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The WinForms grid control is a cell-oriented control for displaying tabular data. It does not make any assumptions regarding the structure of the data. Users can customize it down to the cell level. It can be used in a virtual manner, in which the data is provided on-demand in real time, or it can be used in a manner in which the cell grid maintains the data within its own internal structures. Its rich feature set includes editing, cell styling, data formatting, covered cells, various cell editors, clipboard operations, formulas, Excel-like selection, frozen rows and columns, exporting, and more.

High performance

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Instant Loading

Load millions of rows and columns in less time. Supports on-demand data loading.


Smooth Scrolling

Provides a smooth scrolling experience even with millions of rows and columns.

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Virtual grid

On-demand data population in which the grid does not store cell styles in its internal storage. This means the grid can be loaded with millions of rows and columns instantly.

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Internal storage

Users can populate the grid by storing the cell style in its internal storage. The cell style exposes various properties for storing cell appearance and data information.

Seamless editing experience

  • Support for built-in cell types such as checkbox, button, combobox, and more.
  • Embed any control in a cell to view or edit data.
  • Built-in data error indication and validation to validate cells and display error information.

winforms grid control editing

Excel-inspired formula calculation

  • The WinForms grid control (.NET grid) supports Excel-like formulas for calculating the value of a cell.
  • An extensive formula function library that supports more than 400 built-in formulas. Users can add custom logic formula functions as required.
  • Supports cross-sheet references and named ranges similar to Excel.

winforms grid control formula calculations


  • Users can select a range of cells, rows, or columns with customizable selection color.
  • It is possible to make the selection in an Excel-like selection frame.

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winforms grid control data formatting

Data formatting

Users can customize cell styles at any level and format data as required. Customize each cell’s appearance such as Font, Background, Borders and more. Cell styles can be applied to any range of cells, rows, columns, and tables.

winforms grid control conditional formatting

Conditional formatting

Customize the appearance of cells, rows, or columns conditionally based on data.

Built-in themes

The WinForms Grid control (.NET Grid) provides built-in themes support to adapt the control to the rest of your business application. Some of the different built-in themes include:

  • Metro
  • Office 2016, 2010, 2007, and 2003.

Users can customize the built-in themes or write their own custom themes.

winforms grid control office2016 dark gray theme

Row and column resizing

  • Column width and row height can be adjusted (auto-fit) based on the content of any row, column, or column header.
  • Users can also resize the columns or rows like in Excel by resizing column or row headers.

winforms grid control column resizing

Smooth scrolling

  • Supports both accelerated scrolling and deferred scrolling.
  • Common scroll bars can be used for two or more grids.
  • Show additional information as tooltips when scrolling vertically or horizontally

Scrolling documentation

winforms grid control scrolling

Excel-like features

Users can interact with the grid through a rich interaction experience similar to Excel. Provides the following rich, Excel-like features:

  • Cell merging
  • OLE drag and drop
  • Cell comment
  • Fill and copy series
  • Freeze panes
  • Floating cells
  • Format cell dialog
  • Find and replace dialog
  • Split pane

winforms grid control ole drag and drop

Multiple document view

MFC applications are usually designed using the document-view pattern. Grid provides complete separation of its data and display details. This allows users to easily implement multiple views of the same data, similar to MFC document-view applications.

winforms grid control multiple views

Record navigation bar

  • Navigate between records easily using a navigation bar at the bottom of the grid using “RecordNavigationControl”.
  • Customize the record navigation bar appearance.
  • Supports built-in themes such as Metro, Office 2016, and more.

winforms grid control record navigation bar


Display additional hints or information about cells through tooltips. Users can customize tooltip appearance.

winforms grid control tooltip


View the grid content clearly by zooming in and out as required.

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Importing and Exporting

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Import and Export

  • Import a Microsoft Excel file and preserve the look and feel in the grid.
  • Importing documentation

  • A rich set of options are available for exporting data to Microsoft Excel file formats, PDF, CSV, Word, and HTML.

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Built-in support for the Print and Print Preview dialogs with numerous customization options.


Serialize the WinForms grid control (.NET grid) settings to XML, SOAP, Binary format, and load back (deserialization) to grid.

Serialization documentation

UI Automation

Compatible with Coded UI and UFT (formerly QTP) automation tools.

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