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On an AutoCompleteTextView, you don't have direct access to the DropDownListView, that's why you cannot add header and footer views there.

A solution to your problem will be to use 2 types of views in your list, and set the first/last row to have the header's/footer's layout. This can be done on the adapter, which you create yourself.

Here's some info about how to provide different layouts for different rows in a list view: Android ListView with different layouts for each row

Thanks for suggestion @Udinic, as you said dropdown of autocompletetextview can not be controlled in many ways {the way i wanted to}. plus header and footer view both needed for it, which need to be show/hide for some conditions for my application, Later just changed my Autocomplete textview to simple EditText and provided popupmenu for it and its well controllable :)

Marking your answer as accepted because it showed me that i cannot achieve customized Header/footer with AutocompleteTextView's dropdown view.

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I'm not quite sure there's a direct way, but knowing the selected item from the list you can know its position in your mLIST using indexOf() method on your list.

That assuming each item is unique, if not, this will not work.

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String s1="xcv";
String s2;
String [] search=new String[20];<---- this is your search list
/** Called when the activity is first created. */
@Override
public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
    setContentView(R.layout.main);

    ac=(EditText)findViewById(R.id.editText1);
    ListView lv=(ListView)findViewById(R.id.listView1);
    //ac.setThreshold(3);
    //l.add("pp");
    s2=ac.getText().toString();
    adapter=new ArrayAdapter<String>(this,
            android.R.layout.simple_list_item_1,
            l);
            //adapter.add("pp");
    lv.setAdapter(adapter);
    lv.setOnItemClickListener(mMessageClickedHandler);
    new Thread(new Runnable() {
          public void run() {

          while(infra){

              s2=ac.getText().toString();
          if(s1!=s2 && s2.length()>=1){

              s1=s2;
for(int=0;i<20;i++)
{
int index=search[i].index(s1);
if(index >-1)
{
 lst.add(search[i])<----- lst is the arraylist of strings you should create
}
}
}

        }
              runOnUiThread(new Runnable() {
                     public void run() {
                         adapter.clear();
                         for(int z=0;z<k;z++){

                             adapter.add(s[z]);
                         }
                         adapter.notifyDataSetChanged();



                    }
                });


          }


          }



          }}).start();




}



private OnItemClickListener mMessageClickedHandler = new 
         OnItemClickListener() {
             public void onItemClick(AdapterView<?> parent, View v, int position, long id){
                 infra=false;
                 String s=d[position];
                 finish();
                 Intent k=new Intent(InfrapagesActivity.this,InfrapagesActivity.class);
                 startActivity(k);
                 Intent i=new Intent(this,nextactivity.class);
                 i.putExtra("hash",s);
                 startActivity(i);


             }
};
             }
public class nextactivity extends ListActivity{
 public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
         type = getIntent().getExtras().get("hash").toString();....

you can search using the string "type" and populate the list...

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For controlling the way you display items in your autocomplete view, you have to set the textViewResourceId in your adapter. You can use the ArrayAdapter and give android.R.layout.simple_dropdown_item_1line as the textViewResourceId as shown below.

if you want to create your own style for the items displayed, please create an XML with TextView as the root element like this (lets name it my_custom_dropdown.xml with black color text and white background)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<TextView 
    xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" android:id="@+id/text"
    android:layout_width="wrap_content"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content" 
    android:textSize="20sp" 
    android:padding="5sp"
    android:textColor="@color/black"
    android:background="@color/white"/>

Then refer to the xml in your adapter as below -

ArrayAdapter<String> adapter = new ArrayAdapter<String>(this,R.layout.my_custom_dropdown, yourList);

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You are most of the way there. I recommend using an AutoCompleteTextView and simply binding your List to an ArrayAdapter. (An AutoCompleteTextView already has the dropdown feature to help the user select between similar entries and doesn't require a TextWatcher.)

public class CountriesActivity extends Activity {
     protected void onCreate(Bundle icicle) {
         super.onCreate(icicle);
         setContentView(R.layout.countries);

         ArrayAdapter<String> adapter = new ArrayAdapter<String>(this,
                 android.R.layout.simple_dropdown_item_1line, COUNTRIES);
         AutoCompleteTextView textView = (AutoCompleteTextView)
                 findViewById(R.id.countries_list);
         textView.setAdapter(adapter);
     }

     private static final String[] COUNTRIES = new String[] {
         "Belgium", "France", "Italy", "Germany", "Spain"
     };
 }

(You can use your ArrayList in an identical manner to the primitive Array above.)

thanks,........I was thinking that AutoCompleteTextView will be right below to the EditText :) .... but I actually replaces that EditText

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You can use CursorAdapter.setFilterQueryProvider to filter the list. I have an example on my blog -- it's in the context of an AutoCompleteTextView, but it should work the same way for a ListView.

