DataGridViewCell.FormattedValue Property


Gets the value of the cell as formatted for display.

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

public object FormattedValue { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Object

The formatted value of the cell or null if the cell does not belong to a DataGridView control.

Exception Condition

ColumnIndex is less than 0, indicating that the cell is a row header cell.


The row containing the cell is a shared row.


The cell is a column header cell.


Formatting failed and either there is no handler for the DataError event of the DataGridView control or the handler set the ThrowException property to true. The exception object can typically be cast to type FormatException.

The Value property is the actual data object contained by the cell, whereas the FormattedValue is the formatted representation of this object. The ValueType and FormattedValueType properties correspond to the data types of these values, respectively.

Getting the value of this property calls the GetFormattedValue method to convert the cell value into an equivalent display value of the type indicated by the FormattedValueType property. This raises the DataGridView.CellFormatting event, which you can handle to customize the value conversion.

If formatting is unsuccessful, the DataGridView.DataError event occurs. If there is no handler for this event or the handler sets the DataGridViewDataErrorEventArgs.ThrowException property to true, an exception is thrown.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the FormattedValue property. In this example, the IsCurrentCellDirty property is used to determine if the current cell's contents have been edited and not committed and, if the cell has been modified, the FormattedValue is used. This example is part of a larger example available in the DataGridView.SelectionChanged event.

private void UpdateLabelText()
    int WithdrawalTotal = 0;
    int DepositTotal = 0;
    int SelectedCellTotal = 0;
    int counter;

    // Iterate through all the rows and sum up the appropriate columns.
    for (counter = 0; counter < (DataGridView1.Rows.Count);
        if (DataGridView1.Rows[counter].Cells["Withdrawals"].Value
            != null)
            if (DataGridView1.Rows[counter].
                Cells["Withdrawals"].Value.ToString().Length != 0)
                WithdrawalTotal += int.Parse(DataGridView1.Rows[counter].

        if (DataGridView1.Rows[counter].Cells["Deposits"].Value != null)
            if (DataGridView1.Rows[counter]
                .Cells["Deposits"].Value.ToString().Length != 0)
                DepositTotal += int.Parse(DataGridView1.Rows[counter]

    // Iterate through the SelectedCells collection and sum up the values.
    for (counter = 0;
        counter < (DataGridView1.SelectedCells.Count); counter++)
        if (DataGridView1.SelectedCells[counter].FormattedValueType ==
            string value = null;

            // If the cell contains a value that has not been commited,
            // use the modified value.
            if (DataGridView1.IsCurrentCellDirty == true)

                value = DataGridView1.SelectedCells[counter]
                value = DataGridView1.SelectedCells[counter]
            if (value != null)
                // Ignore cells in the Description column.
                if (DataGridView1.SelectedCells[counter].ColumnIndex !=
                    if (value.Length != 0)
                        SelectedCellTotal += int.Parse(value);

    // Set the labels to reflect the current state of the DataGridView.
    Label1.Text = "Withdrawals Total: " + WithdrawalTotal.ToString();
    Label2.Text = "Deposits Total: " + DepositTotal.ToString();
    Label3.Text = "Selected Cells Total: " + SelectedCellTotal.ToString();
    Label4.Text = "Total entries: " + DataGridView1.RowCount.ToString();

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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