user1696698 user1696698 - 2 months ago 37
C# Question

double buffer customer drawn list box

I have a custom draw method so I can make items in a list box different colours. The problem is that I redraw the listbox every 500ms to check if the values have changed. This makes the listbox flicker and I am not sure how to double buffer the code. Can anyone help please?

private void listBox_DrawItem(object sender, DrawItemEventArgs e)
ListBox sendingListBox = (ListBox)sender;

CustomListBoxItem item = sendingListBox.Items[e.Index] as CustomListBoxItem; // Get the current item and cast it to MyListBoxItem

if (item != null)
e.Graphics.DrawString( // Draw the appropriate text in the ListBox
item.Message, // The message linked to the item
zone1ListBox.Font, // Take the font from the listbox
new SolidBrush(item.ItemColor), // Set the color
0, // X pixel coordinate
e.Index * zone1ListBox.ItemHeight // Y pixel coordinate. Multiply the index by the ItemHeight defined in the listbox.
// The item isn't a MyListBoxItem, do something about it


If you need to enable the double buffer of the ListBox you should inherit a class from it, because the property is private and set it to true, or use the SetStyle() method and apply the WS_EX_COMPOSITED flag:

public class DoubleBufferedListBox : ListBox {
    protected override CreateParams CreateParams {
        get {
            CreateParams cp = base.CreateParams;
            cp.ExStyle |= 0x02000000;   // WS_EX_COMPOSITED
            return cp;

    public DoubleBufferedListBox( ) {
        //DoubleBuffered = true;
        this.SetStyle(ControlStyles.DoubleBuffered, true);         
        this.SetStyle(ControlStyles.OptimizedDoubleBuffer, true);