Interactive Features in WPF DataGrid (SfDataGrid)

Column Chooser

SfDataGrid allows you to show and hide the Columns from the view at runtime via drag and drop using ColumnChooser. You can enable a column chooser in an application by creating an instance for GridColumnChooserController and assign to SfDataGrid.GridColumnDragDropController.

While dropping columns in ColumnChooser window, the particular column will be hidden by setting GridColumn.IsHidden as true.

ColumnChooser chooserWindow;

void MainWindow_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
    chooserWindow = new ColumnChooser(this.dataGrid);
    chooserWindow.Resources.MergedDictionaries.Clear();
    chooserWindow.ClearValue(ColumnChooser.StyleProperty);

    //Resources has been added to the Merged Dictionaries     
    chooserWindow.Resources.MergedDictionaries.Add(this.MainGrid.Resources.MergedDictionaries[0]);
    this.dataGrid.GridColumnDragDropController = new GridColumnChooserController(this.dataGrid, chooserWindow);

    //ColumnChooser Window will open
    chooserWindow.Show();
    chooserWindow.Owner = this;
}

Opening column chooser in wpf datagrid

Custom Column Chooser

You can create custom UI for the column chooser and you can enable this view manually like below code example. You need to maintain separate collection in ViewModel to maintain the hidden columns which will bound to custom view.

<syncfusion:ChromelessWindow >    
    <Grid>
        <Grid.RowDefinitions>
            <RowDefinition Height="*" />
            <RowDefinition Height="50" />
        </Grid.RowDefinitions>
        <ListBox x:Name="listBox"
                 Grid.Row="0"
                 Margin="0,5"
                 HorizontalAlignment="Stretch"
                 BorderThickness="0"
                 ItemContainerStyle="{StaticResource ListBoxItemStyle1}"
                 ItemsSource="{Binding ColumnCollection}">
            <ListBox.ItemTemplate>
                <StaticResource ResourceKey="MyDataTemplate" />
            </ListBox.ItemTemplate>
        </ListBox>
        <StackPanel Grid.Row="1" Margin="20,0,0,0"
                    VerticalAlignment="Stretch"
                    Background="Transparent"
                    Orientation="Horizontal">
            <Button Margin="5"
                    Click="OKButton_Click"
                    Content="OK"
                    Style="{StaticResource ButtonStyle}" />
            <Button Margin="5"
                    Content="Cancel"
                    IsCancel="True"
                    Style="{StaticResource ButtonStyle}" />
        </StackPanel>
    </Grid>
    <syncfusion:ChromelessWindow.Resources>
        <Style x:Key="FocusVisual">
            <Setter Property="Control.Template">
                <Setter.Value>
                    <ControlTemplate>
                        <Rectangle Margin="2"
                                   SnapsToDevicePixels="true"
                                   Stroke="{DynamicResource {x:Static SystemColors.ControlTextBrushKey}}"
                                   StrokeDashArray="1 2"
                                   StrokeThickness="1" />
                    </ControlTemplate>
                </Setter.Value>
            </Setter>
        </Style>
        <SolidColorBrush x:Key="Item.MouseOver.Background" Color="#1F26A0DA" />
        <SolidColorBrush x:Key="Item.MouseOver.Border" Color="#a826A0Da" />
        <SolidColorBrush x:Key="Item.SelectedInactive.Background" Color="#3DDADADA" />
        <SolidColorBrush x:Key="Item.SelectedInactive.Border" Color="#FFDADADA" />
        <SolidColorBrush x:Key="Item.SelectedActive.Background" Color="#3D26A0DA" />
        <SolidColorBrush x:Key="Item.SelectedActive.Border" Color="#FF26A0DA" />
        
        //ListBoxItem is Customized through the DataTemplate
        <Style x:Key="ListBoxItemStyle1" TargetType="ListBoxItem">
            <Setter Property="SnapsToDevicePixels" Value="True" />
            <Setter Property="Padding" Value="4,1" />
            <Setter Property="HorizontalContentAlignment" Value="{Binding HorizontalContentAlignment, RelativeSource={RelativeSource AncestorType={x:Type ItemsControl}}}" />
            <Setter Property="VerticalContentAlignment" Value="{Binding VerticalContentAlignment, RelativeSource={RelativeSource AncestorType={x:Type ItemsControl}}}" />
            <Setter Property="Background" Value="Transparent" />
            <Setter Property="BorderBrush" Value="Transparent" />
            <Setter Property="BorderThickness" Value="1" />
            <Setter Property="FocusVisualStyle" Value="{StaticResource FocusVisual}" />
                <DataTemplate x:Key="MyDataTemplate">
                    <Grid Margin="0,3,0,3">
                        <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
                            <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto" />
                            <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto" />
                        </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
                        <CheckBox Margin="0,2,0,0"
                                  HorizontalAlignment="Center"
                                  VerticalAlignment="Center"
                                  IsChecked="{Binding IsChecked,Mode=TwoWay}"
                                  Padding="2,0,0,0">
                        </CheckBox>
                        <TextBlock Grid.Column="1"
                                   HorizontalAlignment="Left"
                                   VerticalAlignment="Center"
                                   FontFamily="Segoe UI"
                                   FontSize="14"
                                   Padding="10,0,0,0"
                                   Text="{Binding Name}" />
                    </Grid>
                </DataTemplate>
                
