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Another simple ListView Question

I've got data being returned from a database into a ListView.

How do I enable the ListView so that I can click on an item in it; and it will select that item ready for an action.

i.e. in Windows Explorer you could, for example highlight a file stored on C:\ and then go up to the Edit menu and perform an action on it like COPY.

I have several different blocks of data being returned and displayed in the ListView.

I would love some code and some instructions for the above


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I'm not sure I understand the question - you appear to be asking how to let the user click on an item and highlight it - which is intrinsic behaviour of the control.

The selected item will can be referenced with :


Could you clarfiy what you're trying to do exactly ?
Matt_UnsworthAuthor Commented:
Ok,  the actual highlighting of an item in the ListView is part of the functionality of the control.....agreed

I suppose my question is: once an item is selected how do I get a MenuItem or Toolbar button to perfrom its function on the item in the ListView that is selected.



PS: just read my original question and no doubt it is a clear as mud.
I'm still not 100% clear, but I think you're looking for something like this

Dim ltmTarget as listitem

set ltmtarget = listview1.selecteditem

msgbox "Selected item is " & ltmtarget.text

Basically you can set listitem object to point to the selecteditem within the listview and manipulate it's properties like that, or pass it around within your program.

Hope that is of some help.
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Hi, Paulstamp <smile>..

Adding to your answer would be the  Listview1_Itemclick event which can be used to take action upon the users mouse click.

More advanced methods, are the Listview1_Mousedown and istview1_Mouseup events, combined with a hit test.

Please keep in mind, if the Listview utilizes multi-selection, then your Selected Item will only return the last item clicked on. For multiselection, you have to iterate through the Item collection to find all Items that are applicable.

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If I understand you correctly, you want to be able to identify an item selected in a list and work with it further on.

The first thing is to uniquely identify each row in your database table which feeds the listview (in Access this could be the standard primary key in a table). Store this ID in the ItemData property of each row in your list.

sub ListLoad(c as control, vsTable as string)
dim ttmp as recordset

set ttmp = [database].openrecordset("select * from [table]")
while not ttmp.eof
  c.addItem "" & ttmp("...")
  c.dataItem(c.newIndex) = ttmp("ID")

whenever an item is selected you can get the unique identifier of the selected item by using this function:

function CurID(c as control)
  if c.ListINdex <> -1 then
    CurID = c.ItemData(c.listIndex)
    CurID = -1
  end if
end function

on the click event of a menu item you could add the following code:

dim tmpID as long
  tmpID = CurID([ListView])
  if tmpID <> -1 then
    frmWhatever.Modify tmpID
  end if

Hope this is what you where looking for.
Matt_UnsworthAuthor Commented:
Points going to PaulStamp
Matt_UnsworthAuthor Commented:
Adjusted points from 10 to 30
Matt_UnsworthAuthor Commented:
Cheers PaulStamp your advice was really helpful.

Apologies at the delay in allocating the points.

Matt_UnsworthAuthor Commented:
Cheers paulstamp, your advice was really helpful.

Apologies in the delay in allocating the points.

Not a problem.
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