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Custom Preview Text

Expanded Online Video

Learn how to customize the content and size of row preview sections using dedicated events.

Expanded Custom Preview Text

Grid Control provides a preview feature and this allows each row to display a preview section. The preview section is a suitable place to display memo fields or custom data for each record. The Preview Overview document provides basic information about preview sections.

This topic describes how to customize a preview section at runtime in detail.

Initially, the text displayed within a preview is extracted from the database field, but you can also customize the text by handling the GridView.CalcPreviewText event. Use the event's CalcPreviewTextEventArgs.PreviewText parameter to specify the preview text. The following code displays the name and address in the preview section. The ColumnView.GetRowCellValue method is used to obtain current cell data and insert it into the preview.

Expanded Custom Painting Preview Sections

It is also possible to custom paint preview sections by handling the GridView.CustomDrawRowPreview event. When using this event you have additional capabilities for customizing preview sections (draw the graphics and text in any position). However, note that the results of custom painting cannot be printed out or exported.

Expanded Example

The example shows how you can customize the View's preview section via the GridView.CustomDrawRowPreview event. In the example, we draw an image from the "Photo" column to the left of the text itself. The static FromByteArray function allows you to convert an array of bytes returned by a cell to an System.Drawing.Image object.

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