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Fill dropdownlist that is inside grid cell with another datasource

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118480 Mar 11,2015 03:59 PM Mar 16,2015 10:23 AM ASP.NET Web Forms 3
Tags: Grid
Asked On March 11, 2015 03:59 PM

Hi, I have a grid and that has some EditType="DropDown" columns.

I would like to fill these dropdowns with data from another datasource besides 
the grid one. Any clue?

Balaji Marimuthu [Syncfusion]
Replied On March 12, 2015 08:37 AM

Hi Artur,

Thanks for using Syncfusion Products.

We have achieved your requirement by using the DataSource property in Grid columns. Please find the sample and the code snippet.

Sample: 118480-dropdown.zip


  <ej:Grid ID="OrdersGrid" runat="server" AllowPaging="True" >



                <ej:Column Field="OrderID" HeaderText="Order ID" IsPrimaryKey="true" TextAlign="Right" Width="90"/>

                <ej:Column Field="CustomerID" HeaderText="Customer ID" Width="90" EditType="Dropdown" />


              . . . . . . .





        List<Customer> customers = new List<Customer>();

        protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)


            customers.Add(new Customer() { text = "Andreas", value = "Andreas" });

            customers.Add(new Customer() { text = "Frank" ,  value = "Frank" });

            customers.Add(new Customer() { text = "Willi" ,  value = "Willi" });

            customers.Add(new Customer() { text = "Horst" ,  value = "Horst" });

            customers.Add(new Customer() { text = "Manfred",  value = "Manfred" });



        private void BindDataSource()



            . . . . . . .           

           this.OrdersGrid.DataSource = order;

            var index = this.OrdersGrid.Columns.FindIndex(col => col.Field == "CustomerID");

            this.OrdersGrid.Columns.ElementAt(index).DataSource = customers;





        public class Customer


            public Customer()



            public Customer(string text, string value)


                this.text = text;

                this.value = value;


            public string text { get; set; }

            public string value { get; set; }



By using the DataSource property in Grid columns, we can bind the datasource to the columns in editmode.

Please let us know If you have any queries.


Balaji Marimuthu

Replied On March 13, 2015 09:19 AM

This was very very useful! Thanks!

But I'd like to say that I found another way to do it using 
a custom template with an independent dropdown ;)

Thanks anyway

Balaji Marimuthu [Syncfusion]
Replied On March 16, 2015 10:23 AM

Hi Artur,

Thank you for the update.

Please let us know if you need any further assistance.


Balaji Marimuthu


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