Drag, Drop and Move Items from One CheckedListBox to Another using Windows Forms

Posted by: Suprotim Agarwal , on 8/2/2008, in Category WinForms & WinRT
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Abstract: In this article, we will explore how to drag, drop and move items from one checkedlistbox to another.
Drag, Drop and Move Items from One CheckedListBox to Another using Windows Forms
In this article, we will explore how to drag, drop and move items from one checkedlistbox to another. Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open Visual Studio > File > New > Project. In the Project Types pane, choose the language of your choice (Visual C# or Visual Basic). In the Templates pane, choose Windows Application. Choose a name and location for the project and click OK.
Step 2: Now Drag and Drop two checkedlistbox controls (checkedListBoxA and checkedListBoxB) to the form. We will first preload the checkedListBoxA with a few items and then at runtime, drag, drop and move the items to checkedListBoxB. The items can be moved back again to checkedListBoxA as well. We will be handling 3 events primarily during the entire drag drop operation. The events are as follows:
CheckedListBox MouseDown Event – this event will be handled when the mouse pointer is over the CheckedListBox Item and a mouse button is pressed.
CheckedListBox DragOver Event – this event will be handled when the item is dragged over the destination checkedlistbox
CheckedListBox DragDrop Event - this event will be handled when a drag-and-drop operation is completed.
Step 3: Now let us move ahead and add some code to the form. In the Form1.cs or Form1.vb, add the following code in the constructor of the Form:
int itemIndex;
public Form1()
    checkedListBoxA.MouseDown += new MouseEventHandler(checkedListBox_MouseDown);
    checkedListBoxA.DragOver += new DragEventHandler(checkedListBox_DragOver);
    checkedListBoxA.DragDrop += new DragEventHandler(checkedListBox_DragDrop);
    checkedListBoxB.MouseDown += new MouseEventHandler(checkedListBox_MouseDown);
    checkedListBoxB.DragOver += new DragEventHandler(checkedListBox_DragOver);
    checkedListBoxB.DragDrop += new DragEventHandler(checkedListBox_DragDrop);
    checkedListBoxA.AllowDrop = true;
    checkedListBoxB.AllowDrop = true;
private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    checkedListBoxA.Items.Add("Item 1");
    checkedListBoxA.Items.Add("Item 2");
    checkedListBoxA.Items.Add("Item 3");
    checkedListBoxA.Items.Add("Item 4");
    checkedListBoxA.Items.Add("Item 5");
    checkedListBoxA.Items.Add("Item 6");
Private itemIndex As Integer
Public Sub New()
      AddHandler checkedListBoxA.MouseDown, AddressOf checkedListBox_MouseDown
      AddHandler checkedListBoxA.DragOver, AddressOf checkedListBox_DragOver
      AddHandler checkedListBoxA.DragDrop, AddressOf checkedListBox_DragDrop
      AddHandler checkedListBoxB.MouseDown, AddressOf checkedListBox_MouseDown
      AddHandler checkedListBoxB.DragOver, AddressOf checkedListBox_DragOver
      AddHandler checkedListBoxB.DragDrop, AddressOf checkedListBox_DragDrop
      checkedListBoxA.AllowDrop = True
      checkedListBoxB.AllowDrop = True
End Sub
Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
      checkedListBoxA.Items.Add("Item 1")
      checkedListBoxA.Items.Add("Item 2")
      checkedListBoxA.Items.Add("Item 3")
      checkedListBoxA.Items.Add("Item 4")
      checkedListBoxA.Items.Add("Item 5")
      checkedListBoxA.Items.Add("Item 6")
End Sub
In the code above, we are registering the MouseDown, DragOver and DragDrop events for the two CheckedListBox and in the Form_Load, we pre-populate the checkedListBoxA with a few items.
Step 4: Let us now add code to the respective events that were discussed above:
private void checkedListBox_MouseDown(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
    CheckedListBox clb = sender as CheckedListBox;
    itemIndex = clb.IndexFromPoint(e.X, e.Y);
    if (itemIndex >= 0 & e.Button == MouseButtons.Left)
        clb.DoDragDrop(clb.Items[itemIndex], DragDropEffects.Move);
private void checkedListBox_DragOver(object sender, DragEventArgs e)
    if (e.Data.GetDataPresent(typeof(System.String)))
        e.Effect = DragDropEffects.Move;
        e.Effect = DragDropEffects.None;
private void checkedListBox_DragDrop(object sender, DragEventArgs e)
    CheckedListBox clbSender = sender as CheckedListBox;
    if(clbSender.Name == "checkedListBoxA")
Private Sub checkedListBox_MouseDown(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As MouseEventArgs)
      Dim clb As CheckedListBox = TryCast(sender, CheckedListBox)
      itemIndex = clb.IndexFromPoint(e.X, e.Y)
      If itemIndex >= 0 And e.Button = MouseButtons.Left Then
            clb.DoDragDrop(clb.Items(itemIndex), DragDropEffects.Move)
      End If
End Sub
Private Sub checkedListBox_DragOver(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As DragEventArgs)
      If e.Data.GetDataPresent(GetType(System.String)) Then
            e.Effect = DragDropEffects.Move
            e.Effect = DragDropEffects.None
      End If
End Sub
Private Sub checkedListBox_DragDrop(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As DragEventArgs)
      Dim clbSender As CheckedListBox = TryCast(sender, CheckedListBox)       clbSender.Items.Add(e.Data.GetData(GetType(System.String)).ToString())
      If clbSender.Name = "checkedListBoxA" Then
      End If
End Sub
Since we are enabling drag, drop and move on both the CheckedListBox, there will be a lot of common code required for the two. So it makes a lot of sense to define generic event handlers.
In the checkedListBox_MouseDown event, we first cast the sender as a CheckedListBox and then retrieve the index of the item using IndexFromPoint(). The index retrieved, is the item selected by the user, to be dragged. We then call the DoDragDrop() method on the sender. This method begins a drag and drop operation and accepts a parameter of the object(checkedlistbox item) that is being dragged. The second parameter describes the effect of a drag drop.
In the checkedListBox_DragOver we check to see if the item being dragged is a valid drop target.
Finally in the checkedListBox_DragDrop, we first cast the sender as a CheckedListBox, retrieve the dragged item using e.Data.GetData() and then add the retrieved item to the checkedListBox items collection. To give it a move effect, we remove the item that was dragged from the sender checkedlistbox.
That’s it. Run the sample and you will be able to perform drag, drop and move operations on the CheckedListBox. I hope this article was useful and I thank you for viewing it.
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This article has been editorially reviewed by Suprotim Agarwal.

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Feedback - Leave us some adulation, criticism and everything in between!
Comment posted by Nithya K on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 7:54 AM
i have done this application,Thank you very much
Comment posted by Hossein on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 9:28 AM
Thnx buddy, Sample works fine
Comment posted by Nostromo on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 7:04 AM
There's a problem with that sample. If the property "CheckOnClick" of the used CheckedListboxes is set to true, the code in the MouseDown event prevents the checking on the first click. Any suggestions to make that work?
Comment posted by Vali Tuguran on Monday, January 19, 2015 3:13 AM
The thread that runs the code needs to have this attribute set: STAThreadAttribute