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In the third part of this tutorial, we continue to learn more about the treeview control. Past parts include:

  • The basics
  • Changing colours

This part allows us to add features such as track selection and checkboxes. It is quite simple, all you need is an API call and a few constants.

This example includes the last two parts code:

'API Call for Sending the messages

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

Private Declare Function _
     GetWindowLong _
  Lib "user32" Alias _
"GetWindowLongA" (ByVal hWnd As Long, _
              ByVal nIndex As Long) As Long

Private Declare Function _
      SetWindowLong _
   Lib "user32" Alias _
       "SetWindowLongA" (ByVal hWnd As Long, _
                       ByVal nIndex As Long, _
              ByVal dwNewLong As Long) As Long

'Constants for changing the treeview
Private Const GWL_STYLE = -16&
Private Const TVM_SETBKCOLOR = 4381&
Private Const TVM_GETBKCOLOR = 4383&
Private Const TVS_HASLINES = 2&
Private Const TV_FIRST As Long = &H1100
Private Const TVM_GETTEXTCOLOR As Long = _
                          (TV_FIRST + 32)
Private Const TVM_SETTEXTCOLOR As Long = _
                          (TV_FIRST + 30)
Private Const TVS_CHECKBOXES = &H100
Private Const TVS_TRACKSELECT = &H200
Private Sub Form_Load()
    'This is part 1's code
    'Declare Variables
    Dim mNode As Node
    Dim i As Integer
    'Populate the list box
    List1.AddItem "Node 1"
    List1.AddItem "Node 2"
    List1.AddItem "Node 3"
    'Add the primary node
    Set mNode = TreeView1.Nodes.Add()
    mNode.Text = "Primary Node"
    'Add the nodes from the list box
    For i = 0 To List1.ListCount - 1
        Set mNode = TreeView1.Nodes.Add(1, tvwChild)
        mNode.Text = List1.List(i)
    Next i
    'This is part 2's code
    'Send a message to the treeview telling it to
    'change the background It uses an RGB colour setting
    Call SendMessage(TreeView1.hWnd, _
                     TVM_SETBKCOLOR, _
                     0, _
                     ByVal RGB(255, 204, 0))
    'Same as above except this one tells it to change
    'the text colour
    Call SendMessage(TreeView1.hWnd, _
                     TVM_SETTEXTCOLOR, _
                     0, _
                     ByVal RGB(0, 127, 0)) 
    'This is part 3's code
    'Add the track selection
    Call SetTreeViewAttrib(TreeView1, TVS_TRACKSELECT)
    'Add the checkboxes
    Call SetTreeViewAttrib(TreeView1, TVS_CHECKBOXES)
End Sub
Private Sub SetTreeViewAttrib(c As TreeView, _
                              ByVal Attrib As Long)
    Const GWL_STYLE As Long = -16
    Dim rStyle As Long
    rStyle = GetWindowLong(c.hWnd, GWL_STYLE)
    rStyle = rStyle Or Attrib
    Call SetWindowLong(c.hWnd, GWL_STYLE, rStyle)
End Sub

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