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C# Gridview - dynamically show or hide a column

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Last Modified: 2013-12-17
I am developing a website application using Visual Studio 2005, .NET 2.0, and c#.

I have a gridview using a SQLDataSOurce. There are 2 columns always visible in the gridview. One column is an ItemTemplate that, through an AJAX control,  allows users to only enter numbers (the quantity of a particular item the user wants to order), the second column shows a short description of the item. I would like to have a third column in the gridview that the user could show or hide by clicking a button. The third column is an extended description of the item that I only want to show if the user needs more information on the item and then hide the column when not needed.

Thanks for any and all help.
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inside the OnClick event for the button try:
GridView1.Columns[2].Visible = true;
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