Preventing editing item labels in tree view

This article was contributed by Marius Bakelis.

If we have created tree view control with the TVS_EDITLABELS style we can edit all its items labels. But sometimes we do need that not all tree view control items labels could be editable. So we must prevent editing of item labels we don't want to be editable. We can override the PreTranslateMessage() function:

BOOL CTreeCtrlX::PreTranslateMessage(MSG* pMsg) 
    if( pMsg->message == WM_LBUTTONDOWN )
		CPoint		pt = pMsg->pt;

		if( HitTest( pt, &flag ) == GetSelectedItem() 
			// && there you can check is the item which cannot be editable
			SetFocus();	//We must set focus to the tree view control
					//becouse it can have no focus

			return TRUE ;   // DO NOT process further

    return CTreeCtrl::PreTranslateMessage(pMsg);


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  • Preventing editing item labels in tree view

    Posted by Legacy on 08/05/1999 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Chris Grieve

    This was a great help but it has a tiny buggette in the way that HitTest is used which stops you D&D ing something by the icon that is already selected. This is the correction;

    As before except;

    UINT flag = 0;

    if( ( ( tree.HitTest( pt, &flag ) == tree.GetSelectedItem()
    &&( flag & TVHT_ONITEMLABEL ) ) // new bit
    && ( FALSE ) ) // your check in here

    But I wouldn't have got this far without the original code(!)



  • Why not handle TVN_BEGINLABELEDIT notification?

    Posted by Legacy on 01/16/1999 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Peter Schregle

    A more straightforward way to inhibit label editing would be to handle the TVM_BEGINLABELEDIT notification. Return FALSE to allow and TRUE to cancel label editing.

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