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FlexGrid as DataGrid

, 12 May 2008
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ActiveX control makes FlexGrid as DataGrid and edits FlexGrid


I create a new AciveX control (FDGrid) to let FlexGrid control as DataGrid control. With this ActiveX, you can:

  • Connect with database
  • Fill FlexGrid with table
  • Edit and add records
  • MoveFirst, MoveLast, MoveNext and MovePrevious
  • Auto save (Update) after Edit cell
  • Edit grid without connecting to database file


When using my ActiveX control (FDGrid), if you use it as DataGrid you must load the grid with data from the database file. See the code in the form (Form1). You can edit the grid without loading data. See the code in the form (Form2). Some properties and methods of my ActiveX are in the following table:

Method/Property Definition Example
DatabaseNameSet database nameFDGrid1.DatabaseName = FileName
DataSourceSet Recordset to gridFDGrid1.DataSource = rs
AddNewRowAdd new record to gridFDGrid1.AddNewRow
DeleteRowDelete recordFDGrid1.DeleteRow
UpdateSave record after addFDGrid1.Update
CancelUpdateCancel updateFDGrid1.CancelUpdate
MoveFirstMove to first recordFDGrid1.MoveFirst
MoveLastMove to last recordFDGrid1.MoveLast
MoveNextMove to next recordFDGrid1.MoveNext
MovePreviousMove to previous recordFDGrid1.MovePrevious

Other Properties and Methods as (MSFlexGrid) control.

To use my ActiveX (FDGrid), you must add only one file from files: "Microsoft DAO 3.51 (or 3.6) Object Library" to the reference and add (FDGrid) control to the Toolbox.

Using the Code

Form1 (connect to the database file and use ActiveX as MSDataGrid)

LoadData() procedure:

Dim MyDataFile As String
Dim MyDb As Database
Dim MySql As String

   MyDataFile = App.Path + "\DataFile\" + "Sale.mdb"
   Set MyDb = OpenDatabase(MyDataFile, False, False, ";pwd=" & "")
   MySql = "SELECT * FROM Products Order by ProductID"
   FDGrid1.DatabaseName = MyDataFile
   FDGrid1.RecordSource = MySql
   FDGrid1.RecordsetType = vbRSTypeDynaset

Form_Load() procedure:

'Call LoadData procedure

cmdAdd_Click() procedure:

' add new record to data base file

cmdCancel_Click() procedure:

' don't save record

cmdDelete_Click() procedure:

' delete record from data base file

cmdUpdate_Click() procedure:

' save record to data base file

Refer to Form1 to see code for MoveFirst, MoveLast, MoveNext and MovePrevious.

Form2 (use ActiveX to edit grid)

LoadData() procedure:

FDGrid1.Cols = 8 'grid has 8 columns
FDGrid1.Rows = 15 'grid has 15 rows

'set alignment of fixed row to center
For c = 1 To FDGrid1.Cols - 1
   FDGrid1.TextMatrix(0, c) = "Col " & CStr(c)
   FDGrid1.ColAlignmentHeader(c) = flexAlignCenterCenter
Next c

' fill some rows
For r = 1 To 5
   For c = 1 To FDGrid1.Cols - 1
      FDGrid1.TextMatrix(r, c) = "Cell(" & CStr(r) & "," & CStr(c) & ")"
   Next c
Next r

' You can edit any cell, just click any cell then try to edit it.


When extracting the file, you can find the FDGrid.ocx file in the ActiveXcontrol folder.

Find the database file Sale.mdb in the DataFile folder.

Find the prjBoundFlex project (to test the ActiveX control) in the FDGrid folder.

This project has three forms (frmMain, Form1 and Form2).

  • Form1 is to connect grid with database file.
  • Form2 is to edit grid.

Last Words

I hope this article is useful and helps you when your application needs to connect with the database or needs to edit grid. Please tell me if you have any ideas or if you find any problems. Thanks to Code Project and thanks to all.


  • 12th May, 2008: Initial post

Mostafa Kaisoun


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