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Editable GridView in ASP.NET 2.0

, 26 Nov 2012 CPOL
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This article will give you an overview of how to use an ASP.NET GridView completely, and how to use RowEditing, RowUpdating, RowDeleting, RowCommand, RowDataBound, RowCancelingEdit, and Pagination in a DataGrid. From this article, you will have a clear view of GridView data inserting, deleting, and



This article will give you an overview of how to use an asp:GridView completely, and how to use RowEditing, RowUpdating, RowDeleting, RowCommand, RowDataBound, RowCancelingEdit, and Pagination in a DataGrid. From this article, you will have a clear view of the GridView data insert, delete, and update operations.


GridView is a very popular control in ASP.NET, and for website development, it is a very important control. This control is especially important for CRUD operations.

Using the code

Make two tables in a database: Contact and ContactType. This is just an example of how we shall add, edit, and delete data in a GridView. I have also used a textbox, a drop down list, and a checkbox which we use in the case of data add, delete, and update.

Step by step

Take a web project, go to an .aspx page, for example, Default.aspx, and add an ASP.NET GridView:

<asp:GridView ID="grdContact" runat="server" 
 AutoGenerateColumns="False" DataKeyNames="Id, Type" 
 OnRowUpdating="grdContact_RowUpdating" ShowFooter="True" 

This is the GridView with all the necessary properties enabled and the events called.

For every column of the GridView, we need to make an <asp:TemplateField> field. I am using an <EditItemTemplate> to put the edit control, an <ItemTemplate> to bind data in a control, and a <FooterTemplate> to insert the control. Here is an example of a template field:

<asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Name" HeaderStyle-HorizontalAlign="Left"> 
    <asp:TextBox ID="txtName" runat="server" Text='<%# Bind("Name") %>'></asp:TextBox> 
    <asp:TextBox ID="txtNewName" runat="server" ></asp:TextBox> 
    <asp:Label ID="lblName" runat="server" Text='<%# Bind("Name") %>'></asp:Label> 


Let's take a look at the code for the GridView:

