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DataGridView.CellContextMenuStripNeeded Event

Occurs when a cell's shortcut menu is needed.

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

public event DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventHandler CellContextMenuStripNeeded

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 a shortcut menu 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 a cell.

You can use the DataGridViewCellEventArgs.ColumnIndex and RowIndex properties to determine the state or value of a cell, and use this information to change or modify the DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventArgs.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 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. However, you can specify null for a cell shortcut menu to prevent a row shortcut menu from being overridden.

For more information about handling events, see Consuming Events.

The following code example demonstrates how to use a CellContextMenuStripNeeded event handler to display a custom shortcut menu used when the user right-clicks a cell.


private ToolStripMenuItem wholeTable = new ToolStripMenuItem();
private ToolStripMenuItem lookUp = new ToolStripMenuItem();
private ContextMenuStrip strip;
private string cellErrorText;

private void dataGridView1_CellContextMenuStripNeeded(object sender,
    DataGridViewCellContextMenuStripNeededEventArgs e)
{
    cellErrorText = String.Empty;

    if (strip == null)
    {
        strip = new ContextMenuStrip();
        lookUp.Text = "Look Up";
        wholeTable.Text = "See Whole Table";
        strip.Items.Add(lookUp);
        strip.Items.Add(wholeTable);
    }
    e.ContextMenuStrip = strip;
}

private void wholeTable_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
    dataGridView1.DataSource = Populate("Select * from employees", true);
}

private DataGridViewCellEventArgs theCellImHoveringOver;

private void dataGridView1_CellMouseEnter(object sender, DataGridViewCellEventArgs e)
{
    theCellImHoveringOver = e;
}

private DataGridViewCellEventArgs cellErrorLocation;

private void lookUp_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
    try
    {
        dataGridView1.DataSource = Populate("Select * from employees where " +
            dataGridView1.Columns[theCellImHoveringOver.ColumnIndex].Name + " = '" +
            dataGridView1.Rows[theCellImHoveringOver.RowIndex].
            Cells[theCellImHoveringOver.ColumnIndex].Value + "'",
            true);
    }
    catch (SqlException)
    {
        cellErrorText = "Can't look this cell up";
        cellErrorLocation = theCellImHoveringOver;
    }
}

private void dataGridView1_CellErrorTextNeeded(object sender,
    DataGridViewCellErrorTextNeededEventArgs e)
{
    if (cellErrorLocation != null)
    {
        if (e.ColumnIndex == cellErrorLocation.ColumnIndex &&
            e.RowIndex == cellErrorLocation.RowIndex)
        {
            e.ErrorText = cellErrorText;
        }
    }
}

private DataTable Populate(string query, bool resetUnsharedCounter)
{
    if (resetUnsharedCounter)
    {
        ResetCounter();
    }

    // Alter the data source as necessary
    SqlDataAdapter adapter = new SqlDataAdapter(query,
        new SqlConnection("Integrated Security=SSPI;Persist Security Info=False;" +
        "Initial Catalog=Northwind;Data Source=localhost"));

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

private Label count = new Label();
private int unsharedRowCounter;

private void ResetCounter()
{
    unsharedRowCounter = 0;
    count.Text = unsharedRowCounter.ToString();
}


.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.
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