Bunifu Datagrid View

Optimized theme design for high-performance; Flexible editing and intuitive record selection modes.

Overview

Bunifu Datagrid View is a feature-rich .NET control useful for displaying data in a tabular format. It comes with beautiful in-built themes and a vast range of functions that include: data binding, editing, adding, custom sorting, selecting, and support for Excel, CSV, and PDF formats.

Here are some previews of Bunifu Datagrid Views:

Getting Started

This section provides a quick overview for working with the data grid for WinForms. Walk through the entire process of creating a real world data grid.

Adding BunifuDatagridView at Design Time

It's easy to add BunifuDatagridView control at design time. Start by locating BunifuDatagridView from your toolbox and simply drag it to your form as shown below then customize it to your desired look and feel using properties that will be elaborated on later in this documentation.

Adding BunifuDataGridView at Run Time

BunifuDataGridView works for both C# and VB.NET. We will use the Form’s Load event to write our sample code that will create a BunifuDatagridView to our form and populate the table with a sample built-in data.

C#
VB.NET
C#
using System;
using Bunifu.UI.WinForms;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;
namespace BunifuGrid
{
public partial class Form1 : Form
{
public Form1()
{
InitializeComponent();
}
private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
BunifuDataGridView bunifuDataGridView = new BunifuDataGridView();
bunifuDataGridView.Size = new Size(600, 250);
bunifuDataGridView.Location = new Point(12, 28);
this.Controls.Add(bunifuDataGridView);
bunifuDataGridView.PopulateWithSampleData();
}
}
}
VB.NET
Imports System
Imports Bunifu.UI.WinForms
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.Windows.Forms
Namespace BunifuGrid
Partial Public Class Form1
Inherits Form
Public Sub New()
InitializeComponent()
End Sub
Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
Dim bunifuDataGridView As New BunifuDataGridView()
bunifuDataGridView.Size = New Size(600, 250)
bunifuDataGridView.Location = New Point(12, 28)
Me.Controls.Add(bunifuDataGridView)
bunifuDataGridView.PopulateWithSampleData()
End Sub
End Class
End Namespace

Here's the output for the above code:

Creating a simple data entry application (No code!)

Step 1: Create the following form below with the following controls as shown on the labels.

For the DataGridView set the backgroundColor property to a color value of white.

Step two: Create columns on the datagrid. Here's how to do it in the design view:

a) Select the datagrid and click on the glyph play icon ( ) at the top right position in order to open the Smart Tag.

b) Click on the Add Column link which opens a dialog that displays Column Collection Editor

c) Add the following columns as shown below

d) Now, run the application, the below output will occur

Let's take a deep dive and get insights into the properties that are available on Bunifu DataGrid View.

Appearance

Bunifu DataGrid View allows you to customize the appearance of your tabular data with ease. Here are the features that you can customize:

1. Built-In Themes

BunifuDataGridView offers 16+ different types of themes that you may utilize in your application. The Theme property allows you to get the property's value or set an enumerated theme value for your tabular data.

BunifuDataGridView exposes an array of properties that can be used to customize the theme. The following is a sampling of the properties related to our chosen theme:

In some cases, you may need to change some of the property values in your current theme. The AllowCustomTheming property allows you to get the property's boolean value or set a boolean value that, when set to true, allows you to edit the property values that were used to design the theme you selected.

Property

Description

CurrentTheme

This property contains an array of properties that allows you to get or set the design attributes of the theme chosen with ease.

Let's take a deep dive to the CurrentTheme properties

a) GridColor

This property allows you to get or set a color value that will be applied on the grid lines separating the cells. It supports the use of RGB and HEX color values.

b) AlternatingRows

This property contains an array of properties that allow you to get or set the design attributes and styles associated with the odd rows.

Property

Description

BackColor

This property allows you to get or set the background color for each cell associated with odd rows. It supports the use of both RGB and HEX color values.

Font

This property allows you to get or set the font style for each cell's text in odd rows.

ForeColor

This property allows you to get or set the text color for each cell's text in odd rows.

SelectionBackColor

This property allows you to get or set the background color for each odd row cell, which gets applied when the row is selected. It supports the use of both RGB and HEX color values.

SelectionForeColor

This property allows you to get or set the text color for each odd row cell, which gets applied when the row is selected. It supports the use of both RGB and HEX color values.

