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Multi Column Combo Cell for the .NET 2.0 DataGridView Control

, 25 Dec 2008 CPOL
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This article will demonstrate an approach to solve the issue of a multi-column cell for DataGridView.



This article will demonstrate an approach to solve the issue of multi-column combobox cells in a DataGridView in VS8.

*New in this version

*After multiple comments that I got about the old implementation, I decided to make this solution nicer. I am following the solution using designed DataSet tables and dropping some workarounds and fixing some bugs I had in my first version!


Several months ago, I invested several days in order to find how to implement the multiline combobox issue. I found several solutions but they didn't fit my needs. I wanted something very simple. And I found it using the owner draw approach - just drawing a multicolumn control by myself. Here are the results.

Using the code

The code implementation and usage is extremely simple.

You do all the steps as you do if you want to embed a regular combobox into your DataGridView, but in place of the DataGridViewComboColumn, you use my class DataGridViewMultiColumnComboColumn. This class is derived from DataGridViewComboColumn. Additionally, you need to set the column CellTemplate with the DataGridViewMultiColumnComboCell class that is derived from DataGridViewMultiColumnComboCell. After creating the DataGridViewMultiColumnComboCell class, you will need to set two data members in order to allow the multiline combobox to display the relevant values.

//create the multicolumncombo column
DataGridViewMultiColumnComboColumn newColumn = 
            new DataGridViewMultiColumnComboColumn();

newColumn.CellTemplate = new DataGridViewMultiColumnComboCell();
//Set the source table settings from the database for combobox values
newColumn.DataSource = ds.LogMessageTypes;
newColumn.DisplayMember = ds.LogMessageTypes.TypeNameColumn.ColumnName;
newColumn.ValueMember = ds.LogMessageTypes.TypeIdColumn.ColumnName;

//this property point on main table of this grid to bind to this column
newColumn.DataPropertyName = ds.LogTable.TypeColumn.ColumnName;
newColumn.HeaderText = ds.LogTable.TypeColumn.ColumnName;

newColumn.DisplayStyle = DataGridViewComboBoxDisplayStyle.Nothing;

dataGridView1.Columns.Insert(position, newColumn);
dataGridView1.Columns[position].Width = 300;

Points of interest

First, I am very happy that after 12 years of programming experience I found a way to contribute something small to this great professional discussion.

I am originally a C++/MFC programmer and I still work mostly using these programming languages. So I am strictly used to things that implement non-standard UIs. I think Microsoft did a great job developing the .NET platform. Anyway.

BTW: I still love developing ActiveX in C++ but there is no client that wants it anymore and I can understand why Smile | :) .

Disclaimer of warranty

All of the code, information, instructions, and recommendations in this article are offered on a strictly "as is" basis. This material is offered as a free public resource, without any warranty, expressed or implied.

This code is completely free. I will be happy to know if it was helpful for somebody.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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QuestionColumns Header Text [modified] PinmemberBiplob Singha Shee9-Feb-14 23:01 
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QuestionSystem.Data.DataRowView when using different datasource for column and Cells Pinmemberstupsnose_worldwide10-Aug-10 6:53 
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