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How to: Disable Buttons in a Button Column in the Windows Forms DataGridView Control

The DataGridView control includes the DataGridViewButtonCell class for displaying cells with a user interface (UI) like a button. However, DataGridViewButtonCell does not provide a way to disable the appearance of the button displayed by the cell.

The following code example demonstrates how to customize the DataGridViewButtonCell class to display buttons that can appear disabled. The example defines a new cell type, DataGridViewDisableButtonCell, that derives from DataGridViewButtonCell. This cell type provides a new Enabled property that can be set to false to draw a disabled button in the cell. The example also defines a new column type, DataGridViewDisableButtonColumn, that displays DataGridViewDisableButtonCell objects. To demonstrate this new cell and column type, the current value of each DataGridViewCheckBoxCell in the parent DataGridView determines whether the Enabled property of the DataGridViewDisableButtonCell in the same row is true or false.

Note Note

When you derive from DataGridViewCell or DataGridViewColumn 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 or column.

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

class Form1 : Form
    private DataGridView dataGridView1 = new DataGridView();

    public static void Main()
        Application.Run(new Form1());

    public Form1()
        this.AutoSize = true;
        this.Load += new EventHandler(Form1_Load);

    public void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        DataGridViewCheckBoxColumn column0 =
            new DataGridViewCheckBoxColumn();
        DataGridViewDisableButtonColumn column1 =
            new DataGridViewDisableButtonColumn();
        column0.Name = "CheckBoxes";
        column1.Name = "Buttons";
        dataGridView1.RowCount = 8;
        dataGridView1.AutoSize = true;
        dataGridView1.AllowUserToAddRows = false;
        dataGridView1.ColumnHeadersDefaultCellStyle.Alignment =

        // Set the text for each button. 
        for (int i = 0; i < dataGridView1.RowCount; i++)
            dataGridView1.Rows[i].Cells["Buttons"].Value =
                "Button " + i.ToString();

        dataGridView1.CellValueChanged +=
            new DataGridViewCellEventHandler(dataGridView1_CellValueChanged);
        dataGridView1.CurrentCellDirtyStateChanged +=
            new EventHandler(dataGridView1_CurrentCellDirtyStateChanged);
        dataGridView1.CellClick +=
            new DataGridViewCellEventHandler(dataGridView1_CellClick);


    // This event handler manually raises the CellValueChanged event 
    // by calling the CommitEdit method. 
    void dataGridView1_CurrentCellDirtyStateChanged(object sender,
        EventArgs e)
        if (dataGridView1.IsCurrentCellDirty)

    // If a check box cell is clicked, this event handler disables   
    // or enables the button in the same row as the clicked cell. 
    public void dataGridView1_CellValueChanged(object sender,
        DataGridViewCellEventArgs e)
        if (dataGridView1.Columns[e.ColumnIndex].Name == "CheckBoxes")
            DataGridViewDisableButtonCell buttonCell =

            DataGridViewCheckBoxCell checkCell =
            buttonCell.Enabled = !(Boolean)checkCell.Value;


    // If the user clicks on an enabled button cell, this event handler   
    // reports that the button is enabled. 
    void dataGridView1_CellClick(object sender,
        DataGridViewCellEventArgs e)
        if (dataGridView1.Columns[e.ColumnIndex].Name == "Buttons")
            DataGridViewDisableButtonCell buttonCell =

            if (buttonCell.Enabled)
                    Cells[e.ColumnIndex].Value.ToString() +
                    " is enabled");

public class DataGridViewDisableButtonColumn : DataGridViewButtonColumn
    public DataGridViewDisableButtonColumn()
        this.CellTemplate = new DataGridViewDisableButtonCell();

public class DataGridViewDisableButtonCell : DataGridViewButtonCell
    private bool enabledValue;
    public bool Enabled
            return enabledValue;
            enabledValue = value;

    // Override the Clone method so that the Enabled property is copied. 
    public override object Clone()
        DataGridViewDisableButtonCell cell =
        cell.Enabled = this.Enabled;
        return cell;

    // By default, enable the button cell. 
    public DataGridViewDisableButtonCell()
        this.enabledValue = true;

    protected override void Paint(Graphics graphics,
        Rectangle clipBounds, Rectangle cellBounds, int rowIndex,
        DataGridViewElementStates elementState, object value,
        object formattedValue, string errorText,
        DataGridViewCellStyle cellStyle,
        DataGridViewAdvancedBorderStyle advancedBorderStyle,
        DataGridViewPaintParts paintParts)
        // The button cell is disabled, so paint the border,   
        // background, and disabled button for the cell. 
        if (!this.enabledValue)
            // Draw the cell background, if specified. 
            if ((paintParts & DataGridViewPaintParts.Background) ==
                SolidBrush cellBackground =
                    new SolidBrush(cellStyle.BackColor);
                graphics.FillRectangle(cellBackground, cellBounds);

            // Draw the cell borders, if specified. 
            if ((paintParts & DataGridViewPaintParts.Border) ==
                PaintBorder(graphics, clipBounds, cellBounds, cellStyle,

            // Calculate the area in which to draw the button.
            Rectangle buttonArea = cellBounds;
            Rectangle buttonAdjustment =
            buttonArea.X += buttonAdjustment.X;
            buttonArea.Y += buttonAdjustment.Y;
            buttonArea.Height -= buttonAdjustment.Height;
            buttonArea.Width -= buttonAdjustment.Width;

            // Draw the disabled button.                
            ButtonRenderer.DrawButton(graphics, buttonArea,

            // Draw the disabled button text.  
            if (this.FormattedValue is String) 
                    buttonArea, SystemColors.GrayText);
            // The button cell is enabled, so let the base class  
            // handle the painting. 
            base.Paint(graphics, clipBounds, cellBounds, rowIndex,
                elementState, value, formattedValue, errorText,
                cellStyle, advancedBorderStyle, paintParts);

This example requires:

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

For information about building this example from the command line for Visual Basic or Visual C#, see Building from the Command Line (Visual Basic) or Command-line Building With csc.exe. You can also build this example in Visual Studio by pasting the code into a new project. Also see How to: Compile and Run a Complete Windows Forms Code Example Using Visual Studio.

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