DataGridView.FirstDisplayedCell Property

Note: This property is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Gets or sets the first cell currently displayed in the DataGridView; typically, this cell is in the upper left corner.

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

public DataGridViewCell FirstDisplayedCell { get; set; }
/** @property */
public DataGridViewCell get_FirstDisplayedCell ()

/** @property */
public void set_FirstDisplayedCell (DataGridViewCell value)

public function get FirstDisplayedCell () : DataGridViewCell

public function set FirstDisplayedCell (value : DataGridViewCell)

Property Value

The first DataGridViewCell currently displayed in the control.

Exception typeCondition


The specified cell when setting this property is not is not in the DataGridView.


The specified cell when setting this property has a RowIndex or ColumnIndex property value of -1, indicating that it is a header cell or a shared cell.


The specified cell when setting this property has a Visible property value of false.

You can use this property to determine which cell is in the first row and column currently displayed in the control. Typically, this is in the upper left corner, but for right-to-left languages, it is in the upper right corner. You can also set this property to scroll the control to the indicated cell.

The following code example illustrates how to ensure that the current cell is visible after sorting. This code works only with an unbound DataGridView control. With a DataGridView control bound to an external data source, the current cell is not automatically persisted when sorting.

To run this example, paste the following code into a form that contains a DataGridView named dataGridView1. In C#, you must also connect the Sorted event to the event handler.

private void dataGridView1_Sorted(object sender, EventArgs e)
    this.dataGridView1.FirstDisplayedCell = this.dataGridView1.CurrentCell;

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

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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