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GridView.HeaderRow Property

Gets a GridViewRow object that represents the header row in a GridView control.

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

<BrowsableAttribute(False)> _
Public Overridable ReadOnly Property HeaderRow As GridViewRow

Property Value

Type: System.Web.UI.WebControls.GridViewRow
A GridViewRow that represents the header row in a GridView control.

Use the HeaderRow property to programmatically access the GridViewRow object that represents the header row in a GridView control.


The HeaderRow property is available only after the GridView control creates the header row in the RowCreated event.

This property is commonly used when you need to programmatically manipulate the header row, for example, when adding custom content. Any modification to the HeaderRow property must be performed after the GridView control has been rendered; otherwise, the GridView control will overwrite any changes.

The following example demonstrates how to use the HeaderRow property to programmatically change the font color of the header row based on the sort direction.

<%@ Page language="VB" %>

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

  Sub CustomersGridView_DataBound(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)

    ' Get the header row.
    Dim headerRow As GridViewRow = CustomersGridView.HeaderRow

    ' Get the footer row.
    Dim footerRow As GridViewRow = CustomersGridView.FooterRow

    ' Set the font color of the header and footer rows
    ' based on the sort direction. 
    Select Case CustomersGridView.SortDirection

      Case SortDirection.Ascending
        headerRow.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Green
        footerRow.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Green
      Case SortDirection.Descending
        headerRow.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red
        footerRow.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red
      Case Else
        headerRow.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black
        footerRow.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black

    End Select

    ' Display the sort order in the footer row.
    footerRow.Cells(0).Text = "Sort Order = " & CustomersGridView.SortDirection.ToString()

  End Sub


<html xmlns="" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>GridView HeaderRow and FooterRow Example</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>GridView HeaderRow and FooterRow Example</h3>

      <asp:gridview id="CustomersGridView" 
        emptydatatext="No data available." 

        <headerstyle backcolor="LightCyan"

        <footerstyle backcolor="LightCyan"


      <!-- 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="CustomersSource"
        selectcommand="Select [CustomerID], [CompanyName], [Address], [City], [PostalCode], [Country] From [Customers]"
        connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthWindConnectionString%>" 


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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