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DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventHandler Delegate

Represents the method that will handle a CellContextMenuStripNeeded event of a DataGridView.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)
'Declaration
Public Delegate Sub DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventHandler ( _
	sender As Object, _
	e As DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventArgs _
)

The CellContextMenuStripNeeded event occurs only when the DataGridView control DataSource property is set or its VirtualMode property is true.

When you handle the CellContextMenuStripNeeded event, the shortcut menu that you specify in the handler is shown whenever the user right-clicks a cell. This is useful when you want to display shortcut menus determined by the current state or value of a cell.

The CellContextMenuStripNeeded event also occurs whenever the value of the DataGridViewCell.ContextMenuStrip property is retrieved, either programmatically or when the user right-clicks the cell.

You can use the ColumnIndex and RowIndex properties to determine the state or value of a cell, and use this information to set the ContextMenuStrip property. This property is initialized with the value of the cell ContextMenuStrip property, which the event value overrides.

Handle the CellContextMenuStripNeeded event when working with large amounts of data to avoid the performance penalties of setting the cell ContextMenuStrip value for multiple cells. For more information, see Best Practices for Scaling the Windows Forms DataGridView Control.

You can also specify shortcut menus for individual rows rather than individual cells by setting the row ContextMenuStrip property or handling the DataGridView control's RowContextMenuStripNeeded event. The cell ContextMenuStrip property setting overrides the row ContextMenuStrip property setting, and the CellContextMenuStripNeeded event overrides both the RowContextMenuStripNeeded event and the row ContextMenuStrip property setting. You can specify Nothing for a cell shortcut menu, however, to prevent a row shortcut menu from being overridden.

For more information about handling events, see Consuming Events.

When you create a DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventHandler delegate, you identify the method that will handle the event. To associate the event with your event handler, add an instance of the delegate to the event. The event handler is called whenever the event occurs, unless you remove the delegate. For more information about event-handler delegates, see Events and Delegates.

The following code example uses DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventArgs to set the context menu without unsharing the row.


Private WithEvents wholeTable As New ToolStripMenuItem()
Private WithEvents lookUp As New ToolStripMenuItem()
Private strip As ContextMenuStrip
Private cellErrorText As String

Private Sub dataGridView1_CellContextMenuStripNeeded(ByVal sender As Object, _
    ByVal e As DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventArgs) _
    Handles dataGridView1.CellContextMenuStripNeeded

    cellErrorText = String.Empty

    If strip Is Nothing Then
        strip = New ContextMenuStrip()
        lookUp.Text = "Look Up"
        wholeTable.Text = "See Whole Table"
        strip.Items.Add(lookUp)
        strip.Items.Add(wholeTable)
    End If
    e.ContextMenuStrip = strip
End Sub

Private Sub wholeTable_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles wholeTable.Click
    dataGridView1.DataSource = Populate("Select * from employees", True)
End Sub

Private theCellImHoveringOver As DataGridViewCellEventArgs

Private Sub dataGridView1_CellMouseEnter(ByVal sender As Object, _
    ByVal e As DataGridViewCellEventArgs) _
    Handles dataGridView1.CellMouseEnter

    theCellImHoveringOver = e
End Sub

Private cellErrorLocation As DataGridViewCellEventArgs

Private Sub lookUp_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles lookUp.Click
    Try
        dataGridView1.DataSource = Populate("Select * from employees where " & _
            dataGridView1.Columns(theCellImHoveringOver.ColumnIndex).Name & " = '" & _
            dataGridView1.Rows(theCellImHoveringOver.RowIndex).Cells(theCellImHoveringOver.ColumnIndex).Value.ToString() & _
            "'", True)
    Catch ex As SqlException
        cellErrorText = "Can't look this cell up"
        cellErrorLocation = theCellImHoveringOver
    End Try
End Sub

Private Sub dataGridView1_CellErrorTextNeeded(ByVal sender As Object, _
            ByVal e As DataGridViewCellErrorTextNeededEventArgs) _
            Handles dataGridView1.CellErrorTextNeeded
    If (Not cellErrorLocation Is Nothing) Then
        If e.ColumnIndex = cellErrorLocation.ColumnIndex AndAlso _
            e.RowIndex = cellErrorLocation.RowIndex Then
            e.ErrorText = cellErrorText
        End If
    End If
End Sub

Private Function Populate(ByVal query As String, ByVal resetUnsharedCounter As Boolean) As DataTable

    If resetUnsharedCounter Then
        ResetCounter()
    End If

    ' Alter the data source as necessary
    Dim adapter As New SqlDataAdapter(query, _
        New SqlConnection("Integrated Security=SSPI;Persist Security Info=False;" & _
        "Initial Catalog=Northwind;Data Source=localhost"))

    Dim table As New DataTable()
    table.Locale = System.Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture
    adapter.Fill(table)
    Return table
End Function

Private count As New Label()
Private unsharedRowCounter As Integer

Private Sub ResetCounter()
    unsharedRowCounter = 0
    count.Text = unsharedRowCounter.ToString()
End Sub


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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