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listbox with columns

Posted on 2001-09-18
Last Modified: 2010-05-02
hey all,

need to add 2 recordset items to the same listbox.

the character length varies among the strings, but i am trying to get them to line up.

for example:

Home 800.555.1234
Office 800.555.2697


Home          800.555.1234
Office           800.555.2697
Question by:jsopher
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Anthony Perkins earned 100 total points
ID: 6491788
Add this code to a new form that has a list box (List1):

Private Declare Function SendMessageArray Lib "user32" Alias "SendMessageA" (ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal wMsg As Long, ByVal wParam As Long, lParam As Any) As Long
Private Declare Function SendMessageLong Lib "user32" Alias "SendMessageA" (ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal wMsg As Long, ByVal wParam As Long, ByVal lParam As Long) As Long

Private Sub Form_Load()

ReDim TabStops(0) As Long
TabStops(0) = 50    'This may need to be adjusted

'Clear any existing tabs
SendMessageLong List1.hWnd, LB_SETTABSTOPS, 0&, 0&
SendMessageArray List1.hWnd, LB_SETTABSTOPS, CLng(UBound(TabStops) - LBound(TabStops) + 1), TabStops(LBound(TabStops))

List1.AddItem "Home" & vbTab & "800.555.1234"
List1.AddItem "Office" & vbTab & "800.555.2697"

End Sub
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Expert Comment

by:Anthony Perkins
ID: 6491795
Since you only are calling this once, you can abreviate the following line:
SendMessageArray List1.hWnd, LB_SETTABSTOPS, CLng(UBound(TabStops) - LBound(TabStops) + 1), TabStops(LBound(TabStops))

As follows:
SendMessageArray List1.hWnd, LB_SETTABSTOPS, 1, TabStops(0)

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Expert Comment

ID: 6491928
The standard listbox does not support multiple columns, but if you set the font to Courier New (or other fixed-point font like Win2000's Lucida Console) it will be pretty easy to line things up.

Alternately, you can get a listbox that supports multiple columns, like the one that comes with Access and is part of the MS Forms 2.0 Object Library. (Note that this particular one can only be distributed with permission from MS, although you could try to write your own!)
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by:Anthony Perkins
ID: 6491949

>> it will be pretty easy to line things up <<
This is basically what the code I posted does, without the need to use Fixed Fonts.

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Expert Comment

ID: 6491960
If you already have reference to "Microsoft Windows Common Controls" component, use ListView control in Report view.
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Expert Comment

ID: 6491965
Good job, Anthony.

However, I always try to avoid API calls when not necessary, simply because they are likely to break in future versions, especially with .net looming...

In this case, they might be necessary...if you want a proportional font.

Expert Comment

ID: 6492097
Have to agree with ameba on this one use a ListView control instead of a List control. No messing around with API calls, Fonts, positioning columns etc.


Author Comment

ID: 6492129
thanks man,

worked like a charm - exactly what i wanted.
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Expert Comment

ID: 6492419
Jst, optionally, you could add microsoft forms component to toolbox and use listbox from it since it has columns property.
It uses resources and i don't know if it is redistributable.

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