C#
VB.NET
C#
//set back color to the alternate row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.AlternatingRowsStyle.BackColor = Color.FromArgb(199, 226, 199);
//set text color to cells in the alternate row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.AlternatingRowsStyle.ForeColor = Color.Black;
//apply selection text color to cells im the alternate row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.AlternatingRowsStyle.SelectionForeColor = Color.White;
//set selection background color to the cells in the alternate row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.AlternatingRowsStyle.SelectionBackColor = Color.FromArgb(122, 185, 122);
//apply a font style to the cell's text in the alternate rows
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.AlternatingRowsStyle.Font = new Font("Segoe UI", 10,FontStyle.Regular);
VB.NET
'Apply back color to the alternate row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.AlternatingRowsStyle.BackColor = Color.FromArgb(199, 226, 199)
'Apply text color to cells in the alternate row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.AlternatingRowsStyle.ForeColor = Color.Black
'Apply selection text color to cells im the alternate row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.AlternatingRowsStyle.SelectionForeColor = Color.White
'Apply selection background color to the cells in the alternate row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.AlternatingRowsStyle.SelectionBackColor = Color.FromArgb(122, 185, 122)
'Apply a font style to the cell's text in the alternate rows
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.AlternatingRowsStyle.Font = New Font("Segoe UI", 10,FontStyle.Regular)

c) RowsStyle

This property contains an array of properties that allow you to get or set the design attributes and cell styles associated with a non-odd row in the data grid.

Below is a description of the properties that you can modify in the RowsStyle prop:

Property

Description

BackColor

This property allows you to get or set the background color for each cell of non-odd rows. It supports the use of both RGB and HEX color values.

Font

This property allows you to get or set the font style for each cell's text in non-odd rows.

ForeColor

This property allows you to get or set the text color for each cell's text in non-odd rows.

SelectionBackColor

This property allows you to get or set the background color for each non-odd row cell, which gets applied when the row is selected. It supports the use of both RGB and HEX color values.

SelectionForeColor

This property allows you to get or set the text color for each non-odd row cell, which gets applied when the row is selected. It supports the use of both RGB and HEX color values.

C#
VB.NET
C#
//apply back color to the row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.RowsStyle.BackColor = Color.FromArgb(210, 231, 210);
//apply text color to cells in the row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.RowsStyle.ForeColor = Color.Black;
//set selection text color to cells in the row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.RowsStyle.SelectionForeColor = Color.White;
//set selection background color to the cells in the row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.RowsStyle.SelectionBackColor = Color.FromArgb(122, 185, 122);
//apply a font style to the cell's text in the row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.RowsStyle.Font = new Font("Segoe UI", 10, FontStyle.Regular);
VB.NET
'Apply back color to the row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.RowsStyle.BackColor = Color.FromArgb(210, 231, 210)
'Apply text color to cells in the row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.RowsStyle.ForeColor = Color.Black
'Apply selection text color to cells in the row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.RowsStyle.SelectionForeColor = Color.White
'Apply selection background color to the cells in the row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.RowsStyle.SelectionBackColor = Color.FromArgb(122, 185, 122)
'Apply a font style to the cell's text in the row
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.RowsStyle.Font = New Font("Segoe UI", 10, FontStyle.Regular)

d) HeaderStyle

This property contains an array of properties that allow you to get or set the design attributes and styles associated with the column headers.

Below is a description of the properties that you can modify in the HeaderStyle prop:

Property

Description

BackColor

This property allows you to get or set the background color of each column header cell. It supports the use of both RGB and HEX color values.

Font

This property allows you to get or set the font style of the text in the column header cells.

ForeColor

This property allows you to get or set the color for the text in each column header cells.

SelectionBackColor

This property allows you to get or set the background color of the column's header cell, which will be applied when the column is selected. It supports the use of both RGB and HEX color values.

SelectionForeColor

This property allows you to get or set the color of text content in a column header cell, which will be applied when the column is selected. It supports the use of both RGB and HEX color values.

C#
VB.NET
C#
//apply back color to the column header
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.HeaderStyle.BackColor = Color.ForestGreen;
//set text color to cells in the column header
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.HeaderStyle.ForeColor = Color.White;
//set selection text color to cells in the column header
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.HeaderStyle.SelectionForeColor = Color.White;
//apply selection background color to the cells in the column
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.HeaderStyle.SelectionBackColor = Color.FromArgb(27, 111, 27);
//set a font style to the cell's text in the column header
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.HeaderStyle.Font = new Font("Segoe UI", 10, FontStyle.Regular);
//set the column header height
bunifuDataGridView1.ColumnHeadersHeight = 36;
VB.NET
'apply back color to the column header
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.HeaderStyle.BackColor = Color.ForestGreen
'set text color to cells in the column header
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.HeaderStyle.ForeColor = Color.White
'set selection text color to cells in the column header
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.HeaderStyle.SelectionForeColor = Color.White
'apply selection background color to the cells in the column
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.HeaderStyle.SelectionBackColor = Color.FromArgb(27, 111, 27)
'set a font style to the cell's text in the column header
bunifuDataGridView1.CurrentTheme.HeaderStyle.Font = New Font("Segoe UI", 10, FontStyle.Regular)
'set the column header height
bunifuDataGridView1.ColumnHeadersHeight = 36

