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ButtonColumn.DataTextField Property

Gets or sets the field name from a data source to bind to the ButtonColumn object.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

public virtual string DataTextField { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The field name to bind to the ButtonColumn. The default is an empty string ("").

Use the DataTextField property to specify the field name from the data source to bind to the Text property of the buttons in the ButtonColumn object.

Binding the column to a field instead of directly setting the Text property allows you to display different captions for the buttons in the ButtonColumn by using the values in the specified field.

The value of this property is stored in view state.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the DataTextField property to bind the ButtonColumn object to a field in a data source.

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="True" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Data" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" 
<html xmlns="" >
   <script language="c#" runat="server">

      ICollection CreateDataSource() 
         DataTable dt = new DataTable();
         DataRow dr;

         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("IntegerValue", typeof(Int32)));
         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("StringValue", typeof(string)));
         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("CurrencyValue", typeof(double)));

         for (int i = 0; i < 9; i++) 
            dr = dt.NewRow();

            dr[0] = i;
            dr[1] = "Item " + i.ToString();
            dr[2] = 1.23 * (i + 1);


         DataView dv = new DataView(dt);
         return dv;

      void Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e) 
         if (!IsPostBack) 
            // Load this data only once.
            ItemsGrid.DataSource= CreateDataSource();

      void Grid_CartCommand(Object sender, DataGridCommandEventArgs e) 

         // e.Item is the table row where the command is raised. 
         // For bound columns, the value is stored in the Text property of the TableCell.
         Label1.Text = "You selected: " + e.Item.Cells[0].Text + ".";        



<head runat="server">
    <title>ButtonColumn Example</title>

   <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>ButtonColumn Example</h3>

      <b>Product List</b>

      <asp:DataGrid id="ItemsGrid"

         <HeaderStyle BackColor="#00aaaa">



                 CommandName="AddToCart" /> 



      <br /><br />

      <asp:Label id="Label1" runat="server"/>



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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0