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BindingNavigator Class

Represents the navigation and manipulation user interface (UI) for controls on a form that are bound to data.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public ref class BindingNavigator : public ToolStrip, 

The BindingNavigator control represents a standardized way to navigate and manipulate data on a form. In most cases, a BindingNavigator is paired with a BindingSource control to move through data records on a form and interact with them. In these cases, the BindingSource property is set to the associated System.Windows.Forms::BindingSource component that acts as a data source.

By default, the BindingNavigator control's user interface (UI) is composed of a series of ToolStrip buttons, text boxes, and static text elements for most common data-related actions, such as adding data, deleting data, and navigating through data. Each of these controls can be retrieved or set through an associated member of the BindingNavigator control. Likewise, there is also a one-to-one correspondence to members within the BindingSource class that programmatically perform the same functionality, as shown in the following table.

UI Control

BindingNavigator member

BindingSource member

Move First



Move Previous



Current Position






Move Next



Move Last



Add New






Adding a BindingNavigator control to a form and binding it to a data source, such as a BindingSource, will automatically establish the relationships in this table.

You can use one of the following techniques to customize this toolbar:

  • Create the BindingNavigator with the BindingNavigator(Boolean) constructor, which accepts a Boolean addStandardItems parameter, and set this parameter to false. Then add the desired ToolStripItem objects to the Items collection.

  • If a great deal of customization is desired, or the custom design will be reused, derive a class from BindingNavigator and override the AddStandardItems method to define additional or alternate standard items.

The following code example demonstrates how to use a BindingNavigator control to move through a data set. The set is contained in a DataView, which is bound to a TextBox control with a BindingSource component.

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Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0