DataGridViewLinkColumn Class

Represents a column of cells that contain links in a DataGridView control.

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

public class DataGridViewLinkColumn : DataGridViewColumn
public class DataGridViewLinkColumn extends DataGridViewColumn
public class DataGridViewLinkColumn extends DataGridViewColumn
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The DataGridViewLinkColumn class is a specialized type of the DataGridViewColumn class used to logically host cells that respond to user clicks. The DataGridViewLinkColumn class is similar to the DataGridViewButtonColumn class but provides a different user experience that may be more appropriate in certain situations, such as displaying a URL stored in a database table.

To display the same link text for every cell, set the UseColumnTextForLinkValue property to true and set the Text property to the desired link text.

A DataGridViewLinkColumn has an associated DataGridViewLinkCell in every DataGridViewRow that intersects it.

The default sort mode for this column type is NotSortable.

To respond to user link clicks, handle the DataGridView.CellContentClick event. You can also use the DataGridView.CellClick event to respond to clicks anywhere in the cell.

Notes to Inheritors: When you derive from DataGridViewLinkColumn and add new properties to the derived class, be sure to override the Clone method to copy the new properties during cloning operations. You should also call the base class's Clone method so that the properties of the base class are copied to the new cell.

The following code example sets properties on a DataGridViewLinkColumn. This example is part of a larger example available in the DataGridViewComboBoxColumn class overview topic.

private void AddLinkColumn()
    DataGridViewLinkColumn links = new DataGridViewLinkColumn();

    links.HeaderText = ColumnName.ReportsTo.ToString();
    links.DataPropertyName = ColumnName.ReportsTo.ToString();
    links.ActiveLinkColor = Color.White;
    links.LinkBehavior = LinkBehavior.SystemDefault;
    links.LinkColor = Color.Blue;
    links.TrackVisitedState = true;
    links.VisitedLinkColor = Color.YellowGreen;


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 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

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