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ListView Items disappear on resize

Posted on 2008-06-10
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I wonder if anyone has run across this.  I have a ListView in a form inside a splitter panel.  It is anchored on all sides of the panel., as is the splitter control on all sides of the form.  So if I have several items in the listview and begin to remove some rows (I have a button that just removes any selected items) and resize the form (thereby resizing the listview), at some point all the items in the list view will disappear.  If I click on them or select them they will reappear individually.  It's as if the text somehow got changed to white-on-white, but clicking on them brings them back to normal.

It gets worse.  When this happens, there is some blank space at the top, between the border and the first item, about the height of two rows but it's just empty space, not rows..  In all of this I have not added any items other than my initial ones.  I do have one callback on the resize for the control, where I adjust the column widths but that's all.  I can get it to reproduce by using the delete and resize, but others can do it with only using the delete, and sometimes it manifests by making all the rows after the deleted one disappear until they are clicked on.

This may be too vague, I'm trying to see if I can isolate what I need to do to cause it but so far I can't. It is really puzzling to me.  My searches haven't pulled anything up.  I'm using Visual Studio 9.0.21022.8 with C#, it happens on both Vista and XP SP2.

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Question by:developerius
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by:gbarcalow
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Maybe some code would help. My initial though is that somewhere you are calling SuspendLayout() and not calling ResumeLayout().

Is this a listview or a custom control that inherits from listview?
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by:aphillips
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If you are overriding OnResize you must remember to call the base class OnResize otherwise no resize events will be sent.
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by:developerius
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These are the three events that I subscribe to, the delete code called from a button click outside the ListView, the resize, and a selected index change to enable the buttons.  The list is a list of search terms.

This is a regular ListView, always in Details view mode.  I'm not doing anything with the layout, but certainly something like that is going on as I resize and delete.

Hope this helps, thanks
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private void deleteSelectedSearchItems() {
  if (this.searchListLV.SelectedItems != null) {
    List<ListViewItem> tokill = new List<ListViewItem>();
    foreach (ListViewItem lvi in this.searchListLV.SelectedItems) {
      tokill.Add(lvi);
      //... stuff using the tag ...
    }
    foreach (ListViewItem lvi in tokill) {
      this.searchListLV.Items.Remove(lvi);
    }
  }
}
 
void searchListLV_ClientSizeChanged(object sender, EventArgs e) {
  int w = searchListLV.ClientSize.Width;
  searchListLV.Columns[0].Width = (int)(w * .38);
  searchListLV.Columns[1].Width = Utils.max((int)(w * .1), 70);
  searchListLV.Columns[2].Width = w - searchListLV.Columns[0].Width - searchListLV.Columns[1].Width;
}
 
void searchListLV_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e) {
  this.saveSearchBtn.Enabled = (searchListLV.Items.Count > 0);
  deleteSearchItemBtn.Enabled = (searchListLV.SelectedItems.Count > 0);
}

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gbarcalow earned 500 total points
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Maybe a simple solution is to call
searchListLV.Refresh() or searchListLV.Invalidate() in the listview's refresh event to force it to redraw itself.

On a side note:
Setting the width of a column to -2 will automatically size it to the text.
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by:developerius
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Thanks, qbar.  I tried putting in the invalidate() in the delete event as well as the resize, and so far I haven't been able to reproduce on my machine.  I will know for sure tonight when someone will bring me a vm that will reproduce the problem with no resize, and I'll try this version on it.

I tried using the -2, and i really like the results, but on a resize event that doesn't really work because it seems to keep repainting for a while after I resize - I'm sure it's because of the many resize events that it gets during what is to the user a single resizing event.  I wish there was a "finishedResize" event that I could listen to.  It does give me some options I can use when adding or removing, though.

I also protected against the possibility of using negative numbers in the widths, maybe in some circumstances I was running into that.

Thanks again, I'll post the results tomorrow.
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by:gbarcalow
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Just though you might also be able to use this:

"How to detect when a form has FINISHED resizing"
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/Visual_Basic/Q_21633442.html
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by:developerius
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Wow, much smoother, thanks.
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by:developerius
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I don't know which of the suggestions did it, but it seems to be clearly fixed now.  I saw it happen easily on the VM and replacing with those fixes made it completely go away.

Thanks a lot, I am able to go on vacation now in peace!
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