2. Column properties

BunifuDataGridView provides you support for creating and editing both bound and unbound columns with ease. The Below section shows the various properties you can work with to design your column appearance and behavior.

Property name

Description

Columns

This property allows you to get the current collection of columns object or set a column collection object that contains an array of unbound columns for your tabular data.

The column collection editor is provided in the design view, and it allows you to view, add, update, and delete the existing columns. The columns to be added can be chosen from built-in column types or your own column.

Just like the standard DataGridView, the created the unbound column gives you further ability to edit its properties. See how to get more insights on editing the properties provided in the column.

You also have the ability to add or edit different types of columns(e.g. Textbox columns, image view columns e.t.c) using any language you prefer to code with( i.e the C# and VB.NET languages).

Here's how you can add textbox columns through code:

C#
VB.NET
C#
private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
bunifuDataGridView1.Columns.AddRange(
new DataGridViewTextBoxColumn()
{
HeaderText = "Product ID",
Name = "productIDColumn"
},
new DataGridViewTextBoxColumn()
{
HeaderText = "Product Name",
Name = "productNameColumn"
},
new DataGridViewTextBoxColumn()
{
HeaderText = "Customer Name",
Name = "customerNameColumn"
},
new DataGridViewTextBoxColumn()
{
HeaderText = "Country",
Name = "countryColumn"
},
new DataGridViewTextBoxColumn()
{
HeaderText = "Shipping City",
Name = "shippingCityColumn"
}
);
}
VB.NET
Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
bunifuDataGridView1.Columns.AddRange(New DataGridViewTextBoxColumn() With {
.HeaderText = "Product ID",
.Name = "productIDColumn"
}, New DataGridViewTextBoxColumn() With {
.HeaderText = "Product Name",
.Name = "productNameColumn"
}, New DataGridViewTextBoxColumn() With {
.HeaderText = "Customer Name",
.Name = "customerNameColumn"
}, New DataGridViewTextBoxColumn() With {
.HeaderText = "Country",
.Name = "countryColumn"
}, New DataGridViewTextBoxColumn() With {
.HeaderText = "Shipping City",
.Name = "shippingCityColumn"
})
End Sub

On running the code above, the below output will occur:

Alternatively, BunifuDataGridView can be bound to a data source, where the columns will be generated automatically. This will be discussed in further detail, later in this documentation.

The columns can be accessed through its column index or using its Name property from the bunifuDataGrid.Columns collection.

C#
VB.NET
C#
DataGridViewColumn dataGridViewColumn = bunifuDataGridView1.Columns[0];
//or
DataGridViewColumn gridViewColumn = bunifuDataGridView1.Columns["productIDColumn"];
VB.NET
Dim dataGridViewColumn As DataGridViewColumn = bunifuDataGridView1.Columns(0)
'or
Dim gridViewColumn As DataGridViewColumn = bunifuDataGridView1.Columns("productIDColumn")

A column can be removed using the Remove and RemoveAt methods. The Clear method removes all columns from bunifuDataGrid.Columns collection.

C#
VB.NET
C#
//remove the second column
bunifuDataGridView1.Columns.RemoveAt(1);
//or
bunifuDataGridView1.Columns.Remove(gridViewColumn);
//clear all columns
bunifuDataGridView1.Columns.Clear();
VB.NET
'remove the second column
bunifuDataGridView1.Columns.RemoveAt(1)
'or
bunifuDataGridView1.Columns.Remove(gridViewColumn)
'clear all columns
bunifuDataGridView1.Columns.Clear()

Property name

Description

ColumnHeadersDefaultCellStyle

This property allows you to get the style object applied in the columns or set a cell style object that contains an array of cell style properties that can change the appearance of the column header row.

Here are the properties that you can edit to the preferred style of your column header row.:

To ensure that the properties are working at runtime, ensure the AllowCustomTheming prop is set to true.

