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How can I select all the text on clicking the cell?

In GridControl, the current cells behavior is controlled by the grid’s ActivateCurrentCellBehavior property. When the property is set to SelectAll, it selects all the text in the cell when the cell becomes the current cell.




After applying the properties, the grid is shown as follows,

Figure 1: Selects all the text in the cell

Sample Links

CS: SelectAll Text

VB: SelectAll Text

Article ID: Published Date: Last Revised Date: Platform: Control:
621 04/30/2011 02/12/2016 WinForms GridControl
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Adam Bruss Aug 17, 2016
How can I select all the text in a cell when the user is editing a cell and presses Ctrl+A?
Neelakandan Kannan [Syncfusion] Aug 19, 2016

Hi Adam,


Thanks for using Syncfusion products.





Select all the text in a cell when the user is editing a cell and presses Ctrl+A



Solution - 1

The reported scenario can be achieved by setting the CellType as OriginalTextBox. Please make use of below code,


Code snippet

this.gridControl1.TableStyle.CellType = GridCellTypeName.OriginalTextBox;




Solution – 2

You can also handle the CurrentCellKeyDown event to achieve the reported scenario. Please make use of below code,


Code snippet


this.gridControl1.CurrentCellKeyPress += new KeyPressEventHandler(gridControl1_CurrentCellKeyPress);



void gridControl1_CurrentCellKeyPress(object sender, KeyPressEventArgs e)


    if (((Control.ModifierKeys & Keys.Control) != Keys.None) && char.IsLetter('A'))


        if (this.gridControl1.CurrentCell.IsEditing)


            GridTextBoxCellRenderer renderer = this.gridControl1.CurrentCell.Renderer as GridTextBoxCellRenderer;










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