DataGridView.Columns Property


Gets a collection that contains all the columns in the control.

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

Public ReadOnly Property Columns As DataGridViewColumnCollection

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewColumnCollection

The DataGridViewColumnCollection that contains all the columns in the DataGridView control.

By using the DataGridViewColumnCollection returned by this property, you can add columns, remove columns, and obtain a count of the columns contained in the DataGridView control. For more information, see DataGridViewColumnCollection.

The following code example demonstrates how to create an unbound DataGridView; set the ColumnHeadersVisible, ColumnHeadersDefaultCellStyle, and ColumnCount properties; and use the Rows and Columns properties. It also demonstrates how to use a version of the AutoResizeColumnHeadersHeight and AutoResizeRows methods to properly size the column headers and the rows. To run this example, paste the following code into a form that contains a DataGridView named dataGridView1 and a button named Button1, and then call the InitializeDataGridView method from the form's constructor or Load event handler. Ensure all events are connected with their event handlers.

Private Sub InitializeDataGridView()

    ' Create an unbound DataGridView by declaring a column count.
    dataGridView1.ColumnCount = 4
    dataGridView1.ColumnHeadersVisible = True

    ' Set the column header style.
    Dim columnHeaderStyle As New DataGridViewCellStyle()

    columnHeaderStyle.BackColor = Color.Beige
    columnHeaderStyle.Font = New Font("Verdana", 10, FontStyle.Bold)
    dataGridView1.ColumnHeadersDefaultCellStyle = columnHeaderStyle

    ' Set the column header names.
    dataGridView1.Columns(0).Name = "Recipe"
    dataGridView1.Columns(1).Name = "Category"
    dataGridView1.Columns(2).Name = "Main Ingredients"
    dataGridView1.Columns(3).Name = "Rating"

    ' Populate the rows.
    Dim row1() As String = {"Meatloaf", "Main Dish", "ground beef", "**"}
    Dim row2() As String = _
        {"Key Lime Pie", "Dessert", "lime juice, evaporated milk", "****"}
    Dim row3() As String = {"Orange-Salsa Pork Chops", "Main Dish", _
        "pork chops, salsa, orange juice", "****"}
    Dim row4() As String = {"Black Bean and Rice Salad", "Salad", _
        "black beans, brown rice", "****"}
    Dim row5() As String = _
        {"Chocolate Cheesecake", "Dessert", "cream cheese", "***"}
    Dim row6() As String = _
        {"Black Bean Dip", "Appetizer", "black beans, sour cream", "***"}
    Dim rows() As Object = {row1, row2, row3, row4, row5, row6}

    Dim rowArray As String()
    For Each rowArray In rows
    Next rowArray

End Sub

Private Sub button1_Click(ByVal sender As Object, _
    ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles button1.Click

    ' Resize the height of the column headers. 

    ' Resize all the row heights to fit the contents of all 
    ' non-header cells.
    dataGridView1.AutoResizeRows( _

End Sub

Private Sub InitializeContextMenu()

    ' Create the menu item.
    Dim getRecipe As New ToolStripMenuItem( _
        "Search for recipe", Nothing, AddressOf ShortcutMenuClick)

    ' Add the menu item to the shortcut menu.
    Dim recipeMenu As New ContextMenuStrip()

    ' Set the shortcut menu for the first column.
    dataGridView1.Columns(0).ContextMenuStrip = recipeMenu

End Sub

Private clickedCell As DataGridViewCell

Private Sub dataGridView1_MouseDown(ByVal sender As Object, _
    ByVal e As MouseEventArgs) Handles dataGridView1.MouseDown

    ' If the user right-clicks a cell, store it for use by the 
    ' shortcut menu.
    If e.Button = MouseButtons.Right Then
        Dim hit As DataGridView.HitTestInfo = _
            dataGridView1.HitTest(e.X, e.Y)
        If hit.Type = DataGridViewHitTestType.Cell Then
            clickedCell = _
        End If
    End If

End Sub

Private Sub ShortcutMenuClick(ByVal sender As Object, _
    ByVal e As System.EventArgs)

    If (clickedCell IsNot Nothing) Then
        'Retrieve the recipe name.
        Dim recipeName As String = CStr(clickedCell.Value)

        'Search for the recipe.
        System.Diagnostics.Process.Start( _
            "" + recipeName)
    End If

End Sub

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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