Highlight Filtering Results in RadListView


Product Version Product Author
2020.1.113 RadListView for WinForms Nadya Karaivanova


This tutorial demonstrates how to highlight text results when filtering in RadListView.

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The desired text highlight effect can be achieved by setting the TextParams highlightRanges and highlightColor properties just before the paint cycle of SimpleListViewVisualItem.

  • First, we need to create a custom SimpleListViewVisualItem by subscribing to the VisualItemCreating event of RadListView.

  • The custom SimpleListViewVisualItem has three main highlight related properties: HighlightText, HighlightTextColor, HighlightCompareOptions.

  • We need to override the CreateTextParams method and there we can add our hightlightRanges and set the highlightColor. The GetSearchHighlightRanges method is responsible for creating the highlightRanges and considers the HightlightText and HighlightCompareOptions.

  • Last, but not least we need to update the HighlightText when the text of a text box is changed by handling the TextChanged event and force the RadListView to repaint.

A full code snippet is illustrated below:

public RadForm1()

    radListView1.EnableFiltering = true;
    this.radListView1.VisualItemCreating += this.RadListView1_VisualItemCreating;
    this.radTextBoxControl1.TextChanged += this.radTextBoxControl1_TextChanged;

private void RadListView1_VisualItemCreating(object sender, ListViewVisualItemCreatingEventArgs e)
    e.VisualItem = new HighlightListViewVisualItem();

string value;
private void radTextBoxControl1_TextChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)

    HighlightListViewVisualItem.HighlightText = this.radTextBoxControl1.Text;

    value = (sender as RadTextBoxControl).Text;

    if (value != null)
        FilterDescriptor valueFilter = new FilterDescriptor(this.radListView1.DisplayMember, FilterOperator.Contains, value);

public class HighlightListViewVisualItem : SimpleListViewVisualItem
    public static string HighlightText { get; set; }

    public static Color HighlightTextColor { get; set; }

    public static CompareOptions HighlightCompareOptions { get; set; }

    static HighlightListViewVisualItem()
        HighlightText = string.Empty;
        HighlightTextColor = Color.FromArgb(128, Color.Aqua);
        HighlightCompareOptions = CompareOptions.OrdinalIgnoreCase;
    protected override TextParams CreateTextParams()
        TextParams textParams = base.CreateTextParams();
        if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(HighlightListViewVisualItem.HighlightText))
            List<CharacterRange> ranges = this.GetSearchHighlightRanges();
            if (ranges.Count > 0)
                textParams.highlightRanges = ranges.ToArray();
                textParams.highlightColor = HighlightListViewVisualItem.HighlightTextColor;
        return textParams;

    private List<CharacterRange> GetSearchHighlightRanges()
        List<CharacterRange> ranges = new List<CharacterRange>();
        string criteria = HighlightListViewVisualItem.HighlightText;

        int index = -1;
        CompareOptions options = HighlightListViewVisualItem.HighlightCompareOptions;
        string text = this.Text;
            if (index + 1 >= text.Length)

            index = System.Threading.Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentUICulture.CompareInfo.IndexOf(text, criteria, index + 1, options);

            if (index >= 0)
                if ((options & CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols) == CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols)
                    int rangeLength = 0;
                    int criteriaLength = criteria.Length;
                    int currentIndex = index;

                    while (criteriaLength > 0 && currentIndex < text.Length)
                        if (Char.IsLetterOrDigit(text[currentIndex]))


                    ranges.Add(new CharacterRange(index, rangeLength));
                    ranges.Add(new CharacterRange(index, criteria.Length));
        while (index >= 0 && ranges.Count < 32);

        return ranges;

    protected override Type ThemeEffectiveType
            return typeof(SimpleListViewVisualItem);

Public Sub New()
    RadListView1.EnableFiltering = True
    AddHandler Me.RadTextBoxControl1.TextChanged, AddressOf Me.radTextBoxControl1_TextChanged
    AddHandler Me.RadListView1.VisualItemCreating, AddressOf Me.RadListView1_VisualItemCreating
End Sub

Private Sub RadListView1_VisualItemCreating(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As ListViewVisualItemCreatingEventArgs)
    e.VisualItem = New HighlightListViewVisualItem()
End Sub

Private value As String
Private Sub radTextBoxControl1_TextChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
    HighlightListViewVisualItem.HighlightText = Me.RadTextBoxControl1.Text
    value = (TryCast(sender, RadTextBoxControl)).Text

    If value IsNot Nothing Then
        Dim valueFilter As FilterDescriptor = New FilterDescriptor(Me.RadListView1.DisplayMember, FilterOperator.Contains, value)
    End If
End Sub

Public Class HighlightListViewVisualItem
    Inherits SimpleListViewVisualItem

    Public Shared Property HighlightText As String
    Public Shared Property HighlightTextColor As Color
    Public Shared Property HighlightCompareOptions As CompareOptions

    Shared Sub New()
        HighlightText = String.Empty
        HighlightTextColor = Color.FromArgb(128, Color.Aqua)
        HighlightCompareOptions = CompareOptions.OrdinalIgnoreCase
    End Sub

    Protected Overrides Function CreateTextParams() As TextParams
        Dim textParams As TextParams = MyBase.CreateTextParams()

        If Not String.IsNullOrEmpty(HighlightListViewVisualItem.HighlightText) Then
            Dim ranges As List(Of CharacterRange) = Me.GetSearchHighlightRanges()

            If ranges.Count > 0 Then
                textParams.highlightRanges = ranges.ToArray()
                textParams.highlightColor = HighlightListViewVisualItem.HighlightTextColor
            End If
        End If

        Return textParams
    End Function

    Private Function GetSearchHighlightRanges() As List(Of CharacterRange)
        Dim ranges As List(Of CharacterRange) = New List(Of CharacterRange)()
        Dim criteria As String = HighlightListViewVisualItem.HighlightText
        Dim index As Integer = -1
        Dim options As CompareOptions = HighlightListViewVisualItem.HighlightCompareOptions
        Dim text As String = Me.Text


            If index + 1 >= text.Length Then
                Exit Do
            End If

            index = System.Threading.Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentUICulture.CompareInfo.IndexOf(text, criteria, index + 1, options)

            If index >= 0 Then

                If (options And CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols) = CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols Then
                    Dim rangeLength As Integer = 0
                    Dim criteriaLength As Integer = criteria.Length
                    Dim currentIndex As Integer = index

                    While criteriaLength > 0 AndAlso currentIndex < text.Length

                        If Char.IsLetterOrDigit(text(currentIndex)) Then
                            criteriaLength -= 1
                        End If

                        rangeLength += 1
                        currentIndex += 1
                    End While

                    ranges.Add(New CharacterRange(index, rangeLength))
                    ranges.Add(New CharacterRange(index, criteria.Length))
                End If
            End If
        Loop While index >= 0 AndAlso ranges.Count < 32

        Return ranges
    End Function

    Protected Overrides ReadOnly Property ThemeEffectiveType As Type
            Return GetType(SimpleListViewVisualItem)
        End Get
    End Property
End Class

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