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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)

public delegate void DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventHandler(
	Object^ sender, 
	DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventArgs^ e

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 nullptr 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.

ToolStripMenuItem^ wholeTable;
ToolStripMenuItem^ lookUp;
System::Windows::Forms::ContextMenuStrip^ strip;
String^ cellErrorText;

void dataGridView1_CellContextMenuStripNeeded( Object^ /*sender*/,
    DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventArgs^ e )
    cellErrorText = String::Empty;
    if ( strip == nullptr )
        strip = gcnew System::Windows::Forms::ContextMenuStrip;
        lookUp->Text = L"Look Up";
        wholeTable->Text = L"See Whole Table";
        strip->Items->Add( lookUp );
        strip->Items->Add( wholeTable );

    e->ContextMenuStrip = strip;

void wholeTable_Click( Object^ /*sender*/, EventArgs^ /*e*/ )
    dataGridView1->DataSource = Populate( L"Select * from employees", true );

DataGridViewCellEventArgs^ theCellImHoveringOver;
void dataGridView1_CellMouseEnter( Object^ /*sender*/, DataGridViewCellEventArgs^ e )
    theCellImHoveringOver = e;

DataGridViewCellEventArgs^ cellErrorLocation;
void lookUp_Click( Object^ /*sender*/, EventArgs^ /*e*/ )
        dataGridView1->DataSource = Populate( String::Format( L"Select * from employees where {0} = '{1}'", dataGridView1->Columns[ theCellImHoveringOver->ColumnIndex ]->Name, dataGridView1->Rows[ theCellImHoveringOver->RowIndex ]->Cells[ theCellImHoveringOver->ColumnIndex ]->Value ), true );
    catch ( ... ) 
        cellErrorText = L"Can't look this cell up";
        cellErrorLocation = theCellImHoveringOver;


void dataGridView1_CellErrorTextNeeded( Object^ /*sender*/, DataGridViewCellErrorTextNeededEventArgs^ e )
    if ( cellErrorLocation != nullptr )
        if ( e->ColumnIndex == cellErrorLocation->ColumnIndex && e->RowIndex == cellErrorLocation->RowIndex )
            e->ErrorText = cellErrorText;

DataTable^ Populate( String^ query, bool resetUnsharedCounter )
    if ( resetUnsharedCounter )

    // Alter the data source as necessary
    SqlDataAdapter^ adapter = gcnew SqlDataAdapter( query,
        gcnew SqlConnection( L"Integrated Security=SSPI;Persist Security Info=False;"
        L"Initial Catalog=Northwind;Data Source= localhost" ) );
    DataTable^ table = gcnew DataTable;
    adapter->Fill( table );
    return table;

Label^ count;
int unsharedRowCounter;
void ResetCounter()
    unsharedRowCounter = 0;
    count->Text = unsharedRowCounter.ToString();

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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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