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DataGridViewComboBoxColumn.DataSource Property

Note: This property is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Gets or sets the data source that populates the selections for the combo boxes.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in system.windows.forms.dll)

public Object DataSource { get; set; }
/** @property */
public Object get_DataSource ()

/** @property */
public void set_DataSource (Object value)

public function get DataSource () : Object

public function set DataSource (value : Object)

Property Value

An object that represents a data source. The default is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

Exception typeCondition

InvalidOperationException

The value of the CellTemplate property is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

The DataSource or Items properties specify where to retrieve the selection data shown in the combo box drop-down list. When using the DataSource property, if the data must be drawn from a nondefault property or column, then the DisplayMember property must be set to the name of the nondefault property or column.

If the DataSource property is set to a string array, then ValueMember and DisplayMember do not need to be set because each string in the array will be used for both value and display.

Getting or setting this property gets or sets the DataSource property of the object returned by the CellTemplate property. Setting this property also sets the DataSource property of every cell in the column and refreshes the column display. To override the specified value for individual cells, set the cell values after you set the column value.

The following code example demonstrates how to use a DataGridViewComboBoxColumn to aid in entering data into the TitleOfCourtesy column. The DataSource property is used to populate the combo box with a selection of titles.

private DataGridViewComboBoxColumn CreateComboBoxColumn()
{
    DataGridViewComboBoxColumn column =
        new DataGridViewComboBoxColumn();
    {
        column.DataPropertyName = ColumnName.TitleOfCourtesy.ToString();
        column.HeaderText = ColumnName.TitleOfCourtesy.ToString();
        column.DropDownWidth = 160;
        column.Width = 90;
        column.MaxDropDownItems = 3;
        column.FlatStyle = FlatStyle.Flat;
    }
    return column;
}

private void SetAlternateChoicesUsingDataSource(ref DataGridViewComboBoxColumn comboboxColumn)
{
    {
        comboboxColumn.DataSource = RetrieveAlternativeTitles();
        comboboxColumn.ValueMember = ColumnName.TitleOfCourtesy.ToString();
        comboboxColumn.DisplayMember = comboboxColumn.ValueMember;
    }
}

private DataTable RetrieveAlternativeTitles()
{
    return Populate("SELECT distinct TitleOfCourtesy FROM Employees");
}

string connectionString =
    "Integrated Security=SSPI;Persist Security Info=False;" +
    "Initial Catalog=Northwind;Data Source=localhost";

private DataTable Populate(string sqlCommand)
{
    SqlConnection northwindConnection = new SqlConnection(connectionString);
    northwindConnection.Open();

    SqlCommand command = new SqlCommand(sqlCommand, northwindConnection);
    SqlDataAdapter adapter = new SqlDataAdapter();
    adapter.SelectCommand = command;

    DataTable table = new DataTable();
    table.Locale = System.Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture;
    adapter.Fill(table);

    return table;
}

Windows 98, Windows 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 .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0
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