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please check the code. he is already doing.

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I guessed that, you are getting a list of data from the server based on the string in the autocomplete textview. So that the adapter loads the filtered list whenever the text changes. Try to implement CursorAdapter. Its the better solution for your problem. Just try and let me know.

yes... I have to override getFilter() in Adapter, extends AutoCompleteTextView and override enoughToFilter() to always return true. So this prevents AutoCompleteTExtView dismiss and show.

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Implements Filterable in adapter, and use Filter.

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But if anybody knows a solution to this, I'd greatly appreciate it and would be glad to trade it for some bounty points.

One workaround that came to my mind is now to extend the dialog to the very bottom of the screen but leave the background transparent, so it looks the same as now, but actually has a height that wouldn't cut off the list. I will give that a try...

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Legend. Thanks so much for sharing that bit of info. You've saved me a LOT of time!

i have this bug right now on android.R.layout.select_dialog_item and this only for one autocompletetextview of the 2 I have. I just found the differentiating factor : this versus context.

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I have also this problem, I think it seems to be a bug, i solved this by the following way

Second change your AutoCompleteTextView focusable property to true in onTouch event of that view.For that you have to implement onTouchListener to the AutoCompleteTextview.

Whenever you touching on that AutoCompleteTextView, you should change focusable property to true otherwise keep it focusable to false. So that the dropdown list is never appear when the view is in unfocusable state.

It shows dropdown list automatically, only when the view is in focusable state which is annoying to user, otherwise it works good.

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To set the popup background use popupBackground xml property for AutoCompleteTextView. I also advice you to use Themes for text colors, sizes etc. When you want to style a list on the AutoCompleTextView popup (for example change a divider) you can do it from theme settings like that:

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You can either adjust the layout so that there is more space below the AutoCompleteTextView

you can change the dropdown height android:dropDownHeight and set some high value, this would work when its inside a scrollView and the AutoCompleteTextView is near the top.

To display the list of options on focus do something like this

This would display a list of options when the user focuses on the AutoCompleteTextView

I already set this 300dp for dropDownHeight and it'll goes always upward and also display list when it focus by this focuschangelistener. The problem is for small device.

Did you try putting it in a scroll view and moving the AutoCompleteTextview near the top ?

actually I have put this in tab so on top of tab are available and that much space is there so I have test this to place this control with some top margin

Why the down vote ? what was the issue ?

this is not working any other idea?

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Turns out there is a weird glitch that happens very often if my dynamically loading list is very small and my original list (which comes from my RES folder) is substantially large (500 or so). It doesn't glitch out when the dynamically loaded list is large, perhaps it gives enough time to the AutoCompleteTextView to show suggestions while loading? Not sure about that.

Anyways, the solution was to lower my original size of the arraylist in my res folder

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String reciv ; 
    ArrayList<String> first = new ArrayList<String>();

cursor = dbm.columnValueofTable();
            cursor.moveToFirst();
            startManagingCursor(cursor);

            for (int i = 0; i < cursor.getCount(); i++) {

                reciv = cursor.getString(cursor
                        .getColumnIndex("row1"));


                first.add(reciv);

            }

            System.out.println("LIST OF COURSE NAME  " + first);



            final String[] arrayOfStrings;

            arrayOfStrings = first.toArray(new String[first.size()]);


             AutoCompleteTextView  lst = (AutoCompleteTextView  ) dialog
                        .findViewById(R.id.dialog_list);

                lst.setAdapter(new ArrayAdapter<String>(this,
                                 android.R.layout.simple_list_item_1,android.R.id.text1,
                        arrayOfStrings));

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You can provide a custom ListAdapter that implements Filterable. By creating your own Filter, you can design one that works faster than the default one does.

