C# – Bind to SelectedItems from DataGrid or ListBox in MVVM

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Just doing some light reading on WPF where I need to bind the selectedItems from a DataGrid but I am unable to come up with anything tangible. I just need the selected objects.

DataGrid:

<DataGrid Grid.Row="5" 
    Grid.Column="0" 
    Grid.ColumnSpan="4" 
    Name="ui_dtgAgreementDocuments"
    ItemsSource="{Binding Path=Documents, Mode=TwoWay}"
    SelectedItem="{Binding Path=DocumentSelection, Mode=TwoWay, UpdateSourceTrigger=PropertyChanged}"
    HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" 
    VerticalAlignment="Stretch" 
    Background="White"
    SelectionMode="Extended" Margin="2,5" 
    IsReadOnly="True" 
    CanUserAddRows="False" 
    CanUserReorderColumns="False" 
    CanUserResizeRows="False"
    GridLinesVisibility="None" 
    HorizontalScrollBarVisibility="Hidden"
    columnHeaderStyle="{StaticResource GreenTea}" 
    HeadersVisibility="Column" 
    BorderThickness="2" 
    BorderBrush="LightGray" 
    CellStyle="{StaticResource NonSelectableDataGridCellStyle}"
    SelectionUnit="FullRow" 
    HorizontalContentAlignment="Stretch" AutoGenerateColumns="False">

Best Solution

SelectedItems is bindable as a XAML CommandParameter.

After a lot of digging and googling, I have finally found a simple solution to this common issue.

To make it work you must follow ALL the following rules:

  1. Following Ed Ball's suggestion', on you XAML command databinding, define CommandParameter property BEFORE Command property. This a very time-consuming bug.

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  2. Make sure your ICommand's CanExecute and Execute methods have a parameter of object type. This way you can prevent silenced cast exceptions that occurs whenever databinding CommandParameter type does not match your command method's parameter type.

    private bool OnDeleteSelectedItemsCanExecute(object SelectedItems)  
    {
        // Your code goes here
    }
    
    private bool OnDeleteSelectedItemsExecute(object SelectedItems)  
    {
        // Your code goes here
    }
    

For example, you can either send a listview/listbox's SelectedItems property to you ICommand methods or the listview/listbox it self. Great, isn't it?

Hope it prevents someone spending the huge amount of time I did to figure out how to receive SelectedItems as CanExecute parameter.