Property

Description

ColumnHeadersHeightSizeMode

This property allows you to get or set the behavior of adjusting the column headers' height during runtime. You can specify the following values: EnableResizing, DisableResizing, and AutoSize.

ColumnHeadersHeight

This property allows you to get or set an integer value that will resize the column header

ColumnHeadersBorderStyle

This property allows you to get or set the border style that will be applied to the column header.

ColumnHeadersVisible

This property allows you to get or set a boolean value, that when set to false, will hide the column header row. The default value is true.

3. Row properties

BunifuDataGridView enables you to add, populate, edit or remove rows for both bound and unbound data. Here are the properties you can use to design your rows, populate and edit your rows with ease:

Populating your rows:

It is very easy to populate rows with an unbound data with bunifuDataGridView.Rows collection property.

Rows are only populated at runtime. Also, note that to add the rows you must have the columns in the first place.

Here's how you can add and populate a row in BunifuDataGridView using C# or VB.NET language. This example assumes that you have added 5 DataGridViewTextBoxColumn instances to BunifuDataGridView control's column collection.

Steps to create the unbound data:

Step one: Create the following class with the get and set properties:

C#
VB.NET
C#
class Order
{
public string ProductId { get; set; }
public string ProductName { get; set; }
public string CustomerName { get; set; }
public string Country { get; set; }
public string ShippingCity{ get; set; }
}
VB.NET
Friend Class Order
Public Property ProductId() As String
Public Property ProductName() As String
Public Property CustomerName() As String
Public Property Country() As String
Public Property ShippingCity() As String
End Class

Step two: In your Form's Load event write the following code:

C#
VB.NET
C#
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Windows.Forms;
namespace Example2
{
private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
List<Order> orderList = new List<Order>()
{
new Order()
{
ProductId = "#01293",
ProductName = "HP Envy x360",
CustomerName = "Dylan Gray",
Country = "Portugal",
ShippingCity = "Spain"
},
new Order()
{
ProductId = "#01294",
ProductName = "Seagate SSDs",
CustomerName = "Sarah Banks",
Country = "United States",
ShippingCity = "New York"
},
new Order()
{
ProductId = "#01295",
ProductName = "HP Envy x360",
CustomerName = "Tracy Rivera",
Country = "Kenya",
ShippingCity = "Nairobi"
}
};
foreach (var order in orderList)
{
bunifuDataGridView1.Rows.Add(order.ProductId,order.ProductName,order.CustomerName,order.Country,order.ShippingCity);
}
}
}
VB.NET
Option Infer On
Imports System
Imports System.Collections.Generic
Imports System.Windows.Forms
Namespace Example2
Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
Dim orderList As New List(Of Order)() From {
New Order() With {
.ProductId="#01293",
.ProductName="HP Envy x360",
.CustomerName="Dylan Gray",
.Country="Portugal",
.ShippingCity="Spain"
},
New Order() With {
.ProductId="#01294",
.ProductName="Seagate SSDs",
.CustomerName="Sarah Banks",
.Country="United States",
.ShippingCity="New York"
},
New Order() With {
.ProductId="#01295",
.ProductName="HP Envy x360",
.CustomerName="Tracy Rivera",
.Country="Kenya",
.ShippingCity="Nairobi"
}
}
For Each order In orderList
bunifuDataGridView1.Rows.Add(order.ProductId,order.ProductName,order.CustomerName,order.Country,order.ShippingCity)
Next order
End Sub
End Namespace

Now, after running your application with the codes above, the following output will occur:

You can also use the Rows collection to modify the values in the control or to remove rows. The following example shows you how to modify cell values programmatically.

C#
VB.NET
C#
//Modify the value in the second cell of the third row.
bunifuDataGridView1.Rows[2].Cells[1].Value = "Dell AlienWare M17 R4";
// The previous line is equivalent to the following line.
bunifuDataGridView1[1,2].Value= "Dell AlienWare M17 R4";
VB.NET
'Modify the value in the second cell of the third row.
bunifuDataGridView1.Rows(2).Cells(1).Value = "Dell AlienWare M17 R4"
' The previous line is equivalent to the following line.
bunifuDataGridView1(1,2).Value= "Dell AlienWare M17 R4"

Styling a row cell

The appearance of a BunifuDataGrid cell can be customized using the bunifuDataGridView.Rows collection Style property. We have the option to style the back color, its selection color, the font, its forecolor, and the alignment of text in a particular cell.

