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The grid is a fully featured control for displaying tabular data. There are MFC and ATL versions that run on everything from CE to Windows 2000
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After pushing the CListCtrl to its limits in trying to display and edit tabulated data I decided what was really needed was a dedicated grid control. I started writing my own grid control from scratch but decided to save time by modifying Joe Willcoxson's free WorldCom grid control. I tore apert his code and rebuilt it from the ground up in order to get it to do all the things I needed. The code has gone through so many modifications that I'm not sure if there is even a single original line of code. In any case Joe's code was a great framework on which to build.

Since the initial release at the beginning of 1998 there have been many, many versions of the grid - some better than others. There have also been ports to CE, an ATL version, and extensions that include a tree-list control.

The list of all those who have contributed and provided fixes, bug reports and suggestions is too huge to mention - thanks everyone!

The Grid Control articles and projects

The Grid

MFC Grid control - Chris Maunder
A fully featured grid control for displaying tabular data that is derived from CWnd

Plug-in cell types

Tree control and Buttons for MFC Grid control - Ken Bertelson
A set of classes derived from CGridCtrl that embed a tree control, button controls, and virtual cells within the grid

Using comboboxes in the MFC Grid Control - Chris Maunder
Explains how to use comboboxes to edit cells in the MFC Grid Control

Adding Hyperlink support to the MFC Grid Control - Fred Ackers and Chris Maunder
A new class that adds hyperlink support to the MFC Grid Control

Using the Grid

Using the Grid Control in a Doc/View framework - Chris Maunder
A simple tutorial that demonstrates how to use the grid control in a doc/view application.

ActiveX version

ATL Grid control - Mario Zucca
A grid control for displaying tabular data, based on Chris Maunder's grid control


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


About the Authors

Chris Maunder
Founder CodeProject
Canada Canada
Chris is the Co-founder, Administrator, Architect, Chief Editor and Shameless Hack who wrote and runs The Code Project. He's been programming since 1988 while pretending to be, in various guises, an astrophysicist, mathematician, physicist, hydrologist, geomorphologist, defence intelligence researcher and then, when all that got a bit rough on the nerves, a web developer. He is a Microsoft Visual C++ MVP both globally and for Canada locally.
His programming experience includes C/C++, C#, SQL, MFC, ASP, ASP.NET, and far, far too much FORTRAN. He has worked on PocketPCs, AIX mainframes, Sun workstations, and a CRAY YMP C90 behemoth but finds notebooks take up less desk space.
He dodges, he weaves, and he never gets enough sleep. He is kind to small animals.
Chris was born and bred in Australia but splits his time between Toronto and Melbourne, depending on the weather. For relaxation he is into road cycling, snowboarding, rock climbing, and storm chasing.
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Ken Bertelson

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Mario Zucca
Web Developer
Italy Italy
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Fred Ackers
Web Developer
United States United States
Programming using MFC and ATL for almost 12 years now. Currently studying Operating System implementation as well as Image processing. Previously worked on DSP and the use of FFT for audio application. Programmed using ADO, ODBC, ATL, COM, MFC for shell interfacing, databasing tasks, Internet items, and customization programs.

Comments and Discussions

BugInsert a new row or column [modified] Pinmemberfreeman86819-Sep-14 23:28 
QuestionMy vote of 5! PinprofessionalManikandan1026-May-14 6:00 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberMarco Bertschi21-Mar-13 0:23 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmembersariqkhan20-Nov-12 16:57 
BugBug fix for frozen columns [modified] PinmemberDavid Pritchard13-Sep-11 4:58 
AnswerRe: Bug fix for frozen columns PinmemberDavid Pritchard13-Sep-11 4:59 
QuestionIs any full row selection api? PinmemberERLN10-Aug-11 1:37 
GeneralNumbers only PinmemberMember 2608808-May-11 7:44 
QuestionCan't create MFCGridCtrl in the DLL dialog Pinmembers9510301025-May-10 20:54 
QuestionCFormView-based application doesn't catch the WM_NOTIFY messages Pinmemberhjfyyy9-Apr-10 4:33 
Questionany version? Pinmemberfira211124-Feb-08 15:41 
GeneralFlikerring in Grid Pinmemberkansagous25-Dec-07 19:21 
Questionc++ compiler code PinmemberHrishikesh Raverkar2-Apr-07 6:28 
i need knowledge about c++ compiler code
i also need a project on that with brieaf discription
iam in B.E. computer science
& what r the basics of compiler design?
Confused | :confused: Confused | :confused:
Hrishikesh Raverkar

