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How to: Create a Grid Element

The following example shows how to create and use an instance of Grid by using either Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) or code. This example uses three ColumnDefinition objects and three RowDefinition objects to create a grid that has nine cells, such as in a worksheet. Each cell contains a TextBlock element that represents data, and the top row contains a TextBlock with the ColumnSpan property applied. To show the boundaries of each cell, the ShowGridLines property is enabled.

Public Sub New()
    WindowTitle = "Grid Sample"
    'Create a Grid as the root Panel element
    Dim myGrid As New Grid()
    myGrid.Height = 100
    myGrid.Width = 250
    myGrid.ShowGridLines = True
    myGrid.HorizontalAlignment = Windows.HorizontalAlignment.Left
    myGrid.VerticalAlignment = Windows.VerticalAlignment.Top

    ' Define and Add the Rows and Columns
    Dim colDef1 As New ColumnDefinition
    Dim colDef2 As New ColumnDefinition
    Dim colDef3 As New ColumnDefinition

    Dim rowDef1 As New RowDefinition
    Dim rowDef2 As New RowDefinition
    Dim rowDef3 As New RowDefinition
    Dim rowDef4 As New RowDefinition

    Dim txt1 As New TextBlock
    txt1.Text = "2004 Products Shipped"
    txt1.FontSize = 20
    txt1.FontWeight = FontWeights.Bold
    Grid.SetColumnSpan(txt1, 3)
    Grid.SetRow(txt1, 0)

    Dim txt2 As New TextBlock
    txt2.Text = "Quarter 1"
    txt2.FontSize = 12
    txt2.FontWeight = FontWeights.Bold
    Grid.SetRow(txt2, 1)
    Grid.SetColumn(txt2, 0)

    Dim txt3 As New TextBlock
    txt3.Text = "Quarter 2"
    txt3.FontSize = 12
    txt3.FontWeight = FontWeights.Bold
    Grid.SetRow(txt3, 1)
    Grid.SetColumn(txt3, 1)

    Dim txt4 As New TextBlock
    txt4.Text = "Quarter 3"
    txt4.FontSize = 12
    txt4.FontWeight = FontWeights.Bold
    Grid.SetRow(txt4, 1)
    Grid.SetColumn(txt4, 2)

    Dim txt5 As New TextBlock
    txt5.Text = "50,000"
    Grid.SetRow(txt5, 2)
    Grid.SetColumn(txt5, 0)

    Dim txt6 As New Controls.TextBlock
    txt6.Text = "100,000"
    Grid.SetRow(txt6, 2)
    Grid.SetColumn(txt6, 1)

    Dim txt7 As New TextBlock
    txt7.Text = "150,000"
    Grid.SetRow(txt7, 2)
    Grid.SetColumn(txt7, 2)

    ' Add the final TextBlock Cell to the Grid
    Dim txt8 As New TextBlock
    txt8.FontSize = 16
    txt8.FontWeight = FontWeights.Bold
    txt8.Text = "Total Units: 300000"
    Grid.SetRow(txt8, 3)
    Grid.SetColumnSpan(txt8, 3)

    Me.Content = myGrid
End Sub

<Page xmlns="" WindowTitle="Grid Sample">
    <Grid VerticalAlignment="Top" HorizontalAlignment="Left" ShowGridLines="True" Width="250" Height="100">
        <ColumnDefinition />
        <ColumnDefinition />
        <ColumnDefinition />
        <RowDefinition />
        <RowDefinition />
        <RowDefinition />
        <RowDefinition />

      <TextBlock FontSize="20" FontWeight="Bold" Grid.ColumnSpan="3" Grid.Row="0">2005 Products Shipped</TextBlock>
      <TextBlock FontSize="12" FontWeight="Bold" Grid.Row="1" Grid.Column="0">Quarter 1</TextBlock>
      <TextBlock FontSize="12" FontWeight="Bold" Grid.Row="1" Grid.Column="1">Quarter 2</TextBlock>
      <TextBlock FontSize="12" FontWeight="Bold" Grid.Row="1" Grid.Column="2">Quarter 3</TextBlock>
      <TextBlock Grid.Row="2" Grid.Column="0">50000</TextBlock>
      <TextBlock Grid.Row="2" Grid.Column="1">100000</TextBlock>
      <TextBlock Grid.Row="2" Grid.Column="2">150000</TextBlock>
      <TextBlock FontSize="16" FontWeight="Bold" Grid.ColumnSpan="3" Grid.Row="3">Total Units: 300000</TextBlock>