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DataGridViewCell.GetInheritedState Method

Returns a value indicating the current state of the cell as inherited from the state of its row and column.

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

public virtual DataGridViewElementStates GetInheritedState(
	int rowIndex


Type: System.Int32

The index of the row containing the cell.

Return Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewElementStates
A bitwise combination of DataGridViewElementStates values representing the current state of the cell.


The cell is not contained within a DataGridView control and rowIndex is not -1.


rowIndex is not the index of the row containing this cell.


The cell is contained within a DataGridView control and rowIndex is outside the valid range of 0 to the number of rows in the control minus 1.

This method is useful to determine the state of a cell in a shared row. Shared rows have Index values of -1, which prevents you from using the InheritedState property with cells in shared rows. To use this method, pass in the actual index of the row containing this cell. You can retrieve the actual index of a shared row by calling the IndexOf method.

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