DataGridViewColumn.HeaderText Property

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

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

public string HeaderText { get; set; }
/** @property */
public String get_HeaderText ()

/** @property */
public void set_HeaderText (String value)

public function get HeaderText () : String

public function set HeaderText (value : String)

Not applicable.

Property Value

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 ",

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0