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Listview with gridlines and groups

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Experts, I am using a listview on my form. I have it set to use gridlines. In design view the gridlines are there. But as the list is populated it creates groups in the listview to sort the items. When the groups are added the gridlines disappear. Is this just the way it works or is there something else i can do to show the gridlines with groups?
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Search around net suggests that its a well known limitation but I have not been able to find any solution.
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I did not get that it was well know but i have done quite a bit of searching for it and people continue to suggest making sure that gridlines is set to TRUE.
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I give up. I cannot find anything definitively saying it does not work, but cannot find a solution either.
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Have you looked into the OwnerDraw property? If you set it to True and hook up some events like this for example
    Private Sub ListView1_DrawSubItem(sender As Object, e As System.Windows.Forms.DrawListViewSubItemEventArgs) Handles ListView1.DrawSubItem
        With e.Graphics
            .DrawLines(New Pen(SystemColors.ButtonFace), New Point() {New Point(e.Bounds.Left, e.Bounds.Top - 1), New Point(e.Bounds.Left + e.Bounds.Width, e.Bounds.Top - 1), New Point(e.Bounds.Left + e.Bounds.Width, e.Bounds.Top + e.Bounds.Height), New Point(e.Bounds.Left, e.Bounds.Top + e.Bounds.Height)})
        End With
        e.DrawText()
    End Sub

    Private Sub ListView1_DrawColumnHeader(sender As Object, e As System.Windows.Forms.DrawListViewColumnHeaderEventArgs) Handles ListView1.DrawColumnHeader
        e.DrawDefault = True
    End Sub

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it seems to come close to what you need.
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Robert, I am sorry that i gave up too soon and already posted points to another member. Thank you for posting this I will follow this lead...
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by:Robert Schutt
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No problem, see if you can get it to work for you and if so, we talk business ;-)
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