How to: Manipulate Bands in the Windows Forms DataGridView Control

The following code example shows various ways to manipulate DataGridView rows and columns using properties of the DataGridViewBand class from which the DataGridViewRow and DataGridViewColumn classes derive.

using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System;

public class DataGridViewBandDemo : Form
    #region "form setup"
    public DataGridViewBandDemo()

        AddButton(Button1, "Reset",
            new EventHandler(Button1_Click));
        AddButton(Button2, "Change Column 3 Header",
            new EventHandler(Button2_Click));
        AddButton(Button3, "Change Meatloaf Recipe",
            new EventHandler(Button3_Click));


    DataGridView dataGridView;
    Button Button1 = new Button();
    Button Button2 = new Button();
    Button Button3 = new Button();
    Button Button4 = new Button();
    Button Button5 = new Button();
    Button Button6 = new Button();
    Button Button7 = new Button();
    Button Button8 = new Button();
    Button Button9 = new Button();
    Button Button10 = new Button();
    FlowLayoutPanel FlowLayoutPanel1 = new FlowLayoutPanel();

    private void InitializeComponent()
        FlowLayoutPanel1.Location = new Point(454, 0);
        FlowLayoutPanel1.AutoSize = true;
        FlowLayoutPanel1.FlowDirection = FlowDirection.TopDown;
        AutoSize = true;
        ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(614, 360);
        FlowLayoutPanel1.Name = "flowlayoutpanel";
        Text = this.GetType().Name;

    #region "setup DataGridView"

    private string thirdColumnHeader = "Main Ingredients";
    private string boringMeatloaf = "ground beef";
    private string boringMeatloafRanking = "*";
    private bool boringRecipe;
    private bool shortMode;

    private void InitializeDataGridView()
        dataGridView = new System.Windows.Forms.DataGridView();
        dataGridView.Size = new Size(300, 200);

        // Create an unbound DataGridView by declaring a
        // column count.
        dataGridView.ColumnCount = 4;

        // Set the column header style.
        DataGridViewCellStyle columnHeaderStyle =
            new DataGridViewCellStyle();
        columnHeaderStyle.BackColor = Color.Aqua;
        columnHeaderStyle.Font =
            new Font("Verdana", 10, FontStyle.Bold);
        dataGridView.ColumnHeadersDefaultCellStyle =

        // Set the column header names.
        dataGridView.Columns[0].Name = "Recipe";
        dataGridView.Columns[1].Name = "Category";
        dataGridView.Columns[2].Name = thirdColumnHeader;
        dataGridView.Columns[3].Name = "Rating";

        // Populate the rows.
        string[] row1 = new string[]{"Meatloaf", 
                                        "Main Dish", boringMeatloaf, boringMeatloafRanking};
        string[] row2 = new string[]{"Key Lime Pie", 
                                        "Dessert", "lime juice, evaporated milk", "****"};
        string[] row3 = new string[]{"Orange-Salsa Pork Chops", 
                                        "Main Dish", "pork chops, salsa, orange juice", "****"};
        string[] row4 = new string[]{"Black Bean and Rice Salad", 
                                        "Salad", "black beans, brown rice", "****"};
        string[] row5 = new string[]{"Chocolate Cheesecake", 
                                        "Dessert", "cream cheese", "***"};
        string[] row6 = new string[]{"Black Bean Dip", "Appetizer",
                                        "black beans, sour cream", "***"};
        object[] rows = new object[] { row1, row2, row3, row4, row5, row6 };

        foreach (string[] rowArray in rows)


        shortMode = false;
        boringRecipe = true;

    void AddButton(Button button, string buttonLabel,
        EventHandler handler)
        button.TabIndex = FlowLayoutPanel1.Controls.Count;
        button.Text = buttonLabel;
        button.AutoSize = true;
        button.Click += handler;

    // Reset columns to initial disorderly arrangement.
    private void Button1_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)

    // Change the header in column three.
    private void Button2_Click(object sender,
        System.EventArgs e)
        Toggle(ref shortMode);
        if (shortMode)
        { dataGridView.Columns[2].HeaderText = "S"; }
        { dataGridView.Columns[2].HeaderText = thirdColumnHeader; }

    private static void Toggle(ref bool toggleThis)
        toggleThis = !toggleThis;

    // Change the meatloaf recipe.
    private void Button3_Click(object sender,
        System.EventArgs e)
        Toggle(ref boringRecipe);
        if (boringRecipe)
            SetMeatloaf(boringMeatloaf, boringMeatloafRanking);
            string greatMeatloafRecipe =
                "1 lb. lean ground beef, " +
                "1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1/4 cup ketchup," +
                "1/3 tsp onion powder, " +
                "1 clove of garlic, 1/2 pack onion soup mix " +
                " dash of your favorite BBQ Sauce";
            SetMeatloaf(greatMeatloafRecipe, "***");

    private void SetMeatloaf(string recipe, string rating)
        dataGridView.Rows[0].Cells[2].Value = recipe;
        dataGridView.Rows[0].Cells[3].Value = rating;

    #region "demonstration code"
    private void AddAdditionalButtons()
        AddButton(Button4, "Freeze First Row",
            new EventHandler(Button4_Click));
        AddButton(Button5, "Freeze Second Column",
            new EventHandler(Button5_Click));
        AddButton(Button6, "Hide Salad Row",
            new EventHandler(Button6_Click));
        AddButton(Button7, "Disable First Column Resizing",
            new EventHandler(Button7_Click));
        AddButton(Button8, "Make ReadOnly",
            new EventHandler(Button8_Click));
        AddButton(Button9, "Style Using Tag",
            new EventHandler(Button9_Click));

    private void AdjustDataGridViewSizing()
        dataGridView.AutoSizeRowsMode =
        dataGridView.ColumnHeadersHeightSizeMode = 

    // Freeze the first row.
    private void Button4_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)


    private void Button5_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)


    private static void FreezeBand(DataGridViewBand band)
        band.Frozen = true;
        DataGridViewCellStyle style = new DataGridViewCellStyle();
        style.BackColor = Color.WhiteSmoke;
        band.DefaultCellStyle = style;

    // Hide a band of cells.
    private void Button6_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)

        DataGridViewBand band = dataGridView.Rows[3];
        band.Visible = false;

    // Turn off user's ability to resize a column.
    private void Button7_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)

        DataGridViewBand band = dataGridView.Columns[0];
        band.Resizable = DataGridViewTriState.False;

    // Make the the entire DataGridView read only.
    private void Button8_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
        foreach (DataGridViewBand band in dataGridView.Columns)
            band.ReadOnly = true;

    private void PostRowCreation()
        SetBandColor(dataGridView.Columns[0], Color.CadetBlue);
        SetBandColor(dataGridView.Rows[1], Color.Coral);
        SetBandColor(dataGridView.Columns[2], Color.DodgerBlue);

    private static void SetBandColor(DataGridViewBand band, Color color)
        band.Tag = color;

    // Color the bands by the value stored in their tag.
    private void Button9_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)

        foreach (DataGridViewBand band in dataGridView.Columns)
            if (band.Tag != null)
                band.DefaultCellStyle.BackColor = (Color)band.Tag;

        foreach (DataGridViewBand band in dataGridView.Rows)
            if (band.Tag != null)
                band.DefaultCellStyle.BackColor = (Color)band.Tag;

    public static void Main()
        Application.Run(new DataGridViewBandDemo());

This example requires:

  • References to the System, System.Drawing, and System.Windows.Forms assemblies.

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