DataGridView - unable to change column widths in Design Mode