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My problem is that DataGridViewComboBoxColumn becomes very slow when populated with a lot of items (more than 1000). Is it possible to fill DataGridViewComboBoxColumn with data partially? I mean (that was functionality fully working in Access), when you click DataGridViewComboBoxColumn, some items are displayed (lets say, 100 items). When you scroll down to the latest item, others are loaded (another 100) and so on. I don't see any other option to make DataGridViewComboBoxColumn working faster? Problem is, how to implement this? Has anyone meet that problem before?
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Hi,
Yes definitely you can load combo box options on combo scroll event. But for this you have to bind / add options to combo from client side.
here are some references:

http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/VBASPNETInfiniteLoading-10c3f379
http://ajaxian.com/archives/endless-pageless-keep-scrolling-for-more-content
http://www.codeproject.com/KB/ajax/AjaxScrollingPagination.aspx

But further, I will suggest you auto-complete functionality for your scenario.

You can achieve this through jquery

see:
http://docs.jquery.com/Plugins/autocomplete

and also from ajax toolkit.
see:
http://www.asp.net/ajaxlibrary/AjaxControlToolkitSampleSite/autocomplete/autocomplete.aspx



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by:AntonioRodrigo
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As I can see, this is valid for ASP.NET. I am using Windows forms - sorry, I've forgot to mention that.
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Note that Dgv ComboBox Column fills each time you enter on Edit Mode.

If you asociate this with a Column on a DataTable, then it needs go over DataView and Get Column Values.

When you End Edit this column, DataView is disposed and control cleared.
DataView takes time to build.

You can create a new DataView and use it as datasource to Column.
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The solution exists - I've used example from Microsoft web site and change it a little bit. Now, my combo box is a part of DataGridView. But - I must not set autocomplete option. This autocomplete is slowing down whole control.
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