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DataGridViewLinkColumn Class

Represents a column of cells that contain links in a DataGridView control.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)
[ToolboxBitmapAttribute(typeof(DataGridViewLinkColumn), "DataGridViewLinkColumn.bmp")]
public class DataGridViewLinkColumn : DataGridViewColumn

The DataGridViewLinkColumn class is a specialized type of the DataGridViewColumn class used to logically host cells that respond to user clicks. The DataGridViewLinkColumn class is similar to the DataGridViewButtonColumn class but provides a different user experience that may be more appropriate in certain situations, such as displaying a URL stored in a database table.

To display the same link text for every cell, set the UseColumnTextForLinkValue property to true and set the Text property to the desired link text.

A DataGridViewLinkColumn has an associated DataGridViewLinkCell in every DataGridViewRow that intersects it.

The default sort mode for this column type is NotSortable.

To respond to user link clicks, handle the DataGridView.CellContentClick event. You can also use the DataGridView.CellClick event to respond to clicks anywhere in the cell.

Notes to Inheritors:

When you derive from DataGridViewLinkColumn and add new properties to the derived class, be sure to override the Clone method to copy the new properties during cloning operations. You should also call the base class's Clone method so that the properties of the base class are copied to the new cell.

The following code example sets properties on a DataGridViewLinkColumn. This example is part of a larger example available in the DataGridViewComboBoxColumn class overview topic.

private void AddLinkColumn()
{
    DataGridViewLinkColumn links = new DataGridViewLinkColumn();

    links.UseColumnTextForLinkValue = true;
    links.HeaderText = ColumnName.ReportsTo.ToString();
    links.DataPropertyName = ColumnName.ReportsTo.ToString();
    links.ActiveLinkColor = Color.White;
    links.LinkBehavior = LinkBehavior.SystemDefault;
    links.LinkColor = Color.Blue;
    links.TrackVisitedState = true;
    links.VisitedLinkColor = Color.YellowGreen;

    DataGridView1.Columns.Add(links);
}
Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0
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