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MonthCalendarAdv - Get date for cell, select cell by date?

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97625 Dec 18,2010 08:01 PM UTC Jan 20,2011 11:16 PM UTC WinForms 5
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Joel McIntyre
Asked On December 18, 2010 08:01 PM UTC

I'm investigating using the MonthCalendarAdv control to display color statuses for each date in my app.

I read the documentation, and read through the public members, but haven't found what I'm looking for.

Using GetCellInfo(...) and SetCellInfo(...) I can retrieve and alter a day's appearance, but I don't see a way to do the following. Please help!

1) I can't tell directly "which date" a cell is, i.e. GetCellInfo(1,1)'s date.

2) I really don't care where a cell is, is there a way to go directly from the date to getting/setting that cell's info, or at least get the cell row and column from a date?

Part of all that is I want to let the user customize what the first day of the week shown is - Sunday, Monday, whatever day the 1st is..., and I'd rather not be writing my own conversion routine of date <-> cell location if there is one built in that I've missed.

Thanks for any assistance, and sorry if I just missed it in the documentation - please point me to it!

Best Wishes,

Vallarasu S [Syncfusion]
Replied On December 20, 2010 01:01 PM UTC

Hi Joel,

Thanks for your interest in Syncfusion products.

You can get information on a particular cell via DateCellQueryInfo event, it provides row and column index as well. MonthCalendarAdv supports changing the first day of week through FirstDayOfWeek property. Refer the following documentations for further information.



Please let us know if you need any further information in this regard.

Vallarasu S.

Joel McIntyre
Replied On December 20, 2010 03:52 PM UTC

Thanks for taking a look!

Maybe I'm missing something; DateCellQueryInfo is a callback when the user interacts with the control? I'm not sure how to trigger that I want cell 3,3 to "perform DateCellQueryInfo callback".

Or am I supposed to refresh all the days if I need to change one? I'm not sure the scenario you guys have in mind.

My general scenario: customers call phone operators, who put a past date (usually in the last month) in the database with a research question. Level 1 support people have an app that watches the database, and colors the calendar days with 'work to be done' or 'all resolved'.

When I load a new date from the database, I'm having trouble converting 12/15/2010 to a column & row (or searching the grid for the right date) so that I can call SetCellInfo and change the background color.

I'm unclear how DateCellQueryInfo helps me? The calendar doesn't know to make the callback? Or do I invalidate the whole calendar and let it cycle through every date?


Iniyen M A [Syncfusion]
Replied On December 31, 2010 04:08 AM UTC

Hi Joel,

Thanks for the update.

You can achieve your requirements by using DateCellQueryInfo event. This event uses ‘DateValue’ object which is used to specify the date value by converting DateTime to DateValue and finding the match of the specific date, month, year as your requirement. For your information the code is as follows.

this.monthCalendarAdv1.DateCellQueryInfo +=new Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DateCellQueryInfoEventHandler(monthCalendarAdv1_DateCellQueryInfo);
private void monthCalendarAdv1_DateCellQueryInfo(object sender, Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DateCellQueryInfoEventArgs e)
if (e.DateValue != null)
DateTime dt = (DateTime)e.DateValue;

if (new DateTime(dt.Year, dt.Month, dt.Day) == new System.DateTime(2010, 11, 15))
e.Style.BackColor = Color.Green;


Please let us know if you have any concerns in this.

Iniyen M.A.

Joel McIntyre
Replied On January 10, 2011 07:23 PM UTC


I figured out what I was missing!

I need to call monthCalendarAdv1.Refresh(), and it will call monthCalendarAdv1_DateCellQueryInfo() so I can update my colors.

I had tried both Invalidate() and RefreshCalendar() with no luck, but if I store the "date colors" in my app and use that list in DateCellQueryInfo(), I can force the UI to update by calling Refresh(), which calls the necessary DateCellQueryInfo().

(By the way, it looks like SetCellInfo(...) and GetCellInfo(...) aren't available like I thought they were - maybe it's only in 4.0 and not 3.5? I'm not certain, but I saw them in initial testing and don't see them now.)

As a feature request, would you consider in future releases adding a way to convert a date to or from a cell, like:


Point cell = monthCalendarAdv1.DateToCell(datetime);
DateTime date = monthCalendarAdv1.CellToDate(3 ,2);


other alternatives might be extending SetCellInfo to take a date rather than a row/column pair:
SetCellInfo(datetime, cellinfo);

and of course GetCellInfo() should return the cell's date somehow as part of the details.


Thanks for the help! I've got some more questions, but I'll start new threads for those.


Jeraldes J [Syncfusion]
Replied On January 20, 2011 11:16 PM UTC

Hi Joel,

Thanks for yoour update.

Please let us know if you need any more details.

J Jeraldes


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