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Hi,

I have a bound datagrid. I need to be able to select a row by clicking any of the cells and have it fire of the SelectedIndexChanged event.

How can I do this?

So far, all I've found is that I need a button column (Select), but that means I have to click that specific cell to trigger of an event.

Thanks
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by:culshaja
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I don't think that there is a way as such. You could use a repeater control or a datalist and wrap everything in a row in a span or div tag and assign a javascript onclick event to it.

James :-)
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by:culshaja
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Hmm,

Having just read the last bit of your question relating to capturing which cell was clicked, intead of using autogenrated columns in your DataGRid you could use template columns, and you could make very column contain a link button rather than a textbox. You can the capture exactly which link button was clicked (an therefor which cell) in the ItemCommand event of the datagrid.

James :-)
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by:culshaja
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Example code for a tenmplate column with a LinkButton:

<asp:TemplateColumn>
                                                            <ItemTemplate>
                                                                  <asp:LinkButton id="lbView" runat="server" CommandArgument="V">View</asp:LinkButton>
                                                            </ItemTemplate>
                                                            <FooterTemplate>
                                                                  <asp:Button id="cmdAddApplication" runat="server" Text="Add" CommandArgument="A"></asp:Button>
                                                            </FooterTemplate>
                                                      </asp:TemplateColumn>

You can then set the CommandArgument or the CommandValue to be the column that the button is in so you can work out which column was clicked in. The get the row you just use e.item.itemindex in the ItemCommand event of the datagrid (e is an event parameter). e.Item is the actual linkbutton that was clicked.

James :-)
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by:adathelad
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But then all the data will be links and you have to click the actual text rather than anywhere in the cell.

Ok, I'm going down the route of having an extra column "select" at the end of each row which allows me to select a row.
This is fine, and highlights the selected row in Yellow.

What want to do now is to be able to unselect a row once it's been selected (i.e. revert it back to a white background). Is this possible? Ideally I don't want another new column "Unselect"....I just want to use the one "Select" column to select/deselect a row.

Thanks for your help.
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by:culshaja
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Why not just add a checkbox to the row, and then if they click the checkbox it is selected. You can set autopostback to true on the checkbox to allow you to change the row colour.

James :-)
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by:adathelad
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I'd rather not use a checkbox.....and I only want one row to be selected at a time.

I really need an ONCLICK event for the row, that would be ideal.

I know I can set the CommandName property and catch that in the ItemCommand event. Is it possible to do something like:

Select Case e.CommandName
     Case "select" Then
          '-- Code here to highlight the row + other stuff
          SET THE COMMAND NAME OF THE LINK BUTTON TO "unselect"

     Case "unselect"
          '-- Code here to unhighlight the row + other stuff
          SET THE COMMAND NAME OF THE LINK BUTTON TO "select"
End Select
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culshaja earned 125 total points
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Yes,

you can do that by using the FindControl method on e.Item. You pass in the control name and cast it to a linkbitton and you can then change any of the properties on that control that are not read-only.

James :-)
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by:adathelad
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I've found I can do it:

If e.CommandName.ToLower = "select" Then
     CType(e.CommandSource, LinkButton).CommandName = "unselect"
Else
     CType(e.CommandSource, LinkButton).CommandName = "select"
End If
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by:culshaja
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Cool,

never knew about CommandSource. That'll save some coding.

James :-)
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by:adathelad
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This is what I ended up with and is now working:

If e.CommandName.ToLower = "select" Then
     CType(e.CommandSource, LinkButton).CommandName = "unselect"
     
     If Not (CType(source, DataGrid).SelectedItem) Is Nothing Then
          '-- There is already a row selected.
          '-- Unhighlight it
          CType(source, DataGrid).SelectedItem.BackColor = Color.White
          '-- Reset that row's link button action to "select"
          CType(CType(source, DataGrid).SelectedItem.Cells(15).Controls(0), LinkButton).CommandName = "select"
     End If

     '-- SELECTEDINDEXCHANGED event then fires
     '-- This event handler then highlights the new selected row
Else
     '-- Unhighlight selected row
     CType(e.CommandSource, LinkButton).CommandName = "select"
     CType(source, DataGrid).SelectedItem.BackColor = Color.White
End If
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by:adathelad
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Thanks for your help. You moved me onto the right track so the points are yours
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