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So, In your getView method add the following

Spannable spanText = Spannable.Factory.getInstance().newSpannable(textString);
spanText.setSpan(new BackgroundColorSpan(0xFFFFFF00), startIndex, endIndex, Spannable.SPAN_EXCLUSIVE_EXCLUSIVE);
myTv.setText(spanText);

I am not using custom view. I am using auto complete textView(Default android)

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mEdtSearchCity =  (AutoCompleteTextView) findViewById(R.id.edtSearchCity);

mEdtSearchCity.addTextChangedListener(this);

public class SearchCityListActivity extends Activity implements OnItemClickListener,TextWatcher

@Override
    public void afterTextChanged(Editable s) {
        // TODO Auto-generated method stub
        String cityName = mEdtSearchCity.getText().toString();
        cityName = mEdtSearchCity.getText().toString();
        Log.d(TAG, "text changed "+cityName);
        if ( !(cityName.equals("")) ){
        lookupTimeZone(cityName);
        }else{
            adapter.clear();
            adapter.notifyDataSetChanged();
        }
    }
private void lookupTimeZone(String s){
        Log.d(TAG, "cityname "+s); 
        ArrayList<LocationVO> alist = null;
        alist = lookup.getTimeZoneForCity(s);
        Log.d(TAG, "lookup list "+alist.size());

        if ( alist.size() != 0  ){
            //arrayCity.clear();
            adapter.clear();
            LocationVO lo = new LocationVO();
            for ( int i = 0; i < alist.size(); i++) {
                lo = alist.get(i);
                searchResults.add(lo);
            }
            adapter.notifyDataSetChanged();
        }else {
            //Toast.makeText(SearchCityListActivity.this, "No results found", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
            Log.d(TAG, "No data");
            adapter.clear();

        }

public ArrayList<LocationVO> getTimeZoneForCity(String s){
        Cursor c ;
        try{
        String city = s;
        if ( city.contains("'") ){
            Log.d(TAG, "matched");
            String [] as = city.split("'");
            Log.d(TAG, "st "+as[0]+"''"+as[1]);
            c = theDatabase.query("data", new String[] {KEY_CITY, KEY_TIMEZONE, KEY_COUNTRY, KEY_TIMEZONE_DISPLAY_NAME, KEY_TIMEZONE_ID},KEY_CITY+" like '"+as[0]+"''"+as[1]+"%';", null, null, null, null, null);
        }else{
        c = theDatabase.query("data", new String[] {KEY_CITY, KEY_TIMEZONE, KEY_COUNTRY, KEY_TIMEZONE_DISPLAY_NAME, KEY_TIMEZONE_ID},KEY_CITY+" like '"+city+"%';", null, null, null, null, null);
        Log.d(TAG, "Query:- "+c.toString());
        }
        }catch(Exception e){
            Log.d(TAG, "Error getting Timezone for "+KEY_CITY+" : "+e.getMessage());
            ArrayList<LocationVO> a = new ArrayList<LocationVO>();
            return a;
        }

        int count = c.getCount();
        Log.d(TAG, "count "+count);

        if(count == 0){
            ArrayList<LocationVO> list = new ArrayList<LocationVO>();
            Log.d(TAG, "null list"+list);
            return list;
        }
        Log.d(TAG, "outside bound");
        c.moveToFirst();

        ArrayList<LocationVO> list = new ArrayList<LocationVO>();
        for(int i=0;  i<count; i++){

            LocationVO vo = new LocationVO();
            vo.cityName = c.getString(0);
            vo.countryName = c.getString(2);
            vo.setTimezoneString(c.getString(1));
            vo.setTimeZoneDisplayName(c.getString(3));
            vo.setTimeZoneId(c.getString(4));
            list.add(vo);
            c.moveToNext();
        }

        c.close();
        return list;
    }

can you please figure out error in the code above?? an give solution according to the given problem?

3.0 and above android

if i type an alphabet Cursor works fine but i move on further means i type 2nd alphabet then cursor will not work and gives no search . On removing the word these errors occurs

now i checked my code again my Text Watcher receiving the words but the Cursor is not working

yes i did this but this approach also not working

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@Override
    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
        setContentView(R.layout.activity_second);
        Vocabularies = getResources().getStringArray(R.array.Vocabularies_array);
        meanings = getResources().getStringArray(R.array.meanings_array);
        ArrayAdapter<String> adapter = new ArrayAdapter<String>(
                this,
                android.R.layout.simple_dropdown_item_1line, Vocabularies);

        //ArrayAdapter<String> adapter2 = new ArrayAdapter<String>(this,android.R.layout.simple_dropdown_item_1line, meanings);

        AutoCompleteTextView textView =
                (AutoCompleteTextView) findViewById(R.id.vocabularies);

        textView.setThreshold(2); // minimum number of characters to be typed

        textView.setAdapter(adapter); // connect the list of suggestions to the View object

    }

These answers certainly helped, my error was fixed. Thanks a lot guys/girls :)

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