How to: Handle the MouseDoubleClick Event for Each Item in a ListView

To handle an event for an item in a ListView, you need to add an event handler to each ListViewItem. When a ListView is bound to a data source, you don't explicitly create a ListViewItem, but you can handle the event for each item by adding an EventSetter to a style of a ListViewItem.


The following example creates a data-bound ListView and creates a Style to add an event handler to each ListViewItem.

<!--XmlDataProvider is defined in a ResourceDictionary, 
    such as Window.Resources-->
<XmlDataProvider x:Key="InventoryData" XPath="Books">
        <Books xmlns="">
            <Book ISBN="0-7356-0562-9" Stock="in" Number="9">
                <Title>XML in Action</Title>
                <Summary>XML Web Technology</Summary>
            <Book ISBN="0-7356-1370-2" Stock="in" Number="8">
                <Title>Programming Microsoft Windows With C#</Title>
                <Summary>C# Programming using the .NET Framework</Summary>
            <Book ISBN="0-7356-1288-9" Stock="out" Number="7">
                <Title>Inside C#</Title>
                <Summary>C# Language Programming</Summary>
            <Book ISBN="0-7356-1377-X" Stock="in" Number="5">
                <Title>Introducing Microsoft .NET</Title>
                <Summary>Overview of .NET Technology</Summary>
            <Book ISBN="0-7356-1448-2" Stock="out" Number="4">
                <Title>Microsoft C# Language Specifications</Title>
                <Summary>The C# language definition</Summary>
<!--The Style is defined in a ResourceDictionary, 
    such as Window.Resources-->
<Style TargetType="ListViewItem">
    <EventSetter Event="MouseDoubleClick" Handler="ListViewItem_MouseDoubleClick"/>
<ListView ItemsSource="{Binding Source={StaticResource InventoryData}, XPath=Book}">
            <GridViewColumn Width="300" Header="Title" 
                            DisplayMemberBinding="{Binding XPath=Title}"/>
            <GridViewColumn Width="150" Header="ISBN" 
                            DisplayMemberBinding="{Binding XPath=@ISBN}"/>

The following example handles the MouseDoubleClick event.

void ListViewItem_MouseDoubleClick(object sender, MouseButtonEventArgs e)

    XmlElement book = ((ListViewItem) sender).Content as XmlElement;

    if (book == null)

    if (book.GetAttribute("Stock") == "out")
        MessageBox.Show("Time to order more copies of " + book["Title"].InnerText);
        MessageBox.Show(book["Title"].InnerText + " is available.");
Private Sub ListViewItem_MouseDoubleClick(ByVal sender As Object, _
                                          ByVal e As MouseButtonEventArgs)

    Dim lvi As ListViewItem = CType(sender, ListViewItem)
    Dim book As XmlElement = CType(lvi.Content, XmlElement)

    If book.GetAttribute("Stock") = "out" Then
        MessageBox.Show("Time to order more copies of " + book("Title").InnerText)
        MessageBox.Show(book("Title").InnerText + " is available.")
    End If
End Sub

Although it is most common to bind a ListView to a data source, you can use a style to add an event handler to each ListViewItem in a non-data-bound ListView regardless of whether you explicitly create a ListViewItem. For more information about explicitly and implicitly created ListViewItem controls, see ItemsControl.

See Also

Data Binding Overview
Styling and Templating
Bind to XML Data Using an XMLDataProvider and XPath Queries
ListView Overview