Quick Start

Table of Contents

Tutorial Prerequisites

Step-by-step tutorial

Installation Troubleshooting

Migrating from .NET ListView

Learning Resources and Getting Support

Tutorial Prerequisites

Step-by-step Tutorial

Start with a new "Windows Forms Application" project. A designer with empty Form appears. Display the Toolbox window (View - Toolbox):

The Toolbox should contain a new tab called "ComponentOwl" containing all the installed component from ComponentOwl, including Better ListView.

Express editions of ComponentOwl Controls are listed in separate tab called "ComponentOwl (Express Controls)".

If you chose not to integrate component in Visual Studio during installation or the component have not been successfully integrated, please follow the next steps.

Right-click on empty area of the Toolbox window and select "Choose Items...":

In the "Choose Toolbox Items" dialog, select the ".NET Framework Components" tab. If the comonent has been properly installed, it will be already listed here. If you find it, make sure the newest version is checked (e.g. instead of and click "OK":

If you need other than installed version (e.g. DLL to match for specific .NET Framework version) click on the "Browse..." button:

Browse for the betterlistview.dll file containing the component.

If you use Better ListView Express edition, locate component named BetterListViewExpress or DLL named betterlistviewexpress.dll.

The location depends on where you installed the product. The default location is:

C:\Program Files\Component Owl\Better ListView\Redistributable

You can choose the file right within "Redistributable" folder. This is .NET 2.0 component compatible with .NET Framework 2.0 or higher. If you want binary for a specific .NET version, choose the file from ".NET Framework Specific" folder:

Make sure the check box next to "BetterListView" is checked and click "OK":

Now the component should appear in your Toolbox:

Select the component and place it on designer surface:

Now you can design Better ListView the same way as any other control:

Installation Troubleshooting

If the component does not appear in Toolbox, make sure that your target framework version is a full-featured .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0, 3.5 or 4.0. The Compact Framework or Client Profile are not supported.

You can also try the "Reset Toolbox" option from the Toolbox context menu, restart Visual Studio and try to add the control again.

Sometimes even the Toolbox can get corrupted (known issue on Visual Studio 2010) and its cache needs to be cleared. Simply remove all ".tbd" files from this folder:

Vista/Windows 7:


Windows XP:

\Documents and Settings\<user directory>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\*.tbd

Make sure the Visual Studio is not running when removing the files. The Toolbox should reload its default items when opened.

Migrating from .NET ListView

We did our best to make Better ListView as similar to regular .NET ListView as possible. Better ListView, however, is not a ListView-derived control - it is completely autonomous WinForms control. The following rules of thumb will help you to migrate from ListView to Better ListView:

To compare usage of .NET ListView and Better ListView, consider the following code using the regular .NET ListView:


BetterListView listView = new BetterListView();

BetterListViewItem item = new BetterListViewItem("new item");


listView.View = BetterListViewView.List;

// ...

BetterListViewHitTestInfo hitTestInfo = listView.HitTest(new Point(0, 0));

Visual Basic

Dim listView As New BetterListView()

Dim item As New BetterListViewItem("new item")


listView.View = BetterListViewView.List

' ...

Dim hitTestInfo As BetterListViewHitTestInfo = listView.HitTest(New Point(0, 0))

Learning resources and getting support

The documentation and learning resources include:

You can find all these resources in Start Menu - Better ListView.

The C# and Visual Basic Samples are located at:

Vista/Windows 7:

\Users\<user>\Documents\ComponentOwl\Better ListView Samples

Windows XP:

\Documents and Settings\<user directory>\My Documents\ComponentOwl\Better ListView Samples

Make sure the Visual Studio is not running when removing the files. The Toolbox should reload its default items when opened.

We will happily answer any of your questions and provide further assistance. Just email us at support@componentowl.com. Or, you can use the online form at www.componentowl.com/support.