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DetailsView.DefaultMode Property

Get or sets the default data-entry mode of the DetailsView control.

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

public virtual DetailsViewMode DefaultMode { get; set; }
/** @property */
public DetailsViewMode get_DefaultMode ()

/** @property */
public void set_DefaultMode (DetailsViewMode value)

public function get DefaultMode () : DetailsViewMode

public function set DefaultMode (value : DetailsViewMode)

Not applicable.

Property Value

One of the DetailsViewMode values. The default is DetailsViewMode.ReadOnly.

Exception typeCondition


The specified value is not one of the DetailsViewMode enumeration values.

Use the DefaultMode property to specify whether the DetailsView control returns to edit, insert, or read-only mode after an edit or insert operation is performed. By default, the DetailsView control returns to read-only mode; however, you can keep the DetailsView control in edit or insert mode by setting this property to the appropriate value. The following table lists the different mode values.




The DetailsView control is in edit mode, which allows the user to update the values of a record.


The DetailsView control is in insert mode, which allows the user to add a new record to the data source.


The DetailsView control is in read-only mode, which is the normal display mode.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the DefaultMode property to specify that the DetailsView control should remain in edit mode after a record has been updated.

<%@ Page language="C#" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>DetailsView DefaultMode Example</title>
    <form id="Form1" runat="server">
      <h3>DetailsView DefaultMode Example</h3>
        <asp:detailsview id="CustomerDetailView"
          <headerstyle backcolor="Navy"
        <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects  -->
        <!-- to the Northwind sample database. Use an ASP.NET     -->
        <!-- expression to retrieve the connection string value   -->
        <!-- from the web.config file.                            -->
        <asp:SqlDataSource ID="DetailsViewSource" runat="server" 
            "<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthWindConnectionString%>"
          InsertCommand="INSERT INTO [Customers]([CustomerID],
            [CompanyName], [Address], [City], [PostalCode], [Country]) 
            VALUES (@CustomerID, @CompanyName, @Address, @City, 
            @PostalCode, @Country)"

          SelectCommand="Select [CustomerID], [CompanyName], 
            [Address], [City], [PostalCode], [Country] From 

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

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0