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Merge Header - GridView/DataGrid

, 30 May 2008 CPOL
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This article shows how we can merge multiple columns into a single column in a GridView using ASP.NET 2.0.

Sample Image - Merge_Header.jpg


During development with GridView, we might come across many situations in which we need to extend the GridView for our requirements. For example, we might need to have a separate header other than the default header provided by GridView. In that case, we need to add a new GridView item of type Header. In this article, we will see how to merge two or more columns in a GridView.


In this example, we have a simple GridView which fetches data from an XML file and displays that in the table structure. In this GridView, we need to add two additional headers with text "Department" and "Employee". The department column should occupy the first two columns and the Employee column should occupy the rest of the three columns.


I found in the internet that there are many ways to do this, but we might end up with column alignment issues.


Here, we are going to see one of the best methods to do this. To have an additional header, we need to add a GridViewRow of type Header to the GridView inside the OnRowCreated event. Here is the code snippet for doing this:

protected void GridView_Merge_Header_RowCreated(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
    if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.Header)
        //Build custom header.
        GridView oGridView = (GridView)sender;
        GridViewRow oGridViewRow = new GridViewRow(0, 0, 
                    DataControlRowType.Header, DataControlRowState.Insert);
        TableCell oTableCell = new TableCell();
                //Add Department
                oTableCell.Text = "Department";
                oTableCell.ColumnSpan = 2;

                //Add Employee
                oTableCell = new TableCell();
                oTableCell.Text = "Employee";
                oTableCell.ColumnSpan = 3;
                oGridView.Controls[0].Controls.AddAt(0, oGridViewRow);

Code for DataGrid (VS.NET 1.0/1.1)

Private Sub DataGrid1_ItemCreated(ByVal sender As Object, _
        ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.DataGridItemEventArgs) _
        Handles DataGrid1.ItemCreated
    If e.Item.ItemType = ListItemType.Header Then
        Dim dgItem As DataGridItem
        Dim dgCell As TableCell
        dgItem = New DataGridItem(0, 0, ListItemType.Header)
        dgCell = New TableCell()
        dgCell.ColumnSpan = 2
        dgCell.Text = "List of Products"
        DataGrid1.Controls(0).Controls.AddAt(0, dgItem)
    End If
End Sub

That's it.


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Thiagarajan Rajendran
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Comments and Discussions

JokeSukriya Pinmembergrawas14-Apr-09 7:11 
GeneralThanks but i have a problem PinmemberPhilippe4328-Jan-09 4:57 
GeneralTHANKS A LOT !!! Pinmemberyonatankr11-Nov-08 3:40 
GeneralThanks PinmemberSai U9-Sep-08 1:08 
GeneralThanks Pinmemberwvl3218-Jun-08 12:47 
GeneralThanks Pinmembercutespice6-Jun-08 6:14 
GeneralWell... Thanks also! Pinmemberronchese17-Mar-08 12:08 
GeneralBottom pager do not fired event when in sert new row to header Pinmemberthanasak.polrak27-Feb-08 0:03 
GeneralRe: Bottom pager do not fired event when in sert new row to header PinmemberThiagarajan Rajendran19-Mar-08 7:30 
GeneralRe: Bottom pager do not fired event when in sert new row to header Pinmemberthanasak.polrak19-Mar-08 16:30 
QuestionGreat Article -- is it possible to simply replace the Header row with text of your choosing?? (ie Dynamically Create the Header Row) Pinmemberdannykb11121-Feb-08 13:25 
GeneralOnRowCreated PinmemberK32126-Jan-08 21:50 
GeneralSorting.... Pinmemberamit_ksp3-Aug-07 2:43 
GeneralRe: Sorting.... PinmemberThiagarajan Rajendran8-Aug-07 10:18 
GeneralRe: Sorting.... Pinmemberamit_ksp8-Aug-07 12:05 
QuestionGreat Code but ... Pinmemberanikon451-Aug-07 23:25 
AnswerRe: Great Code but ... PinmemberThiagarajan Rajendran8-Aug-07 10:20 
GeneralRe: Great Code but ... Pinmemberanikon4512-Aug-07 23:14 
GeneralRe: Great Code but ... PinmemberNoman Aftab28-Aug-08 1:49 
Generalsmall fix PinmemberPrashant Atal14-Jun-07 0:56 
Generalthanks PinmemberceMental5-Jun-07 11:41 
GeneralHeader text alignment Pinmembermilan_np14-May-07 22:55 
GeneralRe: Header text alignment Pinmembermilan_np14-May-07 23:07 
GeneralJhala Jhala Pinmemberroseline74-Apr-07 4:43 
QuestionWhy does this cast not valid? Pinmemberroseline74-Apr-07 3:39 
AnswerRe: Why does this cast not valid? PinmemberThiagarajan Rajendran4-Apr-07 4:43 
GeneralMerge Header - Gridview/DataGrid Pinmemberwkrupinsky26-Feb-07 8:45 
AnswerRe: Merge Header - Gridview/DataGrid PinmemberThiagarajan Rajendran26-Feb-07 9:30 
GeneralRe: Merge Header - Gridview/DataGrid PinmemberSumanRoy23-Apr-07 22:52 
GeneralRe: Merge Header - Gridview/DataGrid Pinmemberhhf6415-Aug-07 9:21 
GeneralThanks! IOU1 Pinmemberwebbuilder16-Jan-07 8:21 
GeneralUserControl On the created cells Pinmemberalam_pune12-Jan-07 8:38 
QuestionDataGridView? PinmemberJason Law10-Jan-07 20:42 
AnswerRe: DataGridView? PinmemberThiagarajan Rajendran16-Jan-07 8:49 
GeneralThanks!!! PinmemberVikramSinghGehlot29-Nov-06 8:37 
GeneralProblem with updating Pinmemberzarko.petrovic20-Nov-06 1:59 
GeneralRe: Problem with updating PinmemberThiagarajan Rajendran20-Nov-06 5:12 
GeneralRe: Problem with updating Pinmemberzarko.petrovic20-Nov-06 21:10 
GeneralRe: Problem with updating PinmemberThiagarajan Rajendran21-Nov-06 5:20 
GeneralDatagrid Code PinmemberThiagarajan Rajendran20-Oct-06 9:38 

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