I posting a very good article for the users who want to reorder the rows of grid using drag and drop. i design this module for one of my project where the client requires to change the records order display in grid and the will insert into database accordingly and in same order
Before go through with this article , you have to be a knowledge of basic properties and methods of DataGridView.
- how to remove any row
- how to tranck selected row
- how to insert row
- how to get row index of any row.
No issue if you are not aware of any above.
i will go through on all this in brief.
Using the code
First of all will designed our grid either by static data or fetch data from database.
here in this article i am defining the static data.
Firstly we define global declartion of variable which will be used in multiple methods
int rowIndexFromMouseDown ;
Will Defining Data on page load event.
dataGridView1.Rows.Cells.Value = "mayank";
dataGridView1.Rows.Cells.Value = "rehan";
dataGridView1.Rows.Cells.Value = "sandeep";
dataGridView1.Rows.Cells.Value = "vijay";
dataGridView1.Rows.Cells.Value = "aryan";
dataGridView1.SelectedRows.Selected = false;
In the above code, firstly we create single column and the add 5 rows by calling Add method of rows and then we add five names in five consecutive rows.
Now we select the row to which we have to reorder.
for this we will call the click and select the row.
private void dataGridView1_MouseClick(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
if (dataGridView1.SelectedRows.Count == 1)
if (e.Button == MouseButtons.Left)
rw = dataGridView1.SelectedRows;
rowIndexFromMouseDown = dataGridView1.SelectedRows.Index;
In the above code, we firstly check weather row is selected or not.
I the row is selectedd and user click the left lcick of mouse the track the row and store the row index and add the row for move action in drag drop.
Now , we have selectedd the row.
drag your mouse in grid and for this we enable the move effect of drag and drop.
private void dataGridView1_DragEnter(object sender, DragEventArgs e)
if (dataGridView1.SelectedRows.Count > 0)
e.Effect = DragDropEffects.Move;
By this, now we have track the row and will move the row and its recorded as tracking.
Now, the final step is to drop the row which we have to reorder.
private void dataGridView1_DragDrop(object sender, DragEventArgs e)
Point clientPoint = dataGridView1.PointToClient(new Point(e.X, e.Y));
rowIndexOfItemUnderMouseToDrop = dataGridView1.HitTest(clientPoint.X, clientPoint.Y).RowIndex;
if (e.Effect == DragDropEffects.Move)
In the above code,
we finally drop successfully and remove the previous row and add the row to that position by tracking the new row position.
Points of Interest
By this you can give user to adjust rows on their own for better visibility, according to priority and manage their own basis.