            //Customizing the Button by using the VisualState
                <Style x:Key="ButtonStyle" TargetType="Button">
                    <Setter Property="Template">
                        <Setter.Value>
                            <ControlTemplate TargetType="Button">
                                <Grid>
                                    <VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
                                        <VisualStateGroup x:Name="CommonStates">
                                            <VisualState x:Name="Normal" />
                                            <VisualState x:Name="MouseOver" />
                                            <VisualState x:Name="Pressed">
                                                <Storyboard>
                                                    <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetName="textBlock" Storyboard.TargetProperty="(TextElement.Foreground).(SolidColorBrush.Color)">
                                                        <EasingColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0" Value="White" />
                                                    </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                                    <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetName="border" Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Panel.Background).(SolidColorBrush.Color)">
                                                        <EasingColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0" Value="#FF55C5D5" />
                                                    </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                                </Storyboard>
                                            </VisualState>
                                        <VisualState x:Name="Disabled" />
                                    </VisualStateGroup>
                                 </VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
                                <Border x:Name="border"
                                        Width="80"
                                        Height="24"
                                        Background="Gray">
                                <TextBlock x:Name="textBlock"
                                           HorizontalAlignment="Center"
                                           VerticalAlignment="Center"
                                           FontSize="14"
                                           Foreground="White"
                                           Text="{TemplateBinding Content}" />
                            </Border>
                        </Grid>
                    </ControlTemplate>
                </Setter.Value>
            </Setter>
        </Style>
    </syncfusion:ChromelessWindow.Resources>
</syncfusion:ChromelessWindow>
var visibleColumns = this.AssociatedObject.dataGrid.Columns;
ObservableCollection<ColumnChooserItems> totalColumns = GetColumnsDetails(visibleColumns);
CustomColumnChooserViewModel chooserViewModel = new CustomColumnChooserViewModel(totalColumns);
CustomColumnChooser ColumnChooserView = new CustomColumnChooser(chooserViewModel);
ColumnChooserView.Owner = Application.Current.MainWindow;
chooserWindow.Visibility = System.Windows.Visibility.Collapsed;

if ((bool)ColumnChooserView.ShowDialog())
    ClickOKButton(chooserViewModel.ColumnCollection, this.AssociatedObject.dataGrid);
viewModel.ShowColumnChooser = false;

//This will add or remove the Columns from the SfDataGrid

public void ClickOKButton(ObservableCollection<ColumnChooserItems> ColumnCollection, SfDataGrid dataGrid)
{

    foreach (var item in ColumnCollection)
    {
        var column = dataGrid.Columns.FirstOrDefault(v => v.MappingName == item.Name);

        if (column != null)
        {

            if (item.IsChecked == false && !column.IsHidden)
            column.IsHidden = true;

            else if (item.IsChecked == true && column.IsHidden == true)
            {

                if (column.Width == 0)
                    column.Width = 150;
                column.IsHidden = false;
            }
        }
    }
viewModel.ShowColumnChooser = false;
}

Customized column chooser in wpf datagrid

Appearance Customization

You can change the default appearance of the column chooser window by customizing the style of ColumnChooser. You can directly change the Title and WaterMarkText like the below code example.

ColumnChooser chooserWindow;

void MainWindow_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
    chooserWindow = new ColumnChooser(this.dataGrid);
    chooserWindow.Resources.MergedDictionaries.Clear();
    chooserWindow.ClearValue(ColumnChooser.StyleProperty);            
    chooserWindow.Resources.MergedDictionaries.Add(this.MainGrid.Resources.MergedDictionaries[0]);
    this.dataGrid.GridColumnDragDropController = new GridColumnChooserController(this.dataGrid, chooserWindow);
    chooserWindow.Title = "Columns";
    chooserWindow.WaterMarkText = "Drag the columns";
    chooserWindow.Show();
    chooserWindow.Owner = this;
}

Customized column chooser appearance in wpf datagrid