The following example shows you how to style the appearance of a cell back color programmatically. The assumption is that you already have some data in your table

C#
VB.NET
C#
for(int i = 0; i < bunifuDataGridView1.Rows.Count; i++)
{
//Modify the backcolor, the fore color and selection color in every cell of the FIRST column
bunifuDataGridView1[1, i].Style.BackColor = Color.FromArgb(152, 175, 92);
bunifuDataGridView1[1, i].Style.ForeColor = Color.White;
bunifuDataGridView1[1, i].Style.SelectionBackColor = Color.FromArgb(63, 137, 90);
//Modify the backcolor, the fore color and selection color every cell of the THIRD column
bunifuDataGridView1[4, i].Style.BackColor = Color.FromArgb(152, 175, 92);
bunifuDataGridView1[4, i].Style.ForeColor = Color.White;
bunifuDataGridView1[4, i].Style.SelectionBackColor = Color.FromArgb(63, 137, 90);
}
VB.NET
For i As Integer = 0 To bunifuDataGridView1.Rows.Count - 1
'Modify the backcolor, the fore color and selection color in every cell of the FIRST column
bunifuDataGridView1(1, i).Style.BackColor = Color.FromArgb(152, 175, 92)
bunifuDataGridView1(1, i).Style.ForeColor = Color.White
bunifuDataGridView1(1, i).Style.SelectionBackColor = Color.FromArgb(63, 137, 90)
'Modify the backcolor, the fore color and selection color every cell of the THIRD column
bunifuDataGridView1(4, i).Style.BackColor = Color.FromArgb(152, 175, 92)
bunifuDataGridView1(4, i).Style.ForeColor = Color.White
bunifuDataGridView1(4, i).Style.SelectionBackColor = Color.FromArgb(63, 137, 90)
Next i

The above code will output the occurrence below:

4. Selection

BunifuDataGrid enables you to select a single row or cell or multiple rows or cells. Sometimes you want your application to perform actions such as printing out the selected rows or columns based on user selections within the tabular control. Depending on the actions, you may want to restrict the kinds of selection that are possible.

This section will explain the types of selection available for GridControl and its usability.

a) Row selection

You can specify a full row type of selection by setting the BunifuDataGridView.SelectionMode property to FullRowSelect.

When a cell or row header is clicked in the DataGrid, an entire row selection is created.

By default, users can select multiple rows, columns, or cells by dragging with the mouse, pressing CTRL or SHIFT keys while selecting to extend or modify a selection. To prevent this behavior set the MultiSelect property to false.

To retrieve the selected values in a row, refer to the following code:

C#
VB.NET
C#
private void bunifuButton1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
//get the number of the selected rows
int selectedRows = bunifuDataGridView1.Rows.GetRowCount(DataGridViewElementStates.Selected);
if (selectedRows > 0)
{
StringBuilder cellValuesStringBuilder = new StringBuilder();
//loop through each of the selected row
for(int i = 0; i < selectedRows; i++)
{
//loop the cells of a row, get their values and append them in a string builder
for (int j = 0; j < bunifuDataGridView1.ColumnCount; j++)
{
cellValuesStringBuilder.Append(bunifuDataGridView1.SelectedRows[i].Cells[j].Value+"\t");
}
//create a new line for the next row loop
cellValuesStringBuilder.Append("\n");
}
//print the output on a console
Console.WriteLine(cellValuesStringBuilder);
}
}
VB.NET
Private Sub bunifuButton1_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
'get the number of the selected rows
Dim selectedRows As Integer = bunifuDataGridView1.Rows.GetRowCount(DataGridViewElementStates.Selected)
If selectedRows > 0 Then
Dim cellValuesStringBuilder As New StringBuilder()
'loop through each of the selected row
For i As Integer = 0 To selectedRows - 1
'loop the cells of a row, get their values and append them in a string builder
For j As Integer = 0 To bunifuDataGridView1.ColumnCount - 1
cellValuesStringBuilder.Append(bunifuDataGridView1.SelectedRows(i).Cells(j).Value & vbTab)
Next j
'create a new line for the next row loop
cellValuesStringBuilder.Append(vbLf)
Next i
'print the output on a console
Console.WriteLine(cellValuesStringBuilder)
End If
End Sub

The selected values are printed in the output screen as follows:

b) Cell selection

A cell selection is specified by setting BunifuDataGridView.Selection property to CellSelect. When a user clicks on a cell, a selection is created on that cell.

