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Column Header CheckBox in DataGridView (Winfoms)

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4 Jan 2008CPOL
How to display Column Header CheckBox in Winfoms DataGridView


This article will explains about creating & displaying Column Header CheckBox in winforms DataGridView.


Bydefault DataGridView doen't supports column header chekbox, for this we need to write a class which is inherited by DataGridViewColumnHeaderCell class.

1) Add a boolean propery named CheckAll in that class to maintain the seleced state of Header checkbox.

2) override default implemention of Paint method. In this method, drawing the CheckBox at column Header.

3) override its OnMouseClick event. Here handle the click event of header checkbox.

I have created class named DGVColumnHeader as follows...

class DGVColumnHeader : DataGridViewColumnHeaderCell
    private Rectangle CheckBoxRegion;
    private bool checkAll = false;

    protected override void Paint(Graphics graphics,
        Rectangle clipBounds, Rectangle cellBounds, int rowIndex,
        DataGridViewElementStates dataGridViewElementState,
        object value, object formattedValue, string errorText,
        DataGridViewCellStyle cellStyle, DataGridViewAdvancedBorderStyle advancedBorderStyle,
        DataGridViewPaintParts paintParts)

        base.Paint(graphics, clipBounds, cellBounds, rowIndex, dataGridViewElementState, value,
            formattedValue, errorText, cellStyle, advancedBorderStyle, paintParts);

        graphics.FillRectangle(new SolidBrush(cellStyle.BackColor), cellBounds);

        CheckBoxRegion = new Rectangle(
            cellBounds.Location.X + 1,
            cellBounds.Location.Y + 2,
            25, cellBounds.Size.Height - 4);

        if (this.checkAll)
            ControlPaint.DrawCheckBox(graphics, CheckBoxRegion, ButtonState.Checked);
            ControlPaint.DrawCheckBox(graphics, CheckBoxRegion, ButtonState.Normal);

        Rectangle normalRegion =
            new Rectangle(
            cellBounds.Location.X + 1 + 25,
            cellBounds.Size.Width - 26,

        graphics.DrawString(value.ToString(), cellStyle.Font, new SolidBrush(cellStyle.ForeColor), normalRegion);

    protected override void OnMouseClick(DataGridViewCellMouseEventArgs e)
        //Convert the CheckBoxRegion
        Rectangle rec = new Rectangle(new Point(0, 0), this.CheckBoxRegion.Size);
        this.checkAll = !this.checkAll;
        if (rec.Contains(e.Location))

    public bool CheckAll
        get { return this.checkAll; }
        set { this.checkAll = value; }
First Initialize a object of DGVColumnHeader add to DataGridView columns using Insert method at desired place. In this example i have added at first column and assigned to HeaderCell of it.

//Create the object of DGVColumnHeader
DGVColumnHeader dgvColumnHeader;
private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    //initialize DGVColumnHeader object
    dgvColumnHeader = new DGVColumnHeader();

    //Add columns dynamically  to gridview
    dataGridView1.Columns.Insert(0, new DataGridViewCheckBoxColumn());
    dataGridView1.Columns[0].HeaderCell = dgvColumnHeader;

    //Data Binding
    DataTable dt = new DataTable();
    dt.Rows.Add("100", "101");
    dt.Rows.Add("102", "103");
    dataGridView1.DataSource = dt;
Add the following code in dataGridView1_ColumnHeaderMouseClick event to check/uncheck all the records based on the header checkbox state

private void dataGridView1_ColumnHeaderMouseClick(object sender, DataGridViewCellMouseEventArgs e)
    if (e.ColumnIndex == 0)
        for (int i = 0; i < dataGridView1.Rows.Count; i++)
            dataGridView1.Rows[i].Cells[0].Value = dgvColumnHeader.CheckAll;
When we select any of checkbox cell other than Header checkbox, by default grid will shows as edit mode. This we can handle using dataGridView1_CellClick event

private void dataGridView1_CellClick(object sender, DataGridViewCellEventArgs e)
    if (e.ColumnIndex == 0)
        for (int i = 0; i < this.dataGridView1.RowCount; i++)
            //Escalate Editmode
            string re_value = this.dataGridView1.Rows[i].Cells[0].EditedFormattedValue.ToString();
            this.dataGridView1.Rows[i].Cells[0].Value = "true";


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


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GeneralSolution to uncheck the checkbox in the header when uncheck the checkbox in the rows. Pin
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GeneralHow to uncheck the checkbox in the header. Pin
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Generalselect single checkBox Pin
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Generalhelp can you add also the original source Pin
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GeneralA little light in the "explain" department... Pin
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