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Define Columns in ASP.NET MVC Data Grid.

Define columns

You can define the needed columns explicitly in a Data Grid. You can also enhance the appearance of columns by setting the header text, text alignment, cell value format, and width.

Auto generate columns

When the column collection is not specified, Data Grid will create columns’ definition for the users by creating column object from the data source.

Auto generate columns in ASP.NET MVC Data Grid.

Auto size in ASP.NET MVC Data Grid.

Auto size

Users can interactively auto size column width to show its full content by double clicking on column borders. Data Grid also supports triggering auto sizing to the required columns programmatically.

Cell attributes

Users can decorate each cell element of the Data Grid with their own attributes by customizing styles, adding additional class names, etc.

Cell attributes in ASP.NET MVC Data Grid.

Text wrap using in ASP.NET MVC Data Grid.

Text wrap

Wraps the Data Grid cell text to the next line when it is too large to fit a cell. Users can wrap the header or content cell`s text by setting the available wrap mode options.

Column chooser

The column chooser provides a list of column names paired with check boxes that allows the user to toggle visibility on the fly. This helps the users to control the column visibility through an interactive UI.

Choose visible columns using column chooser in ASP.NET MVC Data Grid.

Reorder columns in ASP.NET MVC Data Grid.


Reorder Data Grid columns either through user interaction or programmatically. Simply dragging a column header to the desired column position will reorder the columns of a Data Grid.


Column resize allows changing the column width on the fly by simply dragging the right corner of the column header. A scroll bar appears when the Data Grid content width exceeds the element width.

Resize column width in the ASP.NET MVC Data Grid.

Column menu in ASP.NET MVC Data Grid.

Column menu

Allows performing various column-based actions with the help of Data Grid column menu. Menu items can also be customized to list only the preferred actions.

Column spanning

Span the adjacent Data Grid cells based on the preferred criteria.

Cell spanning in ASP.NET MVC Data Grid.

Foreign key column with look-up data in ASP.NET MVC Data Grid.

Foreign key column

It is possible to show values from external or lookup data sources in a column based on foreign key/value name. Allows all Data Grid actions like sorting, filtering, editing, grouping, and other operations in the foreign data column.

Value accessors

The value accessors specify how the cell value is to be retrieved from the data. The preferred value accessors can be used when the row data is not just a simple object.

Custom value getter using value accessor in ASP.NET MVC Data Grid.

Cell styling in ASP.NET MVC Data Grid.

Cell styling

Data Grid supports customization of cell styles programmatically or by using CSS.


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