The following image shows for multiple mode cell selection:

Here's a code that retrieves the selected cell values:

C#
C#
private void bunifuButton1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e){
//get the number of selected cells
int selectedCells = bunifuDataGridView1.GetCellCount(DataGridViewElementStates.Selected);
if (selectedCells > 0)
{
StringBuilder cellStrBuilder = new StringBuilder();
//loop through the selected cells, get their values and append to the string builder variable
for(int i = 0; i < selectedCells; i++)
{
cellStrBuilder.Append(bunifuDataGridView1.SelectedCells[i].Value + "\t");
}
//output the seleccted cell values
Console.WriteLine(cellStrBuilder);
}

The selected values are printed in the output screen as follows:

c) Header column selection

BunifuDataGridView allows you to select or deselect rows within a specific column by interacting with the column's header cell. To set this type of selection set the SelectionMode prop to ColumnHeaderSelect.

To make this type of selection work, ensure that the SortMode property for the textbox columns is set to programmatic. The sorting techniques will be discussed in greater detail later in this documentation.

To retrieve the selected values in a row, refer to the following code:

C#
VB.NET
C#
private void Form3_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
for (int i = 0; i < bunifuDataGridView1.Columns.Count; i++)
{
//set the sort mode for all the textbox columns
bunifuDataGridView1.Columns(i).SortMode = DataGridViewColumnSortMode.Programmatic;
}
bunifuDataGridView1.SelectionMode = DataGridViewSelectionMode.ColumnHeaderSelect;
}
private void bunifuButton1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{ // get the selected cells in the column
int selectedCells = bunifuDataGridView1.GetCellCount(DataGridViewElementStates.Selected);
StringBuilder strBuider = new StringBuilder();
for (int i = 0; i < selectedCells; i++)
{
//get the selected cell values from the column
strBuider.Append(bunifuDataGridView1.SelectedCells(i).Value + "\t");
}
//output the selected values
Console.WriteLine(strBuider);
}
VB.NET
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic
Private Sub Form3_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
For i As Integer = 0 To bunifuDataGridView1.Columns.Count - 1
bunifuDataGridView1.Columns(i).SortMode = DataGridViewColumnSortMode.Programmatic
Next i
bunifuDataGridView1.SelectionMode = DataGridViewSelectionMode.ColumnHeaderSelect
End Sub
Private Sub bunifuButton1_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
Dim selectedCells As Integer = bunifuDataGridView1.GetCellCount(DataGridViewElementStates.Selected)
Dim strBuider As New StringBuilder()
For i As Integer = 0 To selectedCells - 1
strBuider.Append(bunifuDataGridView1.SelectedCells(i).Value & vbTab)
Next i
Console.WriteLine(strBuider)
End Sub

d) Disable selection

The selection can be disabled by setting the Enabled property to False.

When the Datagrid control is disabled, it becomes a read-only control.

5. Custom Tooltips

There are instances where Datagrid cells contain large text contents, and thus information is hidden due to the cell's size. As a result, ToolTips are added to provide support for displaying the entire text content in a pop-up window that appears when the mouse hovers over cells of a BunifuDataGrid.

The steps below demonstrate how we will override the standard DataGrid tooltip and replace it with a much more customizable Bunifu tooltip control. It is assumed that you already have a Datagrid with data in its cells.

Step one: Drag and drop a Bunifu Tooltip control in the form.

Step two: Access the properties of BunifuDataGrid and look out for the ShowCellTooltipsproperty. Set it to false. This will enable us to add our own custom tooltip.

Step three: Go to the event properties of BunifuDataGrid and look out for the CellMouseEnter event. Double-click on its text area to navigate to the code view.

Step four: Write the following code:

