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GridView.SelectedIndex Property

Gets or sets the index of the selected row in a GridView control.

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

'Declaration
<BindableAttribute(True)> _
Public Overridable Property SelectedIndex As Integer

Property Value

Type: System.Int32
The zero-based index of the selected row in a GridView control. The default is -1, which indicates that no row is currently selected.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

The SelectedIndex property is set to a value less than -1.

Use the SelectedIndex property to determine the index of the currently selected row in a GridView control. You can also use this property to programmatically select a row in the control. To clear the selection of a row, set this property to -1. The appearance of the currently selected row can be customized by using the SelectedRowStyle property. To access the currently selected row, use the SelectedRow property.

The following example demonstrates how to use the SelectedIndex property to select the second row in a GridView control when the control is initially displayed.


<%@ Page language="VB" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<script runat="server">

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

    ' Get the currently selected row using the SelectedRow property.
    Dim row As GridViewRow = CustomersGridView.SelectedRow

    ' Display the first name from the selected row.
    ' In this example, the third column (index 2) contains
    ' the first name.
    MessageLabel.Text = "You selected " & row.Cells(2).Text & "."
  End Sub

  Sub CustomersGridView_SelectedIndexChanging(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As GridViewSelectEventArgs)

    ' Get the currently selected row. Because the SelectedIndexChanging event
    ' occurs before the select operation in the GridView control, the
    ' SelectedRow property cannot be used. Instead, use the Rows collection
    ' and the NewSelectedIndex property of the e argument passed to this 
    ' event handler.
    Dim row As GridViewRow = CustomersGridView.Rows(e.NewSelectedIndex)

    ' You can cancel the select operation by using the Cancel
    ' property. For this example, if the user selects a customer with 
    ' the ID "ANATR", the select operation is canceled and an error message
    ' is displayed.
    If row.Cells(1).Text = "ANATR" Then
        e.Cancel = True
        MessageLabel.Text = "You cannot select " + row.Cells(2).Text & "."
    End If

  End Sub

</script>

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>GridView Select Example</title>
</head>
<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

     <h3>GridView Select Example</h3>

     <asp:gridview id="CustomersGridView" 
       datasourceid="CustomersSource" 
       autogeneratecolumns="False"
       autogenerateselectbutton="True"
       selectedindex="1"
       onselectedindexchanged="CustomersGridView_SelectedIndexChanged"
       onselectedindexchanging="CustomersGridView_SelectedIndexChanging"   
       runat="server" DataKeyNames="CustomerID">

         <Columns>
             <asp:BoundField DataField="CustomerID" 
                 HeaderText="CustomerID" 
                 InsertVisible="False" ReadOnly="True" 
                 SortExpression="CustomerID" />
             <asp:BoundField DataField="FirstName" 
                 HeaderText="FirstName" 
                 SortExpression="FirstName" />
             <asp:BoundField DataField="MiddleName" 
                 HeaderText="MiddleName" 
                 SortExpression="MiddleName" />
             <asp:BoundField DataField="LastName" 
                 HeaderText="LastName" 
                 SortExpression="LastName" />
             <asp:BoundField DataField="Phone" 
                 HeaderText="Phone" 
                 SortExpression="Phone" />
         </Columns>

       <selectedrowstyle backcolor="LightCyan"
         forecolor="DarkBlue"
         font-bold="true"/>  

     </asp:gridview>

      <br/>

      <asp:label id="MessageLabel"
        forecolor="Red"
        runat="server"/>

      <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects  -->
      <!-- to the 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, FirstName, MiddleName, LastName, Phone FROM SalesLT.Customer"
        connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:AdventureWorksLTConnectionString %>" 
        runat="server"/>

    </form>

  </body>
</html>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0
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