> Is there any way to cause the grid to select a row when a cell is clicked instead of going into edit mode for that cell?
Try setting these properties
this.gridControl1.ActivateCurrentCellBehavior = GridCellActivateAction.None;
this.gridControl1.ListBoxSelectionMode = SelectionMode.One;
If you want the current cell to have the same backcolor as the rest of the row, then handle the CurrentCellActivating.