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IDataGridViewEditingControl Interface

Defines common functionality for controls that are hosted within cells of a DataGridView.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public interface IDataGridViewEditingControl

This interface is implemented by controls, such as DataGridViewComboBoxEditingControl and DataGridViewTextBoxEditingControl, that are hosted by corresponding DataGridView cells, such as DataGridViewComboBoxCell and DataGridViewTextBoxCell, when they are in edit mode.

Cell types that can host editing controls set their EditType property to a Type representing the editing control type. When the cell enters edit mode, the following steps are performed:

  1. The DataGridView control creates an instance of the editing control type.

  2. The DataGridView control calls the cell InitializeEditingControl method. You can override this method to transfer the cell value to the editing control.

  3. The DataGridView control calls the editing control ApplyCellStyleToEditingControl method and passes in the cell's current style. You can implement this method to initialize the appearance of the editing control so that it matches the appearance of the cell.

  4. The DataGridView control calls the editing control PrepareEditingControlForEdit method. You can implement this method to make final adjustments to the editing control, such as selecting the control value.

For more information about implementing IDataGridViewEditingControl, see How to: Host Controls in Windows Forms DataGridView Cells.

Cell types such as DataGridViewCheckBoxCell that provide a user interface (UI) for specifying values without hosting an editing control implement the IDataGridViewEditingCell interface. The UI in this case is displayed regardless of whether the cell is in edit mode.

Other cell types, such as DataGridViewButtonCell, provide a UI but do not store user-specified values. In this case, the cell type does not implement IDataGridViewEditingCell or host an editing control.

The following code example provides an implementation of this interface that derives from DateTimePicker. This example is part of a larger example available in How to: Host Controls in Windows Forms DataGridView Cells.

class CalendarEditingControl : DateTimePicker, IDataGridViewEditingControl
{
    DataGridView dataGridView;
    private bool valueChanged = false;
    int rowIndex;

    public CalendarEditingControl()
    {
        this.Format = DateTimePickerFormat.Short;
    }

    // Implements the IDataGridViewEditingControl.EditingControlFormattedValue  
    // property. 
    public object EditingControlFormattedValue
    {
        get
        {
            return this.Value.ToShortDateString();
        }
        set
        {            
            if (value is String)
            {
                try
                {
                    // This will throw an exception of the string is  
                    // null, empty, or not in the format of a date. 
                    this.Value = DateTime.Parse((String)value);
                }
                catch
                {
                    // In the case of an exception, just use the  
                    // default value so we're not left with a null 
                    // value. 
                    this.Value = DateTime.Now;
                }
            }
        }
    }

    // Implements the  
    // IDataGridViewEditingControl.GetEditingControlFormattedValue method. 
    public object GetEditingControlFormattedValue(
        DataGridViewDataErrorContexts context)
    {
        return EditingControlFormattedValue;
    }

    // Implements the  
    // IDataGridViewEditingControl.ApplyCellStyleToEditingControl method. 
    public void ApplyCellStyleToEditingControl(
        DataGridViewCellStyle dataGridViewCellStyle)
    {
        this.Font = dataGridViewCellStyle.Font;
        this.CalendarForeColor = dataGridViewCellStyle.ForeColor;
        this.CalendarMonthBackground = dataGridViewCellStyle.BackColor;
    }

    // Implements the IDataGridViewEditingControl.EditingControlRowIndex  
    // property. 
    public int EditingControlRowIndex
    {
        get
        {
            return rowIndex;
        }
        set
        {
            rowIndex = value;
        }
    }

    // Implements the IDataGridViewEditingControl.EditingControlWantsInputKey  
    // method. 
    public bool EditingControlWantsInputKey(
        Keys key, bool dataGridViewWantsInputKey)
    {
        // Let the DateTimePicker handle the keys listed. 
        switch (key & Keys.KeyCode)
        {
            case Keys.Left:
            case Keys.Up:
            case Keys.Down:
            case Keys.Right:
            case Keys.Home:
            case Keys.End:
            case Keys.PageDown:
            case Keys.PageUp:
                return true;
            default:
                return !dataGridViewWantsInputKey;
        }
    }

    // Implements the IDataGridViewEditingControl.PrepareEditingControlForEdit  
    // method. 
    public void PrepareEditingControlForEdit(bool selectAll)
    {
        // No preparation needs to be done.
    }

    // Implements the IDataGridViewEditingControl 
    // .RepositionEditingControlOnValueChange property. 
    public bool RepositionEditingControlOnValueChange
    {
        get
        {
            return false;
        }
    }

    // Implements the IDataGridViewEditingControl 
    // .EditingControlDataGridView property. 
    public DataGridView EditingControlDataGridView
    {
        get
        {
            return dataGridView;
        }
        set
        {
            dataGridView = value;
        }
    }

    // Implements the IDataGridViewEditingControl 
    // .EditingControlValueChanged property. 
    public bool EditingControlValueChanged
    {
        get
        {
            return valueChanged;
        }
        set
        {
            valueChanged = value;
        }
    }

    // Implements the IDataGridViewEditingControl 
    // .EditingPanelCursor property. 
    public Cursor EditingPanelCursor
    {
        get
        {
            return base.Cursor;
        }
    }

    protected override void OnValueChanged(EventArgs eventargs)
    {
        // Notify the DataGridView that the contents of the cell 
        // have changed.
        valueChanged = true;
        this.EditingControlDataGridView.NotifyCurrentCellDirty(true);
        base.OnValueChanged(eventargs);
    }
}

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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