FormView.EmptyDataRowStyle Property


Gets a reference to the TableItemStyle object that allows you to set the appearance of the empty data row displayed when the data source bound to a FormView control does not contain any records.

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

public TableItemStyle EmptyDataRowStyle { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Web.UI.WebControls.TableItemStyle

A reference to the TableItemStyle that allows you to set the appearance of the empty data row.

Use the EmptyDataRowStyle property to control the appearance of the empty data row in a FormView control. The empty data row is displayed when the data source that is bound to the control does not contain any records. This property is read-only; however, you can set the properties of the TableItemStyle object it returns. The properties can be set declaratively using one of the following methods:

  • Place an attribute in the opening tag of the FormView control in the form Property-Subproperty, where Subproperty is a property of the TableItemStyle object (for example, EmptyDataRowStyle-ForeColor).

  • Nest an <EmptyDataRowStyle> element between the opening and closing tags of the FormView control.

The properties can also be set programmatically in the form Property.Subproperty (for example, EmptyDataRowStyle.ForeColor). Common settings usually include a custom background color, foreground color, and font properties.

The following example demonstrates how to use the EmptyDataRowStyle property to specify a custom style for the empty data row displayed when a FormView control is bound to a data source that does not contain any records.

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

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>FormView EmptyDataText Example</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>FormView EmptyDataText Example</h3>

      <asp:formview id="EmployeeFormView"
        emptydatatext="No records available." 

        <EmptyDataRowStyle BackColor="Red"


                <asp:image id="EmployeeImage"
                  imageurl='<%# Eval("PhotoPath") %>'
                  alternatetext='<%# Eval("LastName") %>' 
                <h3><%# Eval("FirstName") %>&nbsp;<%# Eval("LastName") %></h3>      
                <%# Eval("Title") %>        


        <pagersettings position="Bottom"


      <!-- 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.                            -->

      <!-- The select query for the following SqlDataSource     -->
      <!-- control is intentionally set to return no results    -->
      <!-- to demonstrate the empty data row.                   -->  
      <asp:sqldatasource id="EmployeeSource"
        selectcommand="Select [EmployeeID], [LastName], [FirstName], [Title], [PhotoPath] From [Employees] Where [EmployeeID]=1000"
        connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthWindConnectionString%>" 


.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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