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    Cell Format
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    Cell Content

    To control how content of the cells is formatted and displayed, set the Format property of Row or Column object to format string similar to the ones that are used with String.Format property in the .NET framework. For instance, the sample code below formats the third column as Date and fourth column as Currency.

    Cell format

    //Set short date format
    c1FlexGrid1.Cols[3].Format = "D";
    //Set currency format
    c1FlexGrid1.Cols[4].Format = "c";                    
    'Set short date format
    c1FlexGrid1.Cols(3).Format = "D"
    'Set currency format
    c1FlexGrid1.Cols(4).Format = "c"   

    FlexGrid also provides design time option to set the Format property through the Format String dialog. You can access the Format String dialog by clicking Ellipsis button against the Format String field in Column Tasks menu. Or, you can also use the Format property in C1FlexGrid Column Editor

    Format String Dialog

    Note that Format String dialog is specific to column and changes the Format property of the selected column only.

    Cell Appearance

    FlexGrid provides CellStyle objects to handle the appearance aspects of cells such as alignment, font, colors, borders, and so on. The grid has Styles property that holds the collection of styles used to format the grid. This collection has some built-in members that define the appearance of grid elements, such as fixed and scrollable cells, selection, focus cell, and so on. You can change these styles to modify the appearance of grid.

    Cell Appearance

    Although, changing the built-in styles is the simplest way to change appearance of the grid, you can also create your own custom styles and assign them to cells, rows, or columns.

    Use the code below to change appearance of the WinForms FlexGrid cells.

    //Customizing built-in style
    CellStyle cs = c1FlexGrid1.Styles.Focus;
    cs.Font = new Font(c1FlexGrid1.Font, FontStyle.Bold);
    cs.ForeColor = Color.Green;
    cs.BackColor = Color.Red;
    //Creating a custom style 
    CellStyle cs1 = c1FlexGrid1.Styles.Add("NewStyle");
    cs1.BackColor = Color.Aqua;
    cs1.ForeColor = Color.Blue;
    //Assigning the custom style
    c1FlexGrid1.Cols[3].Style = cs1;                        
    Dim cs As CellStyle = c1FlexGrid1.Styles.Focus
        cs.Font = New Font(c1FlexGrid1.Font, FontStyle.Bold)
        cs.ForeColor = Color.Green
        cs.BackColor = Color.Red
        Dim cs1 As CellStyle = c1FlexGrid1.Styles.Add("NewStyle")
        cs1.BackColor = Color.Aqua
        cs1.ForeColor = Color.Blue
        c1FlexGrid1.Cols(3).Style = cs1

    Conditional Formatting

    To format a cell according to its content, you need to create a new style and apply it to the cells satisfying a particular condition using SetCellStyle() method. For instance, to highlight the values greater than a specified value, you can format the cells containing them using different style.

    Conditional formatting

    Following code shows how to apply conditional formatting on WinForms FlexGrid cells.

    CellStyle cs;
    // Create a custom style for large values
    cs = c1FlexGrid1.Styles.Add("LargeValue");
    cs.Font = new Font(Font, FontStyle.Italic);
    cs.BackColor = Color.Gold;
    for (int row = 1; row < c1FlexGrid1.Rows.Count; row++)
    if (Convert.ToDouble(c1FlexGrid1[row, 4]) > 80000)
    c1FlexGrid1.SetCellStyle(row, 4, cs);         
    Dim cs As CellStyle
        cs = c1FlexGrid1.Styles.Add("LargeValue")
        cs.Font = New Font(Font, FontStyle.Italic)
        cs.BackColor = Color.Gold
        For row As Integer = 1 To c1FlexGrid1.Rows.Count - 1
            If Convert.ToDouble(c1FlexGrid1(row, 4)) > 80000 Then
                c1FlexGrid1.SetCellStyle(row, 4, cs)
            End If

    Owner Drawn Cell

    The above sections explain how you can customize FlexGrid cells to change the appearance of grid using CellStyle objects. However, for further customization of grid cells such as rendering gradient background, custom graphics etc., you can use DrawMode property and OwnerDrawCell event of the C1FlexGrid class.

    The DrawMode property determines whether or not the OwnerDrawCell event is fired. The event allows you to override every visual aspect of the cell. You can change the text and image to be displayed in the cell by setting the e.Text and e.Image parameters in the event handler. You can also change the style that is used to display the cell by setting the e.Style property.

    Note that you should not modify properties of the Style parameter as it might affect other cells. Instead, assign a new CellStyle object to the Style parameter. For example, instead of setting e.Style.ForeColor = Color.Red, assign a whole new style to the parameter using e.Style = c1FlexGrid1.Styles["RedStyle"].

    You can also use your own drawing code to draw into the cell, and even combine your custom code with calls to the e.DrawCell method. For example, you can paint the cell background using GDI calls and then call e.DrawCell to display the cell borders and content.

    In the example below, WinForms FlexGrid uses a gradient brush to paint the background of the selected cell range. First, the sample code sets the DrawMode property to OwnerDraw, and then declares a LinearGradientBrush object.

    Owner drawn cell

    System.Drawing.Drawing2D.LinearGradientBrush m_GradientBrush;
    private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        // Brush to use with owner-draw cells
        m_GradientBrush = new System.Drawing.Drawing2D.LinearGradientBrush(ClientRectangle, Color.SteelBlue, Color.White, 45);
        // Use owner-draw to add gradients
        c1FlexGrid1.DrawMode = C1.Win.C1FlexGrid.DrawModeEnum.OwnerDraw;
    private void C1FlexGrid1_OwnerDrawCell(object sender, C1.Win.C1FlexGrid.OwnerDrawCellEventArgs e)
        // Draw the selected cell background using gradient brush
        if (c1FlexGrid1.Selection.Contains(e.Row, e.Col))
    // Draw the background
    e.Graphics.FillRectangle(m_GradientBrush, e.Bounds);
    // Let the grid draw the content
    // We are done drawing this cell
    e.Handled = true;
    Private m_GradientBrush As Drawing.Drawing2D.LinearGradientBrush
    Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
        ' Brush to use with owner-draw cells
        m_GradientBrush = New Drawing.Drawing2D.LinearGradientBrush(ClientRectangle, Color.SteelBlue, Color.White, 45)
        ' Use owner-draw to add gradients
        c1FlexGrid1.DrawMode = C1.Win.C1FlexGrid.DrawModeEnum.OwnerDraw
    End Sub
    Private Sub C1FlexGrid1_OwnerDrawCell(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As C1.Win.C1FlexGrid.OwnerDrawCellEventArgs)
        ' Draw the selected cell background using gradient brush
        If c1FlexGrid1.Selection.Contains(e.Row, e.Col) Then
            ' Draw the background
            e.Graphics.FillRectangle(m_GradientBrush, e.Bounds)
            ' Let the grid draw the content
            ' We are done drawing this cell
            e.Handled = True
        End If
    End Sub
    End If
    End Sub