Sizing Listbox Columns

In my DDoE Quick TTC utility, I split text out into separate listbox columns. That means the column widths are always changing. Jan Karel has a very nice write-up on autosizing listbox columns. Based on that, I wrote the below procedure. I used the hidden label technique that JKP suggested. Instead of passing in the number of characters, I just used the actual characters in the listbox. It makes the sub a lot less portable, but it’s suitable for my purpose.

Private Sub SetColumnWidths()
    Dim i As Long, j As Long
    Dim sColWidths As String
    Dim dMax As Double
    For i = 0 To Me.lbxText.ColumnCount – 1
        For j = 0 To Me.lbxText.ListCount – 1
            Me.lblHidden.Caption = Me.lbxText.Column(i, j) & “MM”
            If dMax < Me.lblHidden.Width Then
                dMax = Me.lblHidden.Width
            End If
        Next j
        sColWidths = sColWidths & CLng(dMax + 1) & “;”
        dMax = 0
    Next i
    Me.lbxText.ColumnWidths = sColWidths
End Sub

I add a couple of capital Ms to the end of the text before I measure the width. It gives a nice buffer. Then I just store the maximum that the width of the hidden label gets and create a column widths string from all of the maximums. Here it is in action:

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9 thoughts on “Sizing Listbox Columns

  1. Why not using Excel ?

    Private Sub UserForm_Initialize()
      sq = Sheets(1).UsedRange
      ListBox1.List = sq
      ListBox1.Width = Sheets(1).UsedRange.Columns(UBound(sq, 2) + 1).Left * 1.2 + 3
      Application.Wait Now + TimeValue(“00:00:01”)
      ListBox1.ColumnCount = UBound(sq, 2)
      For Each cl In Sheets(1).UsedRange.Columns
        c0 = IIf(c0 = “”, “”, c0 &amp; “;”) &amp; cl.Width * 1.2
      ListBox1.ColumnWidths = c0
    End Sub
  2. Nice! Using ‘magic numbers’ like len() x Font.Size x 1.2 has never really worked; it had never occurred to me that I could use a label’s embedded ability to set it’s own width.

  3. You’re not in Seattle this year ? Or are you blogging during the quiet Ballmer sessions ?

  4. I haven’t found too many people who are conversant with the .Columnwidths property of the ListBox, except for this blog. So, here’s what’s probably a bug that popped up in Excel 2010 (but worked in previous versions).

    If you set ListStyle = fmListStyleOption (checkboxes in the list), check some of the items, then set the ColumnWidths property to anything, all of the checked items become unchecked.

    To test, create a userform with one listbox and one command button. Add the following code.

    Private Sub UserForm_Initialize()
    With ListBox1
    .MultiSelect = fmMultiSelectMulti
    .ListStyle = fmListStyleOption
    .ColumnWidths = "100;100"
    .AddItem "First"
    .AddItem "Second"
    .AddItem "Third"
    End With
    End Sub

    Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()
    ListBox1.ColumnWidths = "90;90"
    End Sub

    Check some items, then hit the button.

    I can find no explanation for this.

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