selected item on custom listview with contextual action bar

I recently started using android actionbars and contextual action bars (CAB).

I have just one activity which is a ListActivity. Basically I use the following code snipped to "activate" the CAB:

ListView listView = getListView(); listView.setChoiceMode(ListView.CHOICE_MODE_MULTIPLE_MODAL); listView.setMultiChoiceModeListener(new MultiChoiceModeListener() { @Override public void onItemCheckedStateChanged(ActionMode mode, int position, long id, boolean checked) { // Here you can do something when items are selected/de-selected, // such as update the title in the CAB } @Override public boolean onActionItemClicked(ActionMode mode, MenuItem item) { // Respond to clicks on the actions in the CAB switch (item.getItemId()) { case deleteSelectedItems(); mode.finish(); // Action picked, so close the CAB return true; default: return false; } } @Override public boolean onCreateActionMode(ActionMode mode, Menu menu) { // Inflate the menu for the CAB MenuInflater inflater = mode.getMenuInflater(); inflater.inflate(, menu); return true; } @Override public void onDestroyActionMode(ActionMode mode) { // Here you can make any necessary updates to the activity when // the CAB is removed. By default, selected items are deselected/unchecked. } @Override public boolean onPrepareActionMode(ActionMode mode, Menu menu) { // Here you can perform updates to the CAB due to // an invalidate() request return false; } });

The layout of the list:

<ImageView android:id="@+id/message_on_clipboard_icon" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_gravity="center_vertical" android:minWidth="30dp" android:padding="7sp" android:src="@android:drawable/presence_online" > </ImageView> <LinearLayout android:id="@+id/linearLayout2" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:background="@drawable/listitem_background" android:orientation="vertical" > <TextView android:id="@+id/message" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginRight="5sp" android:fadingEdge="horizontal" android:singleLine="true" android:text="TextView" android:textAppearance="?android:attr/textAppearanceLarge" > </TextView> <LinearLayout android:id="@+id/linearLayout1" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:background="@drawable/listitem_background" android:orientation="horizontal" > <TextView android:id="@+id/message_length" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginRight="5sp" android:text="@string/message_length" android:textAppearance="?android:attr/textAppearanceSmall" > </TextView> <TextView android:id="@+id/message_count" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginRight="5sp" android:text="TextView" android:textAppearance="?android:attr/textAppearanceSmall" > </TextView> <TextView android:id="@+id/date_label" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginRight="5sp" android:text="@string/date_label" > </TextView> <TextView android:id="@+id/date_message" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="TextView" > </TextView> </LinearLayout> </LinearLayout>

And within main.xml:

<ListView android:id="@+android:id/list" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" > </ListView>

Now if I do a long click on a list item the CAB shows up as expected:

selected item on custom listview with contextual action bar

I use a MultiChoiceModeListener but unfortunately the selected list items do not change the background like in the example here (light blue background after an item is selected):

selected item on custom listview with contextual action bar

Do I have to use a custom selector? Or is there a standard procedure how android does handle this and I just need to make my LinearLayouts transparent? I also tried the following but with no success:

ListView item background via custom selector

It would be great If somebody could point me in the right direction. Please let me know if you need more application code or xml files.

-------------Problems Reply------------

I've only ever tested this in CHOICE_MODE_SINGLE, but in that situation it works by doing the following.

  • When you select a list item, in code, call "setItemChecked(position, checked)" method (on the ListView instance) for that item in the list.
  • Add this to the XML for individual ListView items:

Just create a a drawable called custom_background on the way:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<selector xmlns:android="">
<item android:drawable="@color/highlight" android:state_activated="true"/>
<item android:drawable="@color/normal"/>

and set as background on your parent layout:


Only trying to support ICS devices and up but this new layout does what you are trying to achieve, in keeping the selected line highlighted.

adapter = new SimpleCursorAdapter(getActivity(),

Category:android Views:2 Time:2012-02-13

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