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Expanding / Collapsing GridView Rows

, 15 May 2008 CPOL
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This article describes how to expand and collapse rows of a GridView using JavaScript.



This article presents expand/collapse functionality for GridView rows using JavaScript. To demonstrate this functionality, I’ve used an Image on the GridView header. Rows of the GridView will expand and collapse on successive clicks on this Image.

Using the HTML code

Add a TemplateField inside the GridView and put an Image in the HeaderTemplate of the TemplateField. The HTML code for the GridView will look like this:

<asp:GridView ID="gvTab" BackColor="WhiteSmoke" runat="server" 
     AutoGenerateColumns="False" GridLines="Vertical" ShowFooter="True">
         <HeaderStyle Width="25px" />
         <ItemStyle Width="25px" BackColor="White" />
            <asp:Image ID="imgTab" onclick="javascript:Toggle(this);" 
                 runat="server" ImageUrl="~/minus.gif" ToolTip="Collapse" />
      <asp:BoundField HeaderText="n" DataField="n">
         <HeaderStyle Width="25px" />
         <ItemStyle Width="25px" />
      <asp:BoundField HeaderText="sqrt(n)" DataField="sqrtn">
         <HeaderStyle Width="150px" />
         <ItemStyle Width="150px" />
      <asp:BoundField HeaderText="qbrt(n)" DataField="qbrtn">
         <HeaderStyle Width="150px" />
         <ItemStyle Width="150px" />
   <HeaderStyle Height="25px" Font-Bold="True" BackColor="DimGray" 
                ForeColor="White" HorizontalAlign="Center"
                VerticalAlign="Middle" />
   <RowStyle Height="25px" BackColor="Gainsboro" 
             HorizontalAlign="Center" VerticalAlign="Middle" />
   <AlternatingRowStyle Height="25px" BackColor="LightGray" 
             HorizontalAlign="Center" VerticalAlign="Middle" />
   <FooterStyle BackColor="Gray" />

Attach an onclick event to the GridView header’s Image.

<asp:Image ID="imgTab" onclick="javascript:Toggle(this);" runat="server" 
           ImageUrl="~/minus.gif" ToolTip="Collapse" />

Using the JavaScript code

Put the following code in the script tag:

<script type="text/javascript">
 var Grid = null;
 var UpperBound = 0;
 var LowerBound = 1;
 var CollapseImage = 'minus.gif';
 var ExpandImage = 'plus.gif';
 var IsExpanded = true;   
 var Rows = null;
 var n = 1;
 var TimeSpan = 25;
 window.onload = function()
    Grid = document.getElementById('<%= this.gvTab.ClientID %>');
    UpperBound = parseInt('<%= this.gvTab.Rows.Count %>');
    Rows = Grid.getElementsByTagName('tr');
 function Toggle(Image)
 function ToggleImage(Image)
       Image.src = ExpandImage;
       Image.title = 'Expand';
       Grid.rules = 'none';
       n = LowerBound;
       IsExpanded = false;
       Image.src = CollapseImage;
       Image.title = 'Collapse';
       Grid.rules = 'cols';
       n = UpperBound;
       IsExpanded = true;
 function ToggleRows()
    if (n < LowerBound || n > UpperBound)  return;
    Rows[n].style.display = Rows[n].style.display == '' ? 'none' : '';
    if(IsExpanded) n--; else n++;

In the above code, global variables have been initialized in the window.onload event. There are three methods: Toggle, ToggleImage, and ToggleImage. The Toggle method is invoked on successive clicks on the header Image. This method first toggles the header image and then toggles the rows of the GridView by invoking the ToggleImage and ToggleImage methods. Note that the ToggleRows method is invoked here recursively, using the setTimeout method. I’ve invoked it recursively here in order to create a dynamic effect during the expanding/collapsing of the GridView rows.

In order to make a delay in each recursion, each call to the ToggleRows method has been delayed for 25 milliseconds. You can change it by altering the TimeSpan value depending on your needs.


In this article, I've used the setTimeout method in order to achieve a smooth expand/collapse functionality.

I have tested this script on the following browsers:



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


About the Author

Technical Lead Infogain India Pvt Ltd
India India

Samir NIGAM is a Microsoft Certified Professional. He is an insightful IT professional with results-driven comprehensive technical skill having rich, hands-on work experience n web-based applications using ASP.NET, C#, AJAX, Web Service, WCF, jQuery, Microsoft Enterprise Library , LINQ, MS Entity Framework, nHibernate, MS SQL Server & SSRS.

He has earned his master degree (MCA) from U.P. Technical University, Lucknow, INDIA, his post graduate dipoma (PGDCA ) from Institute of Engineering and Rural Technology, Allahabad, INDIA and his bachelor degree (BSc - Mathematics) from University of Allahabad, Allahabad, INDIA.

He has good knowledge of Object Oriented Programming, n-Tier Architecture, SOLID Principle, and Algorithm Analysis & Design as well as good command over cross-browser client side programming using JavaScript & jQuery,.


Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberMember 1011252325-Jun-13 16:14 
QuestionNeed Some Clarifications PinmemberCSR896-Jun-13 21:12 
QuestionGood work... but one doubt PinmemberAnu Palavila13-Oct-11 23:49 
AnswerRe: Good work... but one doubt PinmemberMember 1011252325-Jun-13 16:13 
GeneralGreat wok but i have a question. PinmemberMK87_200831-May-11 5:18 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberMarcio_Coelho1-Feb-11 9:20 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberSChristmas31-Jan-11 23:05 
GeneralRe: Grid is null or not an object PinmvpSamir NIGAM6-Jul-09 0:08 
GeneralExpanding / Collapsing GridView Rows placed in another grid Pinmemberkurapati's21-May-09 20:09 
QuestionHow about with a regular HTML table? Pinmemberafenn21-May-09 12:27 
Questionhow to make one column expand/collapse keeping other one fixed in gridview? PinmemberMember 215679126-Jan-09 13:40 
GeneralMaintain State of GridView on PostBack Pinmembertimchimento8-Dec-08 7:24 
QuestionNice work. PinmemberMember 45768475-Oct-08 6:10 
GeneralGood Job Pinmemberproark22-Sep-08 23:46 
QuestionHow we make this grid nested PinmemberRehan Hussain13-Jun-08 2:22 
GeneralCollapsing the rows PinmemberMember 435482911-Jun-08 22:03 
GeneralRe: Collapsing the rows Pinmember SAMir Nigam 11-Jun-08 22:15 
QuestionGridLines getting washed out on first expand !!!! PinmemberPrash28-May-08 1:34 
AnswerRe: GridLines getting washed out on first expand !!!! Pinmember SAMir Nigam 28-May-08 19:43 
GeneralNice One PinmemberSatya Kanithi19-May-08 7:00 
GeneralRe: Nice One Pinmember SAMir Nigam 19-May-08 19:05 
GeneralNice and simple implementation PinmemberAntony M Kancidrowski15-May-08 1:35 
GeneralRe: Nice and simple implementation Pinmember SAMir Nigam 15-May-08 3:06 
Generalthanxxxxx Pinmembersnopbear13-May-08 4:44 
GeneralRe: thanxxxxx Pinmember SAMir Nigam 13-May-08 18:45 

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