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C#
//the event gets fired when the mouse is over the cell
private void bunifuDataGridView1_CellMouseEnter(object sender, DataGridViewCellEventArgs e)
{
/*
* check whether the mouse is over the row cells of the datagrid.
* this avoids the code below from executing when the mouse hovers on the column header cells and row header cells
*/
if(e.ColumnIndex >= 0 & e.RowIndex >= 0)
{
//get the row datagrid cell currently hovered
DataGridViewCell dataGridcell = bunifuDataGridView1.Rows[e.RowIndex].Cells[e.ColumnIndex];
//get the display area or the location of the cell that is currently hovered
var cellreactangle = bunifuDataGridView1.GetCellDisplayRectangle(e.ColumnIndex, e.RowIndex, true);
//check whether the cell has text content in it
if (dataGridcell.Value != null)
{
//use bunifu tooltip to display the text content of the cell
bunifuToolTip1.Show(bunifuDataGridView1, dataGridcell.Value.ToString(), bunifuDataGridView1.Columns[dataGridcell.ColumnIndex].HeaderText, null, bunifuDataGridView1.PointToScreen(new Point(cellreactangle.X + 80, cellreactangle.Y)));
}
}
}
private void bunifuDataGridView1_CellMouseLeave(object sender, DataGridViewCellEventArgs e)
{
bunifuToolTip1.Hide();
}
VB.NET
Option Infer On
'the event gets fired when the mouse is over the cell
Private Sub bunifuDataGridView1_CellMouseEnter(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As DataGridViewCellEventArgs)
'
' * check whether the mouse is over the row cells of the datagrid.
' * this avoids the code below from executing when the mouse hovers on the column header cells and row header cells
'
If e.ColumnIndex >= 0 And e.RowIndex >= 0 Then
'get the row datagrid cell currently hovered
Dim dataGridcell As DataGridViewCell = bunifuDataGridView1.Rows(e.RowIndex).Cells(e.ColumnIndex)
'get the display area or the location of the cell that is currently hovered
Dim cellreactangle = bunifuDataGridView1.GetCellDisplayRectangle(e.ColumnIndex, e.RowIndex, True)
'check whether the cell has text content in it
If dataGridcell.Value IsNot Nothing Then
'use bunifu tooltip to display the text content of the cell
bunifuToolTip1.Show(bunifuDataGridView1, dataGridcell.Value.ToString(), "08/07/2021", Nothing, bunifuDataGridView1.PointToScreen(New Point(cellreactangle.X + 80, cellreactangle.Y)))
End If
End If
End Sub
Private Sub bunifuDataGridView1_CellMouseLeave(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As DataGridViewCellEventArgs)
bunifuToolTip1.Hide()
End Sub

Step 5: Run your application. Here's is an example of our application running the codes above, the following output will occur:

Data Binding

BunifuDataGrid has been designed to support the use of bounded data.

Let us examine each feature in detail to ensure that we are maximizing the use of bounded data properties, methods, and events to the fullest extent possible.

Bunifu DataGrid View has data-binding support to work out-of-the-box with all popular data sources like SQL Server, Oracle, DataTable, and IEnumerable, and data providers like LINQ to SQL, ADO.NET, Entity Framework, and WCF Data Service.

If the data source implements the INotifyCollectionChanged interface, then BunifuDataGridView will automatically refresh the UI when an item is added, removed, or while the list cleared.

1. Binding to a Generic Collection List

It's simple and clear to create a generic collection with binding properties, which results in bounded data. The following code illustrates how we can bind a collection of list objects with the BindingList Class to create tabular data for BunifuDataGridView

Note that the column header names will be created automatically based on the property names given to the class objects.

Step 1: Create the following OrderDemo class with its get and set properties:

C#
VB.NET
C#
class OrderDemo
{
private Guid order_Id=Guid.NewGuid();
public Guid OrderID
{
get { return order_Id; }
set { order_Id = value; }
}
public string ProductName { get; set; }
public string CustomerName { get; set; }
public string PhoneNumber { get; set; }
public string ShippingCity { get; set; }
}
VB.NET
Public Class DemoOrder
Private order_Id As Guid=Guid.NewGuid()
Public Property OrderID() As Guid
Get
Return order_Id
End Get
Set(ByVal value As Guid)
order_Id = value
End Set
End Property
Public Property ProductName() As String
Public Property CustomerName() As String
Public Property PhoneNumber() As String
Public Property ShippingCity() As String
End Class

Step 2: In the form load event of your form write the following code:

