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CellErrorTextNeeded Event
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DataGridView::CellErrorTextNeeded Event

Occurs when a cell's error text is needed.

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

public:
 event DataGridViewCellErrorTextNeededEventHandler^ CellErrorTextNeeded {
	void add (DataGridViewCellErrorTextNeededEventHandler^ value);
	void remove (DataGridViewCellErrorTextNeededEventHandler^ value);
}

The CellErrorTextNeeded event occurs only when the DataGridView control DataSource property is set or its VirtualMode property is true. Handling the CellErrorTextNeeded event is useful when you want to determine the error for a cell depending on its value or state.

When you handle the CellErrorTextNeeded event and specify error text in the handler, an error glyph appears in the cell unless the ShowCellErrors property is set to false or the cell is in edit mode. When the user moves the mouse pointer over the error glyph, the error text appears in a ToolTip.

The CellErrorTextNeeded event also occurs whenever the value of the DataGridViewCell::ErrorText property is retrieved.

You can use the DataGridViewCellEventArgs::RowIndex and ColumnIndex property to determine the state or value of a cell, and use this information to change or modify the DataGridViewCellErrorTextNeededEventArgs::ErrorText property. This property is initialized with the value of the cell ErrorText property, which the event value overrides.

Handle the CellErrorTextNeeded event when working with large amounts of data to avoid the performance penalties of setting the cell ErrorText value for multiple cells. For more information, see Best Practices for Scaling the Windows Forms DataGridView Control.

For more information about handling events, see Consuming Events.

The following code example demonstrates how to create error messages for cells without unsharing rows or causing the cell error to be duplicated over all the shared cells.

ToolStripMenuItem^ wholeTable;
ToolStripMenuItem^ lookUp;
System::Windows::Forms::ContextMenuStrip^ strip;
String^ cellErrorText;

void dataGridView1_CellContextMenuStripNeeded( Object^ /*sender*/,
    DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventArgs^ e )
{
    cellErrorText = String::Empty;
    if ( strip == nullptr )
    {
        strip = gcnew System::Windows::Forms::ContextMenuStrip;
        lookUp->Text = L"Look Up";
        wholeTable->Text = L"See Whole Table";
        strip->Items->Add( lookUp );
        strip->Items->Add( wholeTable );
    }

    e->ContextMenuStrip = strip;
}

void wholeTable_Click( Object^ /*sender*/, EventArgs^ /*e*/ )
{
    dataGridView1->DataSource = Populate( L"Select * from employees", true );
}

DataGridViewCellEventArgs^ theCellImHoveringOver;
void dataGridView1_CellMouseEnter( Object^ /*sender*/, DataGridViewCellEventArgs^ e )
{
    theCellImHoveringOver = e;
}

DataGridViewCellEventArgs^ cellErrorLocation;
void lookUp_Click( Object^ /*sender*/, EventArgs^ /*e*/ )
{
    try
    {
        dataGridView1->DataSource = Populate( String::Format( L"Select * from employees where {0} = '{1}'", dataGridView1->Columns[ theCellImHoveringOver->ColumnIndex ]->Name, dataGridView1->Rows[ theCellImHoveringOver->RowIndex ]->Cells[ theCellImHoveringOver->ColumnIndex ]->Value ), true );
    }
    catch ( ... ) 
    {
        cellErrorText = L"Can't look this cell up";
        cellErrorLocation = theCellImHoveringOver;
    }

}

void dataGridView1_CellErrorTextNeeded( Object^ /*sender*/, DataGridViewCellErrorTextNeededEventArgs^ e )
{
    if ( cellErrorLocation != nullptr )
    {
        if ( e->ColumnIndex == cellErrorLocation->ColumnIndex && e->RowIndex == cellErrorLocation->RowIndex )
        {
            e->ErrorText = cellErrorText;
        }
    }
}

DataTable^ Populate( String^ query, bool resetUnsharedCounter )
{
    if ( resetUnsharedCounter )
    {
        ResetCounter();
    }


    // Alter the data source as necessary
    SqlDataAdapter^ adapter = gcnew SqlDataAdapter( query,
        gcnew SqlConnection( L"Integrated Security=SSPI;Persist Security Info=False;"
        L"Initial Catalog=Northwind;Data Source= localhost" ) );
    DataTable^ table = gcnew DataTable;
    adapter->Fill( table );
    return table;
}

Label^ count;
int unsharedRowCounter;
void ResetCounter()
{
    unsharedRowCounter = 0;
    count->Text = unsharedRowCounter.ToString();
}

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1
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