Styles in Windows Forms DataGrid (SfDataGrid)

Styling Record Cell

Appearance of the record cells can be customized by using the CellStyle property.

this.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.BackColor = Color.AliceBlue;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.TextColor = Color.DarkBlue;
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.BackColor = Color.AliceBlue
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.TextColor = Color.DarkBlue

Cell style appearance customization in windows forms datagrid

Appearance of the record cells of a particular column can be customized by using the GridColumnBase.CellStyle property.

this.sfDataGrid1.Columns["ProductName"].CellStyle.BackColor = Color.PaleTurquoise;
this.sfDataGrid1.Columns["ProductName"].CellStyle.TextColor = Color.DarkRed;
Me.sfDataGrid1.Columns("ProductName").CellStyle.BackColor = Color.PaleTurquoise
Me.sfDataGrid1.Columns("ProductName").CellStyle.TextColor = Color.DarkRed

Specific column style appearance customization in windows forms datagrid

Font orientation of the record cells can be set by using the CellStyle.Font.Orientation property.

this.sfDataGrid1.RowHeight = 80;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.Font.Orientation = 45;
Me.sfDataGrid1.RowHeight = 80
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.Font.Orientation = 45

Font orientation customization in Windows forms datagrid

The text alignment of the record cells can be changed by using CellStyle.HorizontalAlignment and CellStyle.VerticalAlignment properties respectively.

//Change alignment for the record cells.
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.HorizontalAlignment = HorizontalAlignment.Left;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.VerticalAlignment = System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles.VerticalAlignment.Top;
'Change alignment for the record cells.
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.HorizontalAlignment = HorizontalAlignment.Left
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.VerticalAlignment = System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles.VerticalAlignment.Top

Text alignment customization of record cells in windows forms datagrid

The text alignment for the record cells in a specific column can be changed by using by using GridColumnBase.CellStyle.HorizontalAlignment and GridColumnBase.CellStyle.VerticalAlignment properties.

NOTE

GridColumnBase.CellStyle has higher priority than SfDataGrid.Style.CellStyle.

Styling Column Header

Appearance of the column headers can be customized by using the HeaderStyle property.
For more details, refer to Appearance in Header Row section.

Styling Stacked Header

Appearance of the stacked headers can be customized by the StackedHeaderStyle property.
For more details, refer to Appearance in Stacked Headers section.

Styling CaptionSummary

Appearance of the caption summary can be customized by using the CaptionSummaryRowStyle property.
For more details, refer to Appearance in Caption Summary section.

Styling GroupSummary

Appearance of the group summary can be customized by using the GroupSummaryRowStyle property.
For more details, refer to Appearance in Group Summary section.

Styling TableSummary

Appearance of the table summary can be customized by using the TableSummaryRowStyle property.
For more details, refer to Appearance in Table Summary section.

Gradient Background Style

SfDataGrid helps to provide gradient background appearance for the cells by using Interior property which is available in the StyleInfo properties of all the elements in the SfDataGrid.

The gradient background can be achieved by initializing the Interior property using BrushInfo object with GradientStyle and the necessary colors.

In the below example, gradient background is applied for the header cells and the record cells by providing the GradientStyle as Horizontal and the gradient start and end colors.

this.sfDataGrid1.Columns["OrderDate"].HeaderStyle.Interior = new Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(GradientStyle.Horizontal, ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#5aff8d"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#12cb74"));
this.sfDataGrid1.Columns["Quantity"].HeaderStyle.Interior = new Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(GradientStyle.Horizontal, ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#FFDF80"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#FFA925"));
this.sfDataGrid1.Columns["UnitPrice"].HeaderStyle.Interior = new Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(GradientStyle.Horizontal, ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#f77891"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#ff5862"));

this.sfDataGrid1.Columns["OrderDate"].CellStyle.Interior = new Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(GradientStyle.Horizontal, ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#5aff8d"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#12cb74"));
this.sfDataGrid1.Columns["Quantity"].CellStyle.Interior = new Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(GradientStyle.Horizontal, ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#FFDF80"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#FFA925"));
this.sfDataGrid1.Columns["UnitPrice"].CellStyle.Interior = new Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(GradientStyle.Horizontal, ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#f77891"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#ff5862"));
Me.sfDataGrid1.Columns("OrderDate").HeaderStyle.Interior = New Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(GradientStyle.Horizontal, ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#5aff8d"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#12cb74"))
Me.sfDataGrid1.Columns("Quantity").HeaderStyle.Interior = New Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(GradientStyle.Horizontal, ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#FFDF80"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#FFA925"))
Me.sfDataGrid1.Columns("UnitPrice").HeaderStyle.Interior = New Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(GradientStyle.Horizontal, ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#f77891"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#ff5862"))

