Abdalrahman Shatou Abdalrahman Shatou - 4 months ago 35
Java Question

Android - Disable ListView Selection Highlight but Keep OnClick enabled

I want to disable the highlight that appears when the user selects a row (listSelector) from code. I don't want to disable the onClick and enabled settings (I still want to listen to clicks, just want to remove the highlight).

Answer

Just create a drawable that has a transparent color in it, something like this:

<selector xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">

<item android:state_window_focused="false" android:drawable="@android:color/transparent"/>

<!-- Even though these two point to the same resource, have two states so the drawable will invalidate itself when coming out of pressed state. -->
<item android:state_focused="true"  android:state_enabled="false" android:state_pressed="true" android:drawable="@drawable/list_selector_disabled_holo_light" />
<item android:state_focused="true"  android:state_enabled="false" android:drawable="@drawable/list_selector_disabled_holo_light" />
<item android:state_focused="true"  android:state_pressed="true" android:drawable="@color/transparent" />
<item android:state_focused="false" android:state_pressed="true" android:drawable="@color/transparent" />
<item android:state_focused="true"  android:drawable="@drawable/list_focused_holo" />

</selector>

And then set by code or by XML:

listView.setSelector(R.drawable.my_transparent_selector);

The javadoc for this method says:

Set a Drawable that should be used to highlight the currently selected item.

and the XML attribute is:

android:listSelector

You can play with all the states, remember that you also have the focus state.

Comments