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Accessing Cells

Cells can be accessed by index or the column Name property.


RadGridView uses virtualization for its visual elements. This means that only the rows that are currently visible have a visual element. When the grid is scrolled up and down the visual elements are reused. Because of the virtualization, it is safe to use the CellElement only inside the CellFormatting event and only for the current cell.


When assigning values to several cells subsequently, the RadGridView should be placed between BeginUpdate() and EndUpdate() method invocations of the desired template. See section "Multiple assignments of cell values" below for more information.

Accessing cells by column Name

In this example we will change a cell value to 10 if it is greater than 10. In this case we assume that there is a "UnitPrice" column and we modify the cell in its first row.

if ((decimal)radGridView1.Rows[0].Cells["UnitPrice"].Value > 10)
    radGridView1.Rows[0].Cells["UnitPrice"].Value = 10;

If DirectCast(RadGridView1.Rows(0).Cells("UnitPrice").Value, Decimal) > 10 Then
    RadGridView1.Rows(0).Cells("UnitPrice").Value = 10
End If

Figure 1: Before setting the value.

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Figure 2: After the value is set.

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Accessing cells by index

The example below modifies the second cell of the first row and sets a value greater than 10 back to 10.

if ((decimal)radGridView1.Rows[0].Cells[5].Value > 10)
    radGridView1.Rows[0].Cells[5].Value = 10;

If DirectCast(RadGridView1.Rows(0).Cells(5).Value, Decimal) > 10 Then
    RadGridView1.Rows(0).Cells(5).Value = 10
End If

Multiple assignments of cell values

When assigning values to several cells subsequently, the RadGridView should be placed between BeginUpdate and EndUpdate method invocations of the desired template. This way of setting multiple assignments is recommended for performance considerations. For example if you have added a sorting descriptor to RadGridView and you enter/modify five cell values without using these methods, the sorting mechanism will recreate the whole grid five times, which will slow it down. On the other hand if this is done between the suggested methods, the sorting mechanism will run only once, right after calling EndUpdate method.

radGridView1.Rows[0].Cells["UnitPrice"].Value = 10;
radGridView1.Rows[1].Cells["UnitPrice"].Value = 20;
radGridView1.Rows[2].Cells["UnitPrice"].Value = 30;
radGridView1.Rows[3].Cells["UnitPrice"].Value = 40;
radGridView1.Rows[4].Cells["UnitPrice"].Value = 50;

RadGridView1.Rows(0).Cells("UnitPrice").Value = 10
RadGridView1.Rows(1).Cells("UnitPrice").Value = 20
RadGridView1.Rows(2).Cells("UnitPrice").Value = 30
RadGridView1.Rows(3).Cells("UnitPrice").Value = 40
RadGridView1.Rows(4).Cells("UnitPrice").Value = 50

Figure 3: Setting multiple values.

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