Me.sfDataGrid1.Columns("OrderDate").CellStyle.Interior = New Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(GradientStyle.Horizontal, ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#5aff8d"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#12cb74"))
Me.sfDataGrid1.Columns("Quantity").CellStyle.Interior = New Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(GradientStyle.Horizontal, ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#FFDF80"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#FFA925"))
Me.sfDataGrid1.Columns("UnitPrice").CellStyle.Interior = New Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(GradientStyle.Horizontal, ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#f77891"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#ff5862"))

Gradient style in windows forms datagrid

In the below example, gradient background is applied for the record cells by providing multiple gradient colors using BrushInfoColorList.

this.sfDataGrid1.Columns["OrderID"].CellStyle.Interior = new Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(GradientStyle.Horizontal, 
new Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfoColorList(new Color[] { ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#FFDF80"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#FFA925"),
ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#ff5862"),ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#f77891")}));
Me.sfDataGrid1.Columns("OrderID").CellStyle.Interior = New Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(GradientStyle.Horizontal, New Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfoColorList(New Color() { ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#FFDF80"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#FFA925"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#ff5862"),ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#f77891")}))

Gradient style using BrushInfoColorList in windows forms datagrid

Pattern Background Style

SfDataGrid helps to provide background pattern for the cells by using Interior property which is available in the StyleInfo properties of all the elements in the SfDataGrid.

The background pattern can be achieved by initializing the Interior property using BrushInfo object with PatternStyle and the necessary colors.

In the below example, background pattern is applied for the header cells by providing the PatternStyle as SmallGrid and the fore color and back color for the pattern.

this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HeaderStyle.Interior = new Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(PatternStyle.SmallGrid, ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#5aff8d"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#12cb74"));
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HeaderStyle.Interior = New Syncfusion.WinForms.Core.BrushInfo(PatternStyle.SmallGrid, ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#5aff8d"), ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#12cb74"))

Pattern style in windows forms datagrid

Styling UnboundRows

Appearance of the unbound rows can be customized by using the UnboundRowStyle property.
For more details, refer to Appearance in Unbound Rows section.

Styling AddNewRow

Appearance of the AddNewRow can be customized by using the AddNewRowStyle property.
For more details, refer to Appearance in AddNewRow section.

Styling RowHeader

Appearance of a row header can be customized by using the RowHeaderStyle property.
For more details, refer to Appearance in Row Header section.

Styling FilterRow

Appearance of a filter row can be customized by using the FilterRowStyle property.
For more details, refer to Appearance in Filter Row section.

Styling Scrollbars

Appearance of the vertical scrollbar can be customized by using the VerticalScrollBar property.

//Sets the back color of the vertical scrollbar arrow button.
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ArrowButtonBackColor = Color.Gray;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ArrowButtonHoverBackColor = Color.White;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ArrowButtonPressedBackColor = Color.Blue;

//Sets the fore color of the vertical scrollbar arrow button.
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ArrowButtonForeColor = Color.Black;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ArrowButtonHoverForeColor = Color.Black;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ArrowButtonPressedForeColor = Color.Gray;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ArrowButtonBorderColor = Color.Black;

// Sets the style properties of the thumb.
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ThumbColor = Color.Gray;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ThumbHoverColor = Color.Black;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ThumbPressedColor = Color.Blue;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ThumbBorderColor = Color.Black;

// Sets the back color of the vertical scrollbar.
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ScrollBarBackColor = Color.LightGray;
'Sets the back color of the vertical scrollbar arrow button.
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ArrowButtonBackColor = Color.Gray
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ArrowButtonHoverBackColor = Color.White
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ArrowButtonPressedBackColor = Color.Blue

'Sets the fore color of the vertical scrollbar arrow button.
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ArrowButtonForeColor = Color.Black
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ArrowButtonHoverForeColor = Color.Black
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ArrowButtonPressedForeColor = Color.Gray
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ArrowButtonBorderColor = Color.Black

' Sets the style properties of the thumb.
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ThumbColor = Color.Gray
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ThumbHoverColor = Color.Black
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ThumbPressedColor = Color.Blue
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ThumbBorderColor = Color.Black

' Sets the back color of the vertical scrollbar.
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.VerticalScrollBar.ScrollBarBackColor = Color.LightGray

Appearance of the horizontal scrollbar can be customized by using the HorizontalScrollBar property.

//Sets the back color of the horizontal scrollbar arrow button.
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ArrowButtonBackColor = Color.Gray;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ArrowButtonHoverBackColor = Color.White;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ArrowButtonPressedBackColor = Color.Blue;

//Sets the fore color of the horizontal scrollbar arrow button.
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ArrowButtonForeColor = Color.Black;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ArrowButtonHoverForeColor = Color.Black;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ArrowButtonPressedForeColor = Color.Gray;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ArrowButtonBorderColor = Color.Black;

// Sets the style properties of the thumb.
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ThumbColor = Color.Gray;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ThumbHoverColor = Color.Black;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ThumbPressedColor = Color.Blue;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ThumbBorderColor = Color.Black;

