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GridViewRow.RowState Property

Note: This property is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Gets the state of the GridViewRow object.

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

public virtual DataControlRowState RowState { get; set; }
/** @property */
public DataControlRowState get_RowState ()

/** @property */
public void set_RowState (DataControlRowState value)

public function get RowState () : DataControlRowState

public function set RowState (value : DataControlRowState)

Property Value

A bitwise combination of the DataControlRowState values.

Use the RowType property to determine the state of the GridViewRow object. The state can be a bitwise combination of the values in the following table:

Status value



The GridViewRow object is an alternate row in the GridView control.


The GridViewRow object is in edit mode.


The GridViewRow object is in its normal (default) state.


The GridViewRow object is selected.

This property is commonly used to determine the state of a row before performing an operation.

The following example demonstrates how to use the RowState property to determine whether a row is in edit mode or is selected. If the user selects a different row while the GridView control is in edit mode, the GridView control exits edit mode.

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

<script runat="server">
  void AuthorsGridView_SelectedIndexChanged(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    // Get the selected row.
    GridViewRow row = AuthorsGridView.SelectedRow;
    // Check the row state. If the row is not in edit mode and is selected,
    // exit edit mode. This ensures that the GridView control exits edit mode
    // when a user selects a different row while the GridView control is in 
    // edit mode. Notice that the DataControlRowState enumeration is a flag
    // enumeration, which means that you can combine values using bitwise
    // operations.
    if(row.RowState != (DataControlRowState.Edit|DataControlRowState.Selected))
      AuthorsGridView.EditIndex = -1;
  void AuthorsGridView_RowEditing(Object sender, GridViewEditEventArgs e)
    // Get the row being edited.
    GridViewRow row = AuthorsGridView.Rows[e.NewEditIndex];
    // Check the row state. If the row is not in edit mode and is selected,
    // select the current row. This ensures that the GridView control selects
    // the current row when the user clicks the Edit button.
    if(row.RowState != (DataControlRowState.Edit|DataControlRowState.Selected))
      AuthorsGridView.SelectedIndex = e.NewEditIndex;


    <form runat="server">
      <h3>GridViewRow RowState Example</h3>

      <!-- The GridView control automatically sets the columns     -->
      <!-- specified in the datakeynames attribute as read-only    -->
      <!-- No input controls are rendered for these columns in     -->
      <!-- edit mode.                                              -->
      <asp:gridview id="AuthorsGridView" 
        <selectedrowstyle backcolor="Yellow"/>
          <asp:boundfield datafield="au_lname"
            headertext="Last Name"/>
          <asp:boundfield datafield="au_fname"
            headertext="First Name"/> 
      <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects -->
      <!-- to the Pubs sample database.                        -->
      <asp:sqldatasource id="AuthorsSqlDataSource"  
        selectcommand="SELECT [au_id], [au_lname], [au_fname] FROM [authors]"             
        updatecommand="UPDATE authors SET au_lname=@au_lname, au_fname=@au_fname WHERE (authors.au_id = @au_id)" 
        connectionstring="server=localhost;database=pubs;integrated security=SSPI"

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

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0