QuestionScrolling with keyboard after changing window Pinmemberensger9-Mar-07 3:38 
GeneralI need a VB source code about MSFlexGrid PinmemberHoangTuCoDon12-Oct-05 16:48 
Generali need C++ projecty PinsussAnonymous30-Sep-05 12:09 
GeneralRe: i need C++ projecty Pinmembertoxcct10-Jan-06 0:05 
Questioni need project in C++ PinsussAnonymous30-Sep-05 12:07 
Questioni need C++ project PinsussAnonymous30-Sep-05 12:04 
GeneralResizing Columns PinmemberJohn Simmons / outlaw programmer9-Feb-05 4:18 
QuestionBlinking cells - anyone interested? PinmemberJohn Simmons / outlaw programmer7-Feb-05 3:25 
AnswerRe: Blinking cells - anyone interested? PinmemberStober23-Feb-06 4:36 
GeneralRe: Blinking cells - anyone interested? PinmemberJohn Simmons / outlaw programmer21-Mar-06 10:32 
AnswerRe: Blinking cells - anyone interested? PinmemberGarth J Lancaster5-Feb-07 0:53 
GeneralRe: Blinking cells - anyone interested? PinmvpJohn Simmons / outlaw programmer5-Feb-07 12:52 
GeneralRe: Blinking cells - anyone interested? PinmemberGarth J Lancaster5-Feb-07 13:45 
GeneralGetting WM_MOUSEMOVE message in parent window PinmemberJohn Simmons / outlaw programmer29-Sep-04 0:30 
GeneralRe: Getting WM_MOUSEMOVE message in parent window PinmemberJohn Simmons / outlaw programmer30-Sep-04 11:05 
GeneralProblem selecting item from a combo box cell Pinmemberrsegal2-Jan-04 6:24 
Generalbug fix required PinmemberJoey Bloggs20-Oct-03 21:10 
QuestionWhat is the best way to implement a button in the grid? Pinmemberblaylockr2-Sep-03 11:10 
GeneralResource only dll PinmemberDave Barker1-Sep-03 13:59 
QuestionHow to clear a cell's buttons? Pinmemberkim-ryo14-Jun-03 7:43 
Generalabout code project Pinmemberkvpadma30-Mar-03 21:09 
GeneralRe: about code project PinsussAnonymous28-May-03 9:28 
Generalabout cpe project Pinmemberkvpadma30-Mar-03 21:07 
GeneralA few questions Pinmembermx48213-Feb-03 5:36 
GeneralRe: A few questions PinadminChris Maunder20-Feb-03 3:05 
GeneralRe: A few questions Pinmembermx48220-Feb-03 4:17 
GeneralChanging configs PinmemberPhilipReed19-Mar-03 12:17 
QuestionBug in load? Pinmemberrowkajjh226-Nov-02 22:59 
GeneralGetMouseScrollLines strange behaviour PinmemberGiovanni Verzino8-Oct-02 4:57 
Generaldouble precision cell data PinmemberPeterM14-Aug-02 15:49 
GeneralAccelerators don't work with TitleTips PinsussAngelika29-Jul-02 2:28 
Questioncan i use this Grid with Visual Basic? PinmemberAnonymous7-Jun-02 8:00 
GeneralNewbe question on recieving messages PinmemberRobert Pellegrini28-May-02 4:12 
Generalon-click for all cells Pinmembermasoud22-May-02 13:42 
Questionm_bPrinting not a member of pDC in WinCE under eVC++ 3.0?? PinmemberVanHlebar7-Jan-02 15:04 
Questionhow can i get a cell? Pinmemberzhl17-Dec-01 18:33 
AnswerRe: how can i get a cell? Pinmembercr978-Jan-03 1:11 

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