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The WinForms datagrid control is used for efficiently displaying and manipulating tabular data. Its rich feature set includes functionalities like data binding, editing, sorting, filtering, grouping, and exporting to Excel/PDF file formats and more. It has also been optimized for working with millions of records as well as handling high frequency real-time updates.

High Performance

Windows Forms DataGrid Instant Loading

Instant Loading

Load millions of records instantly.

Windows Forms DataGrid Fast Data Processing

Fast Data Processing

Data processing operations like sorting, filtering, grouping, summaries, refresh, and real-time update operations are handled efficiently using PLINQ.

Windows Forms DataGrid Print and Export


The data grid is optimized for quickly exporting to Excel and PDF file formats.

Data Binding

Data binding works out of the box with all popular data sources like SQL Server, Oracle, and IEnumerable; and data providers like LINQ to SQL, ADO.NET, Entity Framework, and WCF Data Service.

DataGrid Data Binding

Seamless Editing Experience

  • Supports built-in column types.
  • Add new records dynamically.

Data Error Indication and Validation

Includes built-in support for validating cells and displaying error information based on IDataErrorInfo, INotifyDataErrorInfo, and DataAnnotations. The data grid also provides support for custom validations.

Windows Forms DataGrid Data Validation

Data Shaping and Manipulation

Windows Forms DataGrid Sort


Sort data against one or more columns with multiple customization operations. An option is also included to sort by caption summary values when the grid is grouped.

Windows Forms DataGrid Grouping


Group data by one or more columns either programmatically or through mouse and touch interactivity.

Windows Forms DataGrid Filter


The data grid has a built-in, Excel-inspired filter UI with advanced filtering options to easily filter and view data as required. It is also possible to filter programmatically.

Windows Forms DataGrid Summaries


Calculate and display sum, min, max, average, count, and custom aggregates in additional rows in a table or group.

Windows Forms DataGrid Real-Time Update Demonstration

Real-Time Updates

The data grid handles high-frequency updates even under the most demanding scenarios where the data is sorted and grouped in real time. The summaries are calculated in an optimized way and the updated summary is displayed in real-time scenarios.

Windows Forms DataGrid Searching Records

Highlight search results and also filter records based on search text.

Conditional Formatting

Customize cell and row appearances conditionally based on the cell data.

Row and Column Customization

Windows Forms DataGrid Autofit Row Height Based on Content

Individual Row Heights

Change the height of the rows based on the content of any column or certain columns to enhance readability.

Windows Forms DataGrid Cells Merging

Cell Merging

Merge cells in both horizontal and vertical directions. Adjacent cells with the same data can be merged into a single cell and display the data in the cell.

Windows Forms DataGrid Freeze Rows and Columns

Freeze Panes

Freeze the rows and columns at the top, bottom, left, and right positions of the grid, similar to Excel.

Windows Forms DataGrid Unbound Row Mode

Unbound Rows

Display rows at the top and bottom of the grid with data that is not bound to the ItemsSource.

Windows Forms DataGrid Stacked Headers

Stacked Headers

Display stacked headers, which are unbound header rows that can span across multiple rows and columns.

Windows Forms DataGrid Unbound Column Mode

Unbound Columns

Display additional columns that are not bound to data. The data grid also supports expressions, which are used to calculate values among columns.

Nested Grid View

A master-detail relationship is represented through nested grids that can be expanded and collapsed as required. The data grid also supports functionalities like editing, sorting, filtering, and more. Its flexibility allows unlimited levels of nesting.

Windows Forms DataGrid Master Details View

Data Virtualization

Create records on demand by automatically enabling data virtualization.

Windows Forms DataGrid Data Virtualization

Interactive Features

Windows Forms DataGrid Column Drag and Drop

Column Drag-and-Drop

Drag and drop columns within the grid, and even drag and drop between controls.

Tooltip to Show Cell Content


Provides advanced tooltip options to display multiple items, balloon styles, and custom appearances.

Windows Forms DataGrid Context Menu

Context Menu

Improve the end user experience by adding custom context menu entries.

Row and Cell Selection


Built-in support is added for the row and cell-based selection like Excel, with extensive support for all keyboard navigation actions.

windows forms datagrid showing column chooser

Column Chooser

Column chooser UI can be selectively enabled to let end-users interactively choose the visible columns.

Built-in Themes

Supports built-in Office 2016 themes:

  • Black
  • Colorful
  • White
  • Dark Gray


  • Includes a rich set of options for exporting data to Microsoft Excel file formats, PDF, and CSV.
  • Several customization options are also provided to customize the exporting operations.

Windows Forms DataGrid Excel and PDF Export


Settings in the grid can be serialized to XML format and loaded back through the built-in serialization options.

Windows Forms DataGrid XML Serialization and Deserialization


All static text in the data grid can be localized to any desired language.

Windows Forms DataGrid Localization


Provides accessibility support to make applications available to a wide variety of users.


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