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VB.NET
C#
//the global variable provides the source of data for the Datagrid and where the generic list will be bound
BindingSource bindingSource = new BindingSource();
//the form load event containing out BunifuDataGridView
private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
/*
*the BindingList class is of type OrderDemo
*has support to provide binding capabilities for a generic list
*/
BindingList<OrderDemo> orderDemoList = new BindingList<OrderDemo>()
{
//add the class objects to the list, setting their properties
new OrderDemo()
{
CustomerName="Tracy Ravis",
PhoneNumber="(188)1863076",
ShippingCity="Salt Lake City",
ProductName="HP Envy x360 13 (2020)"
},
new OrderDemo()
{
CustomerName="Elsie Harris",
PhoneNumber="(046)1938785",
ShippingCity="Perth",
ProductName="HP Envy 13 (2021)"
},
new OrderDemo()
{
CustomerName="Roger Craig",
PhoneNumber="(042)9830172",
ShippingCity="Australian Capital Territory",
ProductName="HP Spectre x360 14"
},
new OrderDemo()
{
CustomerName="Danny Mckinney",
PhoneNumber="(651)0438562",
ShippingCity="Glendale",
ProductName="HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7"
},
new OrderDemo()
{
CustomerName="Derrick Wade",
PhoneNumber="(636)4728149",
ShippingCity="San Bernardino",
ProductName="HP Chromebook x2"
}
};
//bind the list to the binding source
bindingSource.DataSource = orderDemoList;
//set the binding source as the data source for Bunifu DataGrid View
bunifuDataGridView1.DataSource = bindingSource;
}
VB.NET
'the global variable provides the source of data for the Datagrid and where the generic list will be bound
Private bindingSource As New BindingSource()
'the form load event containing out BunifuDataGridView
Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
'
' *the BindingList class is of type OrderDemo
' *has support to provide binding capabilities for a generic list
'
Dim orderDemoList As New BindingList(Of OrderDemo)() From {
New OrderDemo() With {
.CustomerName="Tracy Ravis",
.PhoneNumber="(188)1863076",
.ShippingCity="Salt Lake City",
.ProductName="HP Envy x360 13 (2020)"
},
New OrderDemo() With {
.CustomerName="Elsie Harris",
.PhoneNumber="(046)1938785",
.ShippingCity="Perth",
.ProductName="HP Envy 13 (2021)"
},
New OrderDemo() With {
.CustomerName="Roger Craig",
.PhoneNumber="(042)9830172",
.ShippingCity="Australian Capital Territory",
.ProductName="HP Spectre x360 14"
},
New OrderDemo() With {
.CustomerName="Danny Mckinney",
.PhoneNumber="(651)0438562",
.ShippingCity="Glendale",
.ProductName="HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7"
},
New OrderDemo() With {
.CustomerName="Derrick Wade",
.PhoneNumber="(636)4728149",
.ShippingCity="San Bernardino",
.ProductName="HP Chromebook x2"
}
}
'bind the list to the binding source
bindingSource.DataSource = orderDemoList
'set the binding source as the data source for Bunifu DataGrid View
bunifuDataGridView1.DataSource = bindingSource
End Sub

Step 3: Run your application. Here's the output of the DataGrid running the codes above code:

2. Binding with a DataTable

Binding with a DataTable is quite easy withBunifuDataGridView. Once your DataTable is set with the rows and columns, you just need to assign it to the DataSource property of BunifuDataGridView. The DataGrid control automatically refreshes the UI when rows are added, removed, or cleared in the DataTable. Here's a code to bind the DataTable to BunifuDataGridView.

Step 1: Create the class with the get and set properties. We will use it and create a list of this class type to hold our table values.

C#
VB.NET
C#
class OrderDemo
{
private Guid order_Id=Guid.NewGuid();
public Guid OrderID
{
get { return order_Id; }
set { order_Id = value; }
}
public string ProductName { get; set; }
public string CustomerName { get; set; }
public string PhoneNumber { get; set; }
public string ShippingCity { get; set; }
}
VB.NET
Public Class DemoOrder
Private order_Id As Guid=Guid.NewGuid()
Public Property OrderID() As Guid
Get
Return order_Id
End Get
Set(ByVal value As Guid)
order_Id = value
End Set
End Property
Public Property ProductName() As String
Public Property CustomerName() As String
Public Property PhoneNumber() As String
Public Property ShippingCity() As String
End Class

Step 2: In the Form load event, we will create the DataTable and assign it as a data source for BunifuDataGridView. Firstly write the following code to add the Order objects in a list:

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VB.NET
C#
private void Form5_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
BindingList<OrderDemo> orderDemoList = new BindingList<OrderDemo>()
{
new OrderDemo()
{
CustomerName="Tracy Ravis",
PhoneNumber="(188)1863076",
ShippingCity="Salt Lake City",
ProductName="HP Envy x360 13 (2020)"
},
new OrderDemo()
{
CustomerName="Elsie Harris",
PhoneNumber="(046)1938785",
ShippingCity="Perth",
ProductName="HP Envy 13 (2021)"
},
new OrderDemo()
{
CustomerName="Roger Craig",
PhoneNumber="(042)9830172",
ShippingCity="Australian Capital Territory",
ProductName="HP Spectre x360 14"
},
new OrderDemo()
{
CustomerName="Danny Mckinney",
PhoneNumber="(651)0438562",
ShippingCity="Glendale",
ProductName="HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7"
},
new OrderDemo()
{
CustomerName="Derrick Wade",
PhoneNumber="(636)4728149",
ShippingCity="San Bernardino",
ProductName="HP Chromebook x2"
}
};
}
VB.NET