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I use multicolumn list box to view data from SQL 7.0. I need to view just 2-3 column. I need to change colors of entrees to one of the columns. How can I do that.

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I am of the opinion that you will have to draw the text yourself.  Using a ListView control might be easier, beause it supports Custom Draw (recent versions of the Common Control library and DLL required).  

Custom Draw would be easier, IMHO, because you do not have to do any of the drawing yourself, you just have to tell the control to use a certain color when drawing a certain column.

-=- James.
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I can switch to the CListCtrl and CListView classes. But I need to be able to control the color of EACH idividual raw of one of the column. I would appreciate the code sample for that.  
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Take a look here: http://www.codeproject.com/listctrl/lvcustomdraw.asp

...In the case for handling "CDDS_ITEMPREPAINT", check the "iSubItem" (column) member of the NMLVCUSTOMDRAW structure.  That will be the column.  From there, you can determine what color to place in the "clrText" member of the NMLVCUSTOMDRAW structure and the "dwItemSpec" (row) member of the embedded NMCUSTOMDRAW structure.

Two notes:
   1: If the column order gets changed by the user (they drag and rearrange the columns), the internal column order is not changed, and your painting code will not have to check for that.
   2: Anytime you start messing around with colors, be sure to allow the user to select/change them, because you never know what the user's current color scheme may be.  At a minimum, make sure that the color you choose to paint the text with is not "near" (in colorspace) the background color of the control (COLOR_WINDOW).

-=- James.
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Even though it was just a link, I accept your comment as an answer. Thank you for your help.
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> Even though it was just a link, I accept your comment as an answer.

You asked for a code sample, you got one, as well as instructions for how to color each column.

> Thank you for your help.

NP.

-=- James.
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