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How to Improve Scrolling Performance with Down Arrow Key in RadGridView


Product Version Product Author
2021.3.914 RadGridView for WinForms Desislava Yordanova


When you press the down arrow key, it is expected to move the current row in RadGridView to the next one. Thus, the style for the new current row should be updated depending on the theme and the old current row's style to be reset. This will move the vertical scrollbar respectively. However, if you keep the down arrow key pressed, this will trigger multiple operations of moving the current row to the next row until you release the down arrow key. RadGridView will try to scroll the view according to the current row and refresh the view. However, when multiple scrolling operations and changing the current row are being executed at the same time, this invalidation is not instant as changing the current row is an expensive operation. This tutorial demonstrates a sample approach how to speed up the scrolling behavior when the down arrow key is kept pressed.

Improved scrolling performance with Down Arrow key



One possible approach is to use the vertical scrollbar and scroll the view. The TableElement.RowScroller.ScrollMode property gives you different options for scrolling the view. ItemScrollerScrollModes.Deferred is a perfect fit for improving performance as the view is scrolled when you release the thumb. Thus, the current row is not changed in this case and the scrolling is smooth.

Alternatively, with the help of a custom row behavior, you can customize the behavior for the down arrow and change the current row only when you release the down arrow key. While the key is pressed, only scrolling operation is performed. I have prepared a sample code snippet for your reference:

Custom row behavior

public class CustomGridDataRowBehavior : GridDataRowBehavior
    protected override bool ProcessDownKey(KeyEventArgs keys)
        if (this.GridControl.CurrentRow is GridViewNewRowInfo && 
            this.MasterTemplate.SelectLastAddedRow && this.GridControl.IsInEditMode)
            return true;

        this.GridControl.TableElement.VScrollBar.Value = Math.Min(this.GridControl.TableElement.VScrollBar.Maximum - 
            this.GridControl.TableElement.VScrollBar.LargeChange - 1,
            this.GridControl.TableElement.VScrollBar.Value + this.GridControl.TableElement.VScrollBar.SmallChange);

        return true;
    public override bool ProcessKeyUp(KeyEventArgs keys)
        if (keys.KeyData == Keys.Down)
            this.GridControl.CurrentRow = this.GridControl.CurrentView.VisualRows.Last().RowInfo;
        return base.ProcessKeyUp(keys);

Public Class CustomGridDataRowBehavior
    Inherits GridDataRowBehavior

    Protected Overrides Function ProcessDownKey(ByVal keys As KeyEventArgs) As Boolean
        If TypeOf Me.GridControl.CurrentRow Is GridViewNewRowInfo AndAlso
            Me.MasterTemplate.SelectLastAddedRow AndAlso Me.GridControl.IsInEditMode Then
            Return True
        End If

        Me.GridControl.TableElement.VScrollBar.Value = Math.Min(Me.GridControl.TableElement.VScrollBar.Maximum -
                   Me.GridControl.TableElement.VScrollBar.LargeChange - 1,
               Me.GridControl.TableElement.VScrollBar.Value + Me.GridControl.TableElement.VScrollBar.SmallChange)
        Return True
    End Function

    Public Overrides Function ProcessKeyUp(ByVal keys As KeyEventArgs) As Boolean
        If keys.KeyData.Equals(Windows.Forms.Keys.Down) Then
            Me.GridControl.CurrentRow = Me.GridControl.CurrentView.VisualRows.Last().RowInfo
        End If

        Return MyBase.ProcessKeyUp(keys)
    End Function
End Class  

Then, apply the behavior:

BaseGridBehavior gridBehavior = radGridView1.GridBehavior as BaseGridBehavior;
gridBehavior.RegisterBehavior(typeof(GridViewDataRowInfo), new CustomGridDataRowBehavior());      

Dim gridBehavior As BaseGridBehavior = TryCast(RadGridView1.GridBehavior, BaseGridBehavior)
gridBehavior.RegisterBehavior(GetType(GridViewDataRowInfo), New CustomGridDataRowBehavior()) 

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