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asked on datagrid - How to set a background image for a cell

Hi there,

I am using and I am trying to add a background image to a datagrid cell.
This is either impossible or I have missed something very simple.
Hopefully somebody here can point me in the right direction.

The code below just sets the background colour depending on a value.

What I really want to be able to do is

.Columns(0).DefaultCellStyle.BackImage = MyImage.

Has any one done this ? Can you point me in the right direction.

I can only use for the solution.


DataGrid1.DataSource = MyCalendarTable

        With DataGrid1
            .AutoSizeColumnsMode = DataGridViewAutoSizeColumnsMode.Fill
            .RowHeadersVisible = False

            If MyDay1 = "Sun" Then
                .Columns(0).DefaultCellStyle.BackColor = Color.Gainsboro
            End If

            If MyDay2 = "Sun" Then
                .Columns(1).DefaultCellStyle.BackColor = Color.Gainsboro
            End If

            If MyDay3 = "Sun" Then
                .Columns(2).DefaultCellStyle.BackColor = Color.Gainsboro
            End If

            If MyDay4 = "Sun" Then
                .Columns(3).DefaultCellStyle.BackColor = Color.Gainsboro
            End If

            If MyDay5 = "Sun" Then
                .Columns(4).DefaultCellStyle.BackColor = Color.Gainsboro
            End If

            If MyDay6 = "Sun" Then
                .Columns(5).DefaultCellStyle.BackColor = Color.Gainsboro
            End If

            If MyDay7 = "Sun" Then
                .Columns(6).DefaultCellStyle.BackColor = Color.Gainsboro
            End If

            .Columns(3).DefaultCellStyle.BackColor = Color.LightCyan
        End With

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I've never tried this, but I'd use template fields in the datagrid, and then drop <div>'s with background images into the <div>'s...
Your DataGridView column has to be of type DataGridViewImageColumn.
Then you can just assign an image as a value of a cell.
So assuming your first column is of type DataGridViewImageColumn, we can write the following code:

'Image from resources
dataGridView1.Rows(0).Cells(0).Value = My.Resources.Warning

'Image from resources
dataGridView1.Rows(0).Cells(0).Value = new Bitmap("c:\img.png")

and so on.

Hope this helps
you can do it like following

 Dim imgColumn1 As New DataGridViewImageColumn(False)
      imgColumn1.Name = "NewImageColumn"
      imgColumn1.ValuesAreIcons = False
      imgColumn1.ImageLayout = DataGridViewImageCellLayout.Stretch
      imgColumn1.Resizable = DataGridViewTriState.False
      imgColumn1.Width = 65
      objfrm.dgvview.Columns.Insert(0, imgColumn1)
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Thanks for the reply.

I'm using so I can't use div tags as this is for the web.

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BKLMNSH, trideep

Thanks for the reply.

I'll have a look at your suggestions but I am not sure it will do what I want.

To explain:

I want to put a background image behind a cell.
I then want to put text over the image.

The idea being:

If Myvar = 1 then
  code to use background image 1
  code to use default background image
end if

The text has to be able to go over the top of the image.

I hope that is now clearer

Thanks for your speedy replies

I think you can not write anything on image column

either you have to make image with text or you have to use backcolor insted of image in datagridview cell
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Thanks for the reply.

I see what your saying, I was just trying to work out if a dg grid cell could have a background image.

I can change the colour of a cell and I can add an image column, I just can't see how to give a dg cell a backgorund image.

I was even trying to add a picture box column and then try and add a lable on top.

Can't seem to get it working though.

Thanks Paul
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Thanks for that.

I will have a look through all of them and try to see if I can get them working on my project.

I'll let you know how I get on.