// Sets the back color of the horizontal scrollbar.
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ScrollBarBackColor = Color.LightGray;
'Sets the back color of the horizontal scrollbar arrow button.
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ArrowButtonBackColor = Color.Gray
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ArrowButtonHoverBackColor = Color.White
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ArrowButtonPressedBackColor = Color.Blue

'Sets the fore color of the horizontal scrollbar arrow button.
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ArrowButtonForeColor = Color.Black
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ArrowButtonHoverForeColor = Color.Black
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ArrowButtonPressedForeColor = Color.Gray
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ArrowButtonBorderColor = Color.Black

' Sets the style properties of the thumb.
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ThumbColor = Color.Gray
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ThumbHoverColor = Color.Black
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ThumbPressedColor = Color.Blue
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ThumbBorderColor = Color.Black

' Sets the back color of the horizontal scrollbar.
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HorizontalScrollBar.ScrollBarBackColor = Color.LightGray

Scrollbar appearance customization in windows forms datagrid

Styling GroupDropArea

Appearance of the GroupDropArea can be customized by using the GroupDropAreaStyle property.
For more details, refer to Customizing GroupDropArea Appearance in Grouping section.

Styling GroupDropAreaItem

Appearance of the GroupDropAreaItem can be customized by using the GroupDropAreaItemStyle property.
For more details, refer to Customizing GroupDropAreaItem Appearance in Grouping section.

Styling Frozen Rows and Columns

Appearance of the frozen rows and columns can be customized by using the FreezePaneLineStyle property.
For more details, refer to Appearance in Freeze Panes section.

Selection

Appearance of the selected rows and current cell can be customized by using the SelectionStyle property.
For more details, refer to Appearance in Selection section.

Changing the Color and Thickness of the Gridlines

Color and thickness of the grid lines can be changed by using the Borders property.

this.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.Borders.All = new GridBorder(Color.DarkBlue, GridBorderWeight.ExtraThick);
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HeaderStyle.Borders.All = new GridBorder(Color.DarkBlue, GridBorderWeight.ExtraThick);
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.Borders.All = New GridBorder(Color.DarkBlue, GridBorderWeight.ExtraThick)
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HeaderStyle.Borders.All = New GridBorder(Color.DarkBlue, GridBorderWeight.ExtraThick)

Border customization in windows forms datagrid

Changing the style of gridlines

The styles for the cell borders can be changed by initializing GridBorderStyle in the Borders property.

this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HeaderStyle.Borders.All = new GridBorder(GridBorderStyle.Dotted, Color.Blue, GridBorderWeight.Thin);
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.Borders.All = new GridBorder(GridBorderStyle.Dotted, Color.Blue, GridBorderWeight.Thin);
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HeaderStyle.Borders.All = New GridBorder(GridBorderStyle.Dotted, Color.Blue, GridBorderWeight.Thin)
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.Borders.All = New GridBorder(GridBorderStyle.Dotted, Color.Blue, GridBorderWeight.Thin)

Cell Border customization in windows forms datagrid

Disable the gridlines

The cell borders can be disabled by setting GridBorderStyle to GridBorderStyle.None in the Borders property.

this.sfDataGrid1.Style.HeaderStyle.Borders.All = new GridBorder(GridBorderStyle.None);
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.Borders.All = new GridBorder(GridBorderStyle.None);
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.HeaderStyle.Borders.All = New GridBorder(GridBorderStyle.None)
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.CellStyle.Borders.All = New GridBorder(GridBorderStyle.None)

Cell Border customization in windows forms datagrid

Changing the grid border Color

The grid border color can be changed by using the Style.BorderColor property

this.sfDataGrid1.Style.BorderStyle = BorderStyle.FixedSingle;
this.sfDataGrid1.Style.BorderColor = Color.Red;
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.BorderStyle = BorderStyle.FixedSingle
Me.sfDataGrid1.Style.BorderColor = Color.Red

Changing the grid border Color

Showing busy indicator for the data operations

Indication of the data operation performed on the SfDataGrid can be showed with the help of BusyIndicator by setting the ShowBusyIndicator property to true. This will display an animated busy indicator image while performing the data operations such as loading large data, sorting, grouping, and filtering.

// To display the busy indicator in the SfDataGrid for the data operations.
this.sfDataGrid1.ShowBusyIndicator = true;
' To display the busy indicator in the SfDataGrid for the data operations.
Me.sfDataGrid1.ShowBusyIndicator = True

Windows form datagrid showing busy indicator

Changing the busy indicator image

The busy indicator image can be changed by using the SfDataGrid.Style.BusyIndicatorImage property. The image should be in GIF file format.

sfDataGrid1.Style.BusyIndicatorImage = Image.FromFile(@"../../BusyIndicator.gif");
sfDataGrid1.Style.BusyIndicatorImage = Image.FromFile("../../BusyIndicator.gif")

Windows form datagrid showing custom busy indicator image

See also

How to apply alternate backcolor for the rows in both parent and child grid in WinForms DataGrid (SfDataGrid)

How to change the outermost border color of the WinForms DataGrid (SfDataGrid)