in Delphi TIPS
:: At run time, when ReadOnly for the TListView control is FALSE, the user can click the selected item to "enter" the edit mode. Upon entering the edit mode, the in-place editor for the item's caption is placed "above" the selected item. If you want to allow the user to start editing the caption of an item by a keyboard "shortcut", rather than by the mouse action, you need to handle the OnKeyDown event.
Read the full article to learn how to Force TListView's Edit Mode using a Keyboard Shortcut (F2).