  1. Initialize the GridView: To fill data in the GridView, I have written a method named FillGrid() which takes data from a DataTable and shows it in the grid.
        public void FillGrid()
            ContactTableAdapter contact = new ContactTableAdapter();
            DataTable contacts = contact.GetData();        
            if (contacts.Rows.Count > 0)
                grdContact.DataSource = contacts;
                grdContact.DataSource = contacts;
                int TotalColumns = grdContact.Rows[0].Cells.Count;
                grdContact.Rows[0].Cells.Add(new TableCell());
                grdContact.Rows[0].Cells[0].ColumnSpan = TotalColumns;
                grdContact.Rows[0].Cells[0].Text = "No Record Found";
  2. Fill dynamic values: There are two dropdownlist controls available in this example. One of the dropdownlists dynamically loads data from another table. In the RowDataBound event of the GridView control, insert the following code:
        protected void grdContact_RowDataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
            ContactTypeTableAdapter contactType = new ContactTypeTableAdapter();
            DataTable contactTypes = contactType.GetData();
            if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow)
                Label lblType = (Label)e.Row.FindControl("lblType");
                if (lblType != null)
                    int typeId = Convert.ToInt32(lblType.Text);
                    lblType.Text = (string)contactType.GetTypeById(typeId);
                DropDownList cmbType = (DropDownList)e.Row.FindControl("cmbType");
                if (cmbType != null)
                    cmbType.DataSource = contactTypes;
                    cmbType.DataTextField = "TypeName";
                    cmbType.DataValueField = "Id";
                    cmbType.SelectedValue = 
            if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.Footer)
                DropDownList cmbNewType = (DropDownList)e.Row.FindControl("cmbNewType");
                cmbNewType.DataSource = contactTypes;
  3. Insert data: I have initialized the GridView control with the DataTable, and also have some values filled in the footer dropdownlist, cmbNewType. Except Id, I have put FooterTemplate for every column because all the field are available. Clicking on "Insert" will enter data in your database table.
    protected void grdContact_RowCommand(object sender, GridViewCommandEventArgs e)
        ContactTableAdapter contact = new ContactTableAdapter();
        bool flag= false;
        if (e.CommandName.Equals("Insert"))
            TextBox txtNewName = 
            CheckBox chkNewActive = 
            DropDownList cmbNewType = 
            DropDownList ddlNewSex = 
            if (chkNewActive.Checked) flag = true; else flag = false;
            contact.Insert(txtNewName.Text, ddlNewSex.SelectedValue, 
                           cmbNewType.SelectedValue, flag);
  4. Update data: In the case of data update, we do the same things as the insert. In the case of insert, I always took the footer row, but in the case of update, I take the current RowIndex or the selected RowIndex. Click on Edit first, then call RowEditing, then the update and cancel options come.
    protected void grdContact_RowUpdating(object sender, GridViewUpdateEventArgs e)
        ContactTableAdapter contact = new ContactTableAdapter();
        bool flag = false;
        Label lblId = (Label)grdContact.Rows[e.RowIndex].FindControl("lblId");
        TextBox txtName = (TextBox)grdContact.Rows[e.RowIndex].FindControl("txtName");
        CheckBox chkActive = 
        DropDownList cmbType = 
        DropDownList ddlSex = 
        if (chkActive.Checked) flag = true; else flag = false;
        contact.Update(txtName.Text, ddlSex.SelectedValue, 
                       cmbType.SelectedValue, flag,Convert.ToInt32(lblId.Text));
        grdContact.EditIndex = -1;
    protected void grdContact_RowEditing(object sender, GridViewEditEventArgs e)
        grdContact.EditIndex = e.NewEditIndex;
    protected void grdContact_RowCancelingEdit(object sender, 
                              GridViewCancelEditEventArgs e)
        grdContact.EditIndex = -1;
  5. Deleting data: Now, you may need to delete data. The GridView calls RowDeleting for the delete event.
    protected void grdContact_RowDeleting(object sender, GridViewDeleteEventArgs e)
        ContactTableAdapter contact = new ContactTableAdapter();
        int id = Convert.ToInt32(grdContact.DataKeys[e.RowIndex].Values[0].ToString());

Points of Interest

So, now you have a DatGrid that is editable? Do you want to use CSS to give an excellent look of your grid? Just go to this link for a GridView CSS.

Happy coding Smile | :)


I was working on an admin panel in one of my projects, and saw that I needed many add, delete, and update operations for that panel. Now, I can easily solve that problem without a lot of programming by using an editable GridView. Smile | :)


