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How to select a row in gridview

The GridView control is used to display the values of a data source in a table. One of the key advantages of the GridView control over other data-bound controls is its ability to automatically take advantage of data source capabilities. In some situation we need to select an entire row values for different puposes. The following lesson will explian how you can select an entire row from a GridView and retrieve the data from the GridView row.

How to get selected row values from a Gridview control

how to select a row in gridview


In this article I have used Microsoft's Pubs database for sample data. You can download it free from the following link.


Gridview Select Row Without Using SELECT Button

You can Highlight a Row in GridView by using the onmouseover event. The following code will color the GridView row while mouse overing.


if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow)
    e.Row.Attributes["onmouseover"] = "'aquamarine';";
    e.Row.Attributes["onmouseout"] = "'white';";

How to get selected row values from a Gridview control

You can catch the GridView Cell value at the OnSelectedIndexChanged event. The following code retrieve the Cell Value from GridView OnSelectedIndexChanged event.


protected void OnSelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
    string pName = GridView1.SelectedRow.Cells[1].Text;
    msg.Text = "<b>Publisher Name  &nbsp;:&nbsp;&nbsp;   " + pName + "</b>";

The following source code will highlight GridView row on mouse over and select Cell value on Click event.



<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns="">
<head runat="server">
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
        <asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="false"
        OnRowDataBound="GridView1_RowDataBound" OnSelectedIndexChanged = "OnSelectedIndexChanged">
        <HeaderStyle BackColor="#507CD1" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="White" />
					<asp:BoundField DataField="pub_id" HeaderText="pub_id" />
					<asp:BoundField DataField="pub_name" HeaderText="pub_name" />
					<asp:BoundField DataField="city" HeaderText="city" />
					<asp:BoundField DataField="state" HeaderText="state" />
					<asp:BoundField DataField="country" HeaderText="country" />
                    <asp:ButtonField Text="Click" CommandName="Select" ItemStyle-Width="30"  />
        <br />
        <asp:Label ID="msg" runat="server" Text=""></asp:Label>

C# Source Code


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Data;
public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        SqlDataAdapter adapter = new SqlDataAdapter();
        DataSet ds = new DataSet();
        int i = 0;
        string sql = null;
        string connetionString = "Data Source=.;Initial Catalog=pubs;User ID=sa;Password=*****";
        sql = "select * from publishers";
        SqlConnection connection = new SqlConnection(connetionString);
        SqlCommand command = new SqlCommand(sql, connection);
        adapter.SelectCommand = command;
        GridView1.DataSource = ds.Tables[0];
    protected void GridView1_RowDataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
        if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow)
            e.Row.Attributes["onmouseover"] = "'aquamarine';";
            e.Row.Attributes["onmouseout"] = "'white';";
            e.Row.ToolTip = "Click last column for selecting this row.";
    protected void OnSelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
        string pName = GridView1.SelectedRow.Cells[1].Text;
        msg.Text = "<b>Publisher Name  &nbsp;:&nbsp;&nbsp;   " + pName + "</b>";

VB.Net Source Code


Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.Data.SqlClient
Imports System.Data
Partial Class _Default
    Inherits System.Web.UI.Page
    Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
        Dim adapter As New SqlDataAdapter()
        Dim ds As New DataSet()
        Dim i As Integer = 0
        Dim sql As String = Nothing
        Dim connetionString As String = "Data Source=.;Initial Catalog=pubs;User ID=sa;Password=*****"
        sql = "select * from publishers"
        Dim connection As New SqlConnection(connetionString)
        Dim command As New SqlCommand(sql, connection)
        adapter.SelectCommand = command
        GridView1.DataSource = ds.Tables(0)
    End Sub
Protected Sub GridView1_RowDataBound(sender As Object, e As GridViewRowEventArgs)
        If e.Row.RowType = DataControlRowType.DataRow Then
            e.Row.Attributes("onmouseover") = "'aquamarine';"
            e.Row.Attributes("onmouseout") = "'white';"
            e.Row.ToolTip = "Click last column for selecting this row."
        End If
    End Sub
    Protected Sub OnSelectedIndexChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
        Dim pName As String = GridView1.SelectedRow.Cells(1).Text
        msg.Text = (Convert.ToString("<b>Publisher Name  &nbsp;:&nbsp;&nbsp;   ") & pName) + "</b>"
    End Sub
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