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DataGridViewCell.GetInheritedState Method

Returns a value indicating the current state of the cell as inherited from the state of its row and column.

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

public virtual DataGridViewElementStates GetInheritedState(
	int rowIndex


Type: System.Int32

The index of the row containing the cell.

Return Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewElementStates
A bitwise combination of DataGridViewElementStates values representing the current state of the cell.


The cell is not contained within a DataGridView control and rowIndex is not -1.


rowIndex is not the index of the row containing this cell.


The cell is contained within a DataGridView control and rowIndex is outside the valid range of 0 to the number of rows in the control minus 1.

This method is useful to determine the state of a cell in a shared row. Shared rows have Index values of -1, which prevents you from using the InheritedState property with cells in shared rows. To use this method, pass in the actual index of the row containing this cell. You can retrieve the actual index of a shared row by calling the IndexOf method.

.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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