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Comments and Discussions

AnswerRe: Can you post the SQL DB Creation Script for the Database used for this Article ? PinmemberMuhammad Owais Qureshi2-Jun-12 10:37 
QuestionEdit event is not firing on one click Pinmembersupermario ballotelli20-Mar-12 20:46 
QuestionThe type or namespace name 'TestDatabaseTableAdapters' could not be found PinmemberJustin Greene12-Mar-12 4:33 
BugRe: The type or namespace name 'TestDatabaseTableAdapters' could not be found [modified] PinmemberDestiny7777-May-12 16:13 
GeneralMy vote of 2 PinmemberAlexander M. Batishchev22-Dec-11 10:59 
GeneralRe: My vote of 2 PinmemberShemeer NS4-Jul-12 4:43 
QuestionGood Work PinmemberSachin Dubey13-Sep-11 23:53 
GeneralMy vote of 4 PinmemberUday Kumar B R11-Aug-11 2:01 
QuestionHi Pinmemberariel_alava8-Jul-11 0:13 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberMember 327776020-May-11 5:03 
GeneralMy vote of 1 Pinmembervikas dumbre11-May-11 4:18 
GeneralInvalid Object name 'Contact' PinmemberRayH10664-May-11 23:33 
GeneralAbout ContactTableAdapter Pinmembermanjeet_2426-Apr-11 1:04 
GeneralRe: About ContactTableAdapter PinmemberMember 80688958-Jul-11 3:49 
yes i need too please ..
ContactTableAdapter is not in code please provide me
GeneralRe: About ContactTableAdapter Pinmembermohamedamine00728-Jan-12 5:40 
GeneralRe: About ContactTableAdapter PinmemberMember 864050216-Feb-12 19:13 
Generalneed ur urgent help Pinmembersagar r.14-Apr-11 14:40 
GeneralMy vote of 4 Pinmemberjacky4lad16-Mar-11 20:20 
GeneralMy vote of 4 PinmemberVjayraj8-Mar-11 20:04 
Questionproblem in grid Pinmemberpatelpriyanka214-Mar-11 0:21 
AnswerRe: problem in grid Pinmembern3rd702z9-Mar-11 10:35 
GeneralHai Friends!!!! just try this link for gridview insert,update and delete without writing a single piece of code Pinmembervijay_vignesh11-Jan-11 4:03 
GeneralMy vote of 3 Pinmemberhemantbhadesia23-Nov-10 20:37 
GeneralGreat job! PinmemberKyryll99930-Aug-10 14:54 
GeneralMy vote of 4 Pinmemberd_uvarajan22-Jul-10 4:56 
Generalusing TestDatabaseTableAdapters PinmemberYuppski11-May-10 3:12 
GeneralExcellent PinmemberTerceros22-Apr-10 18:40 
GeneralToo complex PinmemberKedar Vijay Kulkarni4-Jan-10 0:02 
GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberNaveen.255921-Dec-09 0:30 
GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberAJFK30-Sep-09 10:26 
QuestionHow To Edit Grid View In Using VB.... PinmemberRavindra VL22-Sep-09 3:55 
QuestionHow to hide the footer row when editing... Pinmemberdanteprax15-Jul-09 10:01 
GeneralDB Script. Pinmemberjaved_alam78630-Jun-09 1:01 
GeneralRe: DB Script. PinmemberSam Davis23-Oct-09 11:14 
GeneralRe: DB Script. Pinmembern3rd702z9-Mar-11 10:36 
QuestionWhere is the database boss? PinmemberJags12121-May-09 2:40 
AnswerRe: Where is the database boss? Pinmemberjahirhstu16-May-09 16:42 
AnswerRe: Where is the database boss? Pinmemberkhongwir15-Sep-10 22:42 
GeneralTable Design of Contact and ContactType Pinmemberchemlms9-Jan-09 8:44 
Generaladding validation Pinmembermgetting3-Dec-08 20:11 
Generalproblem with imagebutton instead of linkbutton PinmemberXildur12-Oct-08 9:22 
GeneralI can't get the latest values in the gridview when updating Pinmembercyeung1-Aug-08 0:06 
GeneralRe: I can't get the latest values in the gridview when updating PinmemberAshrafur Rahaman1-Aug-08 1:48 
GeneralRe: I can't get the latest values in the gridview when updating Pinmembercyeung3-Aug-08 16:48 
GeneralI am having same problem PinmemberDukeCylk12-Dec-08 6:08 
AnswerRe: I can't get the latest values in the gridview when updating PinmemberMember 458960622-Dec-08 23:00 
GeneralRe: I can't get the latest values in the gridview when updating Pinmembermgetting7-Oct-09 19:49 
GeneralMake sure you don't FillGrid() on ever postback PinmemberJohn Bonomi22-Jan-10 4:34 
GeneralRe: Make sure you don't FillGrid() on ever postback Pinmembergoldeneyeonline22-Feb-10 11:08 
GeneralRe: Make sure you don't FillGrid() on ever postback PinmemberArmonds3-May-11 5:10 

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