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my problem is i have a dropdown list in which i have 2 options gatepass and leave now for the leave gridview i have declared bound fields and i am populating it from a datasource let that datasource be dt1 now for gatepass (dt2) option i want to use the same gridview but the columns are not same in that datasource how can i use the same structure for both datasouces. is it even possible?
Posted 13-Jul-13 1:48am
Mahesh Bailwal 13-Jul-13 11:38am
Its not possible, but why you want to do that?
a2ulthakur 13-Jul-13 11:49am
because i have two totally unrelated datatables which i have to show conditionally in the same gridview... well and i guess its possible i just found out about dataset so i ll try and use that. if u know how to use that let me know.
Mahesh Bailwal 13-Jul-13 11:58am
Well if you want to bind one data-source at one time then its always possible but if you want to bind same grid with more than one data-source at the same time then its not possible and your dataset approach is correct.

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You can change the DataSource property of a DataGridView. For more information on how to effectively use the DataSource please refer to this link[^].

Please refer to below code, if should solve your problem:

DataTable _dt1;
DataTable _dt2;
public Form1()
    _dt1 = InitDataTableOne("Table 1");
    _dt2 = InitDataTableTwo("Table 2");
    dataGridView1.DataSource = _dt1;
    comboBox1.SelectedIndexChanged += new EventHandler(comboBox1_SelectedIndexChanged);
void comboBox1_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
    dataGridView1.DataSource = comboBox1.SelectedIndex == 0 ? _dt1 : _dt2;
private DataTable InitDataTableOne(string tableName)
    DataTable dt = new DataTable(tableName);
    dt.Rows.Add("A"+tableName, "20");
    dt.Rows.Add("B"+tableName, "24");
    return dt;
private DataTable InitDataTableTwo(string tableName)
    DataTable dt = new DataTable(tableName);
    dt.Rows.Add("A" + tableName, "Street 1");
    dt.Rows.Add("B" + tableName, "Street 2");
    return dt;

Ankush Bansal

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