Horizontal ScrollBars in ListBoxes

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  • 19 years ago

    Hello my name is Bud and I am new to this forum.
    Recently I figured out how to add a horizontal scrollbar to a listbox control when the user enters text, whose TextWidth is greater than the width of the ListBox.  However, I have been having trouble getting the scrollbar to disappear when that item is removed from the list.  The rest of the items in the list are completely visible within the listbox and don't require the horizontal scrollbar to see the entries in their entirety.  I would greatly appreciate any feedback you could give in regard to this.  



  • 19 years ago

    Could you please post the code you are using to display the scroll bar?

  • 19 years ago

    Hi James,  thanks for your timely reply.  Here's the code:

    In the Click Event of the "Add" button on the form:

    Dim intIndexLongestText As Integer
    Dim sngnVar As Single

    Me.ScaleMode = vbPixels

       lstScroll.AddItem txtText.Text
       For mintCount = 1 To lstScroll.ListCount
           sngnVar = Me.TextWidth(lstScroll.List(mintCount - 1))
           If (sngnVar + 6) > lstScroll.Width Then
               intIndexLongestText = (mintCount - 1)
               SetHScroll Me, lstScroll, lstScroll.List(intIndexLongestText)
               Exit For
           End If
       Next mintCount
       txtText.Text = ""

    Code in a Standard Code Module:

    Option Explicit


    Declare Function SendMessage Lib "user32" Alias "SendMessageA" (ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal wMsg As Long, ByVal wParam As Long, lParam As Long) As Long

    Public Sub SetHScroll(Frm As Form, Ctrl As Control, strText As String)

     Dim nScaleMode As Integer
     Dim nTextWidth As Integer

     nScaleMode = Frm.ScaleMode

     Frm.ScaleMode = 3  'vbPixels

     nTextWidth = (Frm.TextWidth(strText) + 6)

     SendMessage Ctrl.hWnd, LB_SETHORIZONTALEXTENT, nTextWidth, 0

     Frm.ScaleMode = nScaleMode

    End Sub

    Since I wrote this code, I discovered a bug in it, in that if you add another item to the list box whose textwidth is greater than the width of the listbox (both in terms of pixels), but shorter than that of the item which initially caused the scrollbar to appear, the scrollbar resizes itself to fit the shorter "long item".  Thus, the original "long item" gets cut off.  I have since come to realize that this code works by knowing the list index of the longest item in the list at all times, so that the scrollbar can size itself accordingly if and when it is needed.  I believe this can be achieved using nested For......Next Loops, which I'm currently working on.  However, once that problem is solved, I am still at a loss to find a way to make the scrollbar disappear, when you remove all the items from the list which are longer than the width of the listbox.  Hope you can offer some insight into how to accomplish this.  



  • 19 years ago

    I found this in the MSDN library:

    An application sends an LB_SETHORIZONTALEXTENT message to set the width, in pixels, by which a list box can be scrolled horizontally (the scrollable width). If the width of the list box is smaller than this value, the horizontal scroll bar horizontally scrolls items in the list box. If the width of the list box is equal to or greater than this value, the horizontal scroll bar is hidden

    I think the bit in italics is what you want...

  • 19 years ago

    Thanks, James.  I'll give it a try and let you know what happens.

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