C# DataGridView Tutorial

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the DataGridView control and its supporting classes, in detail. Displaying data in a tabular format is a task you are likely to perform frequently. The DataGridView control is designed to be a complete solution for displaying tabular data with Windows Forms. The DataGridView control is highly configurable and extensible, and it provides many properties, methods, and events to customize its appearance and behavior.

The DataGridView control makes it easy to define the basic appearance of cells and the display formatting of cell values. The cell is the fundamental unit of interaction for the DataGridView. All cells derive from the DataGridViewCell base class. Each cell within the DataGridView control can have its own style, such as text format, background color, foreground color, and font. Typically, however, multiple cells will share particular style characteristics. The data type for the cell's Value property by default is of type Object.

The following chapters explain the basics of DataGridView control and steps through an example that builds simple C# programs. All the source code in the following examples ,we chose the Pubs database, which comes with SQL Server , as our target database.


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