WinForms bug: NodeMouseDoubleClick event in TreeView will sometimes have the wrong node in EventArgs

Here’s a strange bug I’ve encountered today in a WinForms application. Usually, double clicking on a collapsed tree node (which obviously has child nodes) will expand it. Most of the time when we need something to happen when a child node is double clicked, but not the parent, we write something similar to:

void NodeMouseDoubleClick(object sender, TreeNodeMouseClickEventArgs e)
if (e.Node.Nodes.Count == 0)
// … handle child node

To my surprise, I discovered today that by double clicking on a collapsed parent node, the e.Node parameter was not the node I actually double clicked on, but one of the child nodes. Since the sub-child nodes count was 0, the event handled the (incorrect) node.

I noticed that it was not the same node all the time – it was different. I made a small WinForms application with just a TreeView, and I filled it with the contents of my C:\Windows directory. I placed a MessageBox.Show(e.Node.Text); in the NodeMouseDoubleClick handler. And that helped me realize that the e.Node is actually the node that is currently under the mouse cursor!

Here’s the initial state:

Double clicking on Fonts makes the following happen:

Notice where the cursor is – that’s the node that was passed in the event handler. Apparently, during the expand, if there are more child nodes that fit on the screen, the parent node scrolls to the top, but the cursor stays in the same place where the double click occurred.

I googled up this problem and I found that this bug was reported on Connect, and it will be fixed in the next version.

In the mean time, the workaround is to use the TreeView’s SelectedNode property instead.