This documentation is archived and is not being maintained.

DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventArgs Class

Provides data for the CellContextMenuStripNeeded event.

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

'Declaration
Public Class DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventArgs _
	Inherits DataGridViewCellEventArgs
'Usage
Dim instance As DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventArgs

The CellContextMenuStripNeeded event occurs only when the DataGridView control DataSource property is set or its VirtualMode property is true.

When you handle the CellContextMenuStripNeeded event, the shortcut menu that you specify in the handler is shown whenever the user right-clicks a cell. This is useful when you want to display shortcut menus determined by the current state or value of a cell.

The CellContextMenuStripNeeded event also occurs whenever the value of the DataGridViewCell.ContextMenuStrip property is retrieved, either programmatically or when the user right-clicks the cell.

You can use the ColumnIndex and RowIndex properties to determine the state or value of a cell, and use this information to set the ContextMenuStrip property. This property is initialized with the value of the cell ContextMenuStrip property, which the event value overrides.

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

You can also specify shortcut menus for individual rows rather than individual cells by setting the row ContextMenuStrip property or handling the DataGridView control's RowContextMenuStripNeeded event. The cell ContextMenuStrip property setting overrides the row ContextMenuStrip property setting, and the CellContextMenuStripNeeded event overrides both the RowContextMenuStripNeeded event and the row ContextMenuStrip property setting. You can specify Nothing for a cell shortcut menu, however, to prevent a row shortcut menu from being overridden.

For more information about handling events, see Consuming Events.

The following code example uses the DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventArgs class to set the shortcut menu without unsharing the row.

Private WithEvents wholeTable As New ToolStripMenuItem()
Private WithEvents lookUp As New ToolStripMenuItem()
Private strip As ContextMenuStrip
Private cellErrorText As String 

Private Sub dataGridView1_CellContextMenuStripNeeded(ByVal sender As Object, _
    ByVal e As DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventArgs) _
    Handles dataGridView1.CellContextMenuStripNeeded

    cellErrorText = String.Empty

    If strip Is Nothing Then
        strip = New ContextMenuStrip()
        lookUp.Text = "Look Up"
        wholeTable.Text = "See Whole Table"
        strip.Items.Add(lookUp)
        strip.Items.Add(wholeTable)
    End If
    e.ContextMenuStrip = strip
End Sub 

Private Sub wholeTable_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles wholeTable.Click
    dataGridView1.DataSource = Populate("Select * from employees", True)
End Sub 

Private theCellImHoveringOver As DataGridViewCellEventArgs

Private Sub dataGridView1_CellMouseEnter(ByVal sender As Object, _
    ByVal e As DataGridViewCellEventArgs) _
    Handles dataGridView1.CellMouseEnter

    theCellImHoveringOver = e
End Sub 

Private cellErrorLocation As DataGridViewCellEventArgs

Private Sub lookUp_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles lookUp.Click
    Try
        dataGridView1.DataSource = Populate("Select * from employees where " & _
            dataGridView1.Columns(theCellImHoveringOver.ColumnIndex).Name & " = '" & _
            dataGridView1.Rows(theCellImHoveringOver.RowIndex).Cells(theCellImHoveringOver.ColumnIndex).Value.ToString() & _
            "'", True)
    Catch ex As SqlException
        cellErrorText = "Can't look this cell up"
        cellErrorLocation = theCellImHoveringOver
    End Try 
End Sub 

Private Sub dataGridView1_CellErrorTextNeeded(ByVal sender As Object, _
            ByVal e As DataGridViewCellErrorTextNeededEventArgs) _
            Handles dataGridView1.CellErrorTextNeeded
    If (Not cellErrorLocation Is Nothing) Then 
        If e.ColumnIndex = cellErrorLocation.ColumnIndex AndAlso _
            e.RowIndex = cellErrorLocation.RowIndex Then
            e.ErrorText = cellErrorText
        End If 
    End If 
End Sub 

Private Function Populate(ByVal query As String, ByVal resetUnsharedCounter As Boolean) As DataTable

    If resetUnsharedCounter Then
        ResetCounter()
    End If 

    ' Alter the data source as necessary 
    Dim adapter As New SqlDataAdapter(query, _
        New SqlConnection("Integrated Security=SSPI;Persist Security Info=False;" & _
        "Initial Catalog=Northwind;Data Source=localhost"))

    Dim table As New DataTable()
    table.Locale = System.Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture
    adapter.Fill(table)
    Return table
End Function 

Private count As New Label()
Private unsharedRowCounter As Integer 

Private Sub ResetCounter()
    unsharedRowCounter = 0
    count.Text = unsharedRowCounter.ToString()
End Sub

System.Object
  System.EventArgs
    System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewCellEventArgs
      System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventArgs

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
Show: