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GridView.SelectedRowStyle Property

Gets a reference to the TableItemStyle object that enables you to set the appearance of the selected row in a GridView control.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

[PersistenceModeAttribute(PersistenceMode.InnerProperty)]
public TableItemStyle SelectedRowStyle { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Web.UI.WebControls.TableItemStyle
A reference to the TableItemStyle that represents the style of the selected row in a GridView control.

Use the SelectedRowStyle property to control the appearance of the selected row in a GridView control. This property is read-only; however, you can set the properties of the TableItemStyle object it returns. The properties can be set declaratively using one of the following methods:

  • Place an attribute in the opening tag of the GridView control in the form Property-Subproperty, where Subproperty is a property of the TableItemStyle object (for example, SelectedRowStyle-ForeColor).

  • Nest a <SelectedRowStyle> element between the opening and closing tags of the GridView control.

The properties can also be set programmatically in the form Property.Subproperty (for example, SelectedRowStyle.ForeColor). Common settings usually include a custom background color, foreground color, and font properties.

The following example demonstrates how to use the SelectedRowStyle property to define a custom style for the selected row in a GridView control.


<%@ Page language="C#" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<script runat="server">

  void CustomersGridView_SelectedIndexChanged(Object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    // Get the currently selected row using the SelectedRow property.
    GridViewRow row = CustomersGridView.SelectedRow;

    // Display the first name from the selected row.
    // In this example, the third column (index 2) contains
    // the first name.
    MessageLabel.Text = "You selected " + row.Cells[2].Text + ".";
  }

  void CustomersGridView_SelectedIndexChanging(Object sender, GridViewSelectEventArgs e)
  {
    // Get the currently selected row. Because the SelectedIndexChanging event
    // occurs before the select operation in the GridView control, the
    // SelectedRow property cannot be used. Instead, use the Rows collection
    // and the NewSelectedIndex property of the e argument passed to this 
    // event handler.
    GridViewRow row = CustomersGridView.Rows[e.NewSelectedIndex];

    // You can cancel the select operation by using the Cancel
    // property. For this example, if the user selects a customer with 
    // the ID "ANATR", the select operation is canceled and an error message
    // is displayed.
    if (row.Cells[1].Text == "ANATR")
    {
      e.Cancel = true;
      MessageLabel.Text = "You cannot select " + row.Cells[2].Text + "."; 
    }
  }

</script>

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>GridView Select Example</title>
</head>
<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

     <h3>GridView Select Example</h3>

     <asp:gridview id="CustomersGridView" 
       datasourceid="CustomersSource" 
       autogeneratecolumns="False"
       autogenerateselectbutton="True"
       selectedindex="1"
       onselectedindexchanged="CustomersGridView_SelectedIndexChanged"
       onselectedindexchanging="CustomersGridView_SelectedIndexChanging"   
       runat="server" DataKeyNames="CustomerID">

         <Columns>
             <asp:BoundField DataField="CustomerID" 
                 HeaderText="CustomerID" 
                 InsertVisible="False" ReadOnly="True" 
                 SortExpression="CustomerID" />
             <asp:BoundField DataField="FirstName" 
                 HeaderText="FirstName" 
                 SortExpression="FirstName" />
             <asp:BoundField DataField="MiddleName" 
                 HeaderText="MiddleName" 
                 SortExpression="MiddleName" />
             <asp:BoundField DataField="LastName" 
                 HeaderText="LastName" 
                 SortExpression="LastName" />
             <asp:BoundField DataField="Phone" 
                 HeaderText="Phone" 
                 SortExpression="Phone" />
         </Columns>

       <selectedrowstyle backcolor="LightCyan"
         forecolor="DarkBlue"
         font-bold="true"/>  

     </asp:gridview>

      <br/>

      <asp:label id="MessageLabel"
        forecolor="Red"
        runat="server"/>

      <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects  -->
      <!-- to the sample database. Use an ASP.NET     -->
      <!-- expression to retrieve the connection string value   -->
      <!-- from the Web.config file.                            -->
      <asp:sqldatasource id="CustomersSource"
        selectcommand="SELECT CustomerID, FirstName, MiddleName, LastName, Phone FROM SalesLT.Customer"
        connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:AdventureWorksLTConnectionString %>" 
        runat="server"/>

    </form>
  </body>
</html>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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