Vista Treeview and Listview

Update: Please note I have an update to this post available here.

Standard windows forms tree and listview controls look rather dated on Vista, with a blue background to indicate a selected node or item


It is very easy to update both these controls to have the vista look and feel with three lines of code by calling the SetWindowsTheme method. This is ignored on XP so adding this code will not affect the same application running on XP.



using System;

using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace VistaTheme


public partial class Form1 : Form


public Form1()



SetWindowTheme(treeView1.Handle, “explorer”, null);

SetWindowTheme(listView1.Handle, “explorer”, null);


[DllImport(“uxtheme.dll”, CharSet = CharSet.Unicode, ExactSpelling = true)]

private static extern int SetWindowTheme(IntPtr hWnd, string appName, string partList);

private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)






Visual Basic

Imports System.Runtime.InteropServices

Public Class Form1

<DllImport(“uxtheme.dll”, CharSet:=CharSet.Unicode, ExactSpelling:=True)> _

Private Shared Function SetWindowTheme(ByVal hWnd As IntPtr, ByVal appName As String, ByVal partList As String) As Integer

End Function

Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load

SetWindowTheme(treeView1.Handle, “explorer”, Nothing)

SetWindowTheme(listView1.Handle, “explorer”, Nothing)


End Sub

End Class

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