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DataGridViewColumn.HeaderText Property

Gets or sets the caption text on the column's header cell.

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

public string HeaderText { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
A String with the desired text. The default is an empty string ("").

This property is useful only when the column has an associated header cell. For more information, see the HeaderCellCore property.


There is no corresponding header text property for rows. To display labels in row headers, you must handle the DataGridView.CellPainting event and paint your own labels when DataGridViewCellPaintingEventArgs.ColumnIndex is -1.

The following code example uses the HeaderText property to change the text in the column header. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the DataGridViewColumn class.

// Change the text in the column header.
private void Button9_Click(object sender,
    EventArgs args)
    foreach (DataGridViewColumn column in dataGridView.Columns)

        column.HeaderText = String.Concat("Column ",

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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