EmptyDataRowStyle Property
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GridView.EmptyDataRowStyle Property


Gets a reference to the TableItemStyle object that enables you to set the appearance of the empty data row rendered when a GridView control is bound to a data source that 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 enables you to set the appearance of the null row.

Use the EmptyDataRowStyle property to control the appearance of the null row in a GridView control. The null 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 GridView 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 GridView 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 set the EmptyDataRowStyle property declaratively to specify a light blue background and a red font for the null row.

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

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>GridView EmptyDataTemplate Example</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>GridView EmptyDataTemplate Example</h3>

      <asp:gridview id="CustomersGridView" 

        <emptydatarowstyle backcolor="LightBlue"


          <asp:image id="NoDataImage"
            alternatetext="No Image" 

            No Data Found.  



      <!-- 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 following query        -->
      <!-- returns an empty data source to demonstrate the      -->
      <!-- empty row.                                           -->
      <asp:sqldatasource id="CustomersSqlDataSource"  
        selectcommand="Select [CustomerID], [CompanyName], [Address], [City], [PostalCode], [Country] From [Customers] Where CustomerID='NoID'"
        connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthWindConnectionString%>"


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