYLE);
if ((dwStyle & LVS_TYPESTYLEMASK) != dwView)
      SetWindowLong(m_hWnd, GWL_STYLE, (dwStyle & ~LVS_TYPESTYLEMASK) | LVS_NOSORTHEADER);
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I'm pretty sure that ModifyStyle actuallydoes that same thing as Get/SetWindowLong internally.

And regardless, there are styles that apply at creation time only .. and changing them later has no effect.  Sad, but true.
I must admit that I did a quick test to see if I could change LVS_NOSORTHEADER and it did not seem to work, but I was quick enough that I might have done it wrong.

I think it is interesting that the documentation says to use GetWindowLong and SetWindowLong, as if it is important. The documentation is sometimes very misleading, I know. It says that a classes static functions can only call other static functions, but that is not true. Sometimes you need to "read between the lines".

I think that ModifyStyle probably does GetWindowLong and SetWindowLong internally, since a window's style is always available at GWL_STYLE in the extra window memory of a window. Perhaps the reason ModifyStyle does not work might be that it discards the extra bits that list view controls use for style.
I think the problem is that this change actually creates/destroys windows (it the header control) and so that is why it is only valid at creation time.
That is what I said.  And it doesn't answer the question.
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