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Start in Edit Mode


Start RadDatForm in edit mode, without showing the ItemTemplate.


Use its PreRender event to do one of the following:

  • Call the FireCommandEvent("Edit", "") method of the first item.
  • OR, set the Edit property of the first item to true and rebind the data form.

Make sure you have at least an emty ItemTemplate and that the control has a data source set.

protected void RadDataForm1_PreRender(object sender, EventArgs e)
    if (!IsPostBack)
        // first approach
        RadDataFormItem item = RadDataForm1.Items[0];
        item.FireCommandEvent("Edit", "");
        // second approach
        //(RadDataForm1.Items[0] as RadDataFormDataItem).Edit = true;
Protected Sub RadDataForm1_PreRender(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
    If Not IsPostBack Then
        'first approach
        Dim item As RadDataFormItem = RadDataForm1.Items(0)
        item.FireCommandEvent("Edit", "")
        ' second approach
        '(TryCast(RadDataForm1.Items(0), RadDataFormDataItem)).Edit = True
    End If
End Sub
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