Column Widths

To set the widths of the Grid columns, use their width property.

You can also set the width of the columns through the col elements when you create a Grid from an HTML table. It is not recommended to use width styles for table cells.

Depending on whether scrolling is enabled, the columns of the Grid acquire different behavior. By default, scrolling in the Grid in Kendo UI for jQuery, UI for JSP, and UI for PHP is enabled. In the UI for ASP.NET MVC and UI for ASP.NET Core suites, scrolling is disabled.

Enabled Scrolling

When scrolling is enabled:

  • The table-layout style is set to fixed and all columns without a defined width appear equally wide.
  • When the horizontal space is not enough, columns without a defined width shrink to a zero width.
  • Regardless of the cell content, the defined column widths are obeyed.
  • If the content of a cell cannot fit, the Grid will either wrap or clip it.
  • During the resizing of columns, only the resized column and the table will change its widths.
  • When a column is resized or hidden, the Grid applies a pixel width to its table elements. This behavior helps maintain the widths of all remaining columns except for the column that is currently resized or hidden.
  • When all columns have pixel widths and their sum exceeds the width of the Grid, a horizontal scrollbar appears.
  • When all columns have pixel widths and their sum is less than the width of the Grid, the column widths are ignored and the browser expands all columns.

Disabled Scrolling

When scrolling is disabled:

  • The table-layout style is set to auto. If not explicitly defined, the column widths are determined by the browser and by the cell content, which is the default behavior of HTML tables.
  • The browser will try to obey all column widths that are set but might adjust the widths of some columns depending on their content.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make a non-scrollable Grid obey the columns widths?

Workaround: Change the table-layout to fixed.

    #GridID > table /* header + data table */
        table-layout: fixed;

How can I avoid the rendering of blank space after the last column when the columns are resized to less than the width of a resizable Grid?

Workaround: Follow the demonstrated approach in the article on removing trailing spaces when resizing Grid columns.

How can I remove the misalignment of the columns and headers when the Grid is resized in old Internet Explorer versions?

Workaround: Leave at least one column without a specified width so that it can freely adjust.

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