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DataGrid.SelectedCells Property

Gets the list of cells that are currently selected.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)

public IList<DataGridCellInfo> SelectedCells { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IList<DataGridCellInfo>
The list of cells that are currently selected.

There are three selection modes for DataGrid. The selection mode is set with the SelectionUnit property. Depending on the SelectionUnit, SelectedCells or SelectedItems will contain a collection of selected items as defined in the following table.

DataGridSelectionUnit value

SelectedCells value

SelectedItems value


Collection of selected cells



Collection of cells in the selected rows

Collection of selected rows


Collection of selected cells, including all cells in a selected row

Collection of selected rows or empty if no full rows are selected

When a cell is selected, the DataGridCell.Selected event is raised, the DataGridCell.IsSelected property is set to true, and the cell is added to the SelectedCells collection.

When a row is selected, the DataGridRow.Selected event is raised, the DataGridRow.IsSelected property is set to true, and the row is added to the SelectedItems collection.

When the selection changes, the SelectionChanged and SelectedCellsChanged events are raised if the new or old selection contains a row. The SelectionChanged event is not raised if the new or old selection contains only cells.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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.