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After doing a quick search I can't find the answer to this seemingly simple thing to do.

How do I Manually Select An Item in an Asp.Net ListView?

I have a SelectedItemTemplate, but I don't want to use an asp:button  or asp:LinkButton to select an item.  I want it to be done from a URL. Like a QueryString, for example.

The way I imagine would be on ItemDataBound, check a condition and then set it to selected if true, but how do I do this?

For example:

protected void lv_ItemDataBound(object sender, ListViewItemEventArgs e) {

  using (ListViewDataItem dataItem = (ListViewDataItem)e.Item) {

     if (dataItem != null) {
        if( /* item select condition */ ) {   

            // What do I do here to Set this Item to be Selected?
            // edit: Here's the solution I'm using :
            ((ListView)sender).SelectedIndex = dataItem.DisplayIndex;

            // Note, I get here and it gets set
            // but the SelectedItemTemplate isn't applied!!!


I'm sure it's one or two lines of code.

EDIT: I've updated the code to reflect the solution, and it seems that I can select the ListView's SelectedItemIndex, however, it's not actually rendering the SelectedItemTemplate.  I don't know if I should be doing this in the ItemDataBound event as suggested below.

asked Sep 9, 2015 by AmeliaQ58ixt
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I looked at some of what's going on in ListView under the hood and think this is probably the best approach.

void listView_ItemCreated(object sender, ListViewItemEventArgs e)
	// exit if we have already selected an item; This is mainly helpful for
	// postbacks, and will also serve to stop processing once we've found our
	// key; Optionally we could remove the ItemCreated event from the ListView 
	// here instead of just returning.
	if ( listView.SelectedIndex > -1 ) return; 

	ListViewDataItem item = e.Item as ListViewDataItem;
	// check to see if the item is the one we want to select (arbitrary) just return true if you want it selected
	if (DoSelectDataItem(item)==true)
		// setting the SelectedIndex is all we really need to do unless 
		// we want to change the template the item will use to render;
		listView.SelectedIndex = item.DisplayIndex;
		if ( listView.SelectedItemTemplate != null )
			// Unfortunately ListView has already a selected a template to use;
			// so clear that out
			// intantiate the SelectedItemTemplate in our item;
			// ListView will DataBind it for us later after ItemCreated has finished!

bool DoSelectDataItem(ListViewDataItem item)
	return item.DisplayIndex == 0; // selects the first item in the list (this is just an example after all; keeping it simple :D )


  • ListView selects the template an item will use after it's DataBinding event fires. So if the SelectedIndex is set before then, no more work is necessary
  • Setting the SelectedIndex anywhere after DataBinding works, you just don't get the SelectedItemTemplate. For that you have either rebind the data; or reinstantiate the SelectedItemTemplate on the ListViewItem. be sure to clear the ListViewItem.Controls collection first!

UPDATE I have removed most of my original solution, since this should work better and for more cases.

answered Sep 9, 2015 by FloyBurrello
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You can set the ListViews SelectedIndex

list.SelectedIndex = dataItem.DisplayIndex; // don't know which index you need
list.SelectedIndex = dataItem.DataItemIndex;


If your loading the data on page load you may have to traverse the data to find the index then set the SelectedIndex value before calling the DataBind() method.

public void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
  var myData = MyDataSource.GetPeople();
  list.DataSource = myData;
  list.SelectedIndex = myData.FirstIndexOf(p => p.Name.Equals("Bob", StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase));

public static class EnumerableExtensions
    public static int FirstIndexOf(this IEnumerable source, Predicate predicate)
        int count = 0;
        foreach(var item in source)
            if (predicate(item))
                return count;
        return -1;
answered Sep 9, 2015 by ArielMacandi
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Expanding on @Jeremy and @bendewey's answers, you shouldn't need to do this in ItemDataBound. You only need to have the ListView binding already have taken place before you set the SelectedValue. You should be able to do this during PreRender. See this page life cycle docs for more information on when binding takes place.

answered Sep 9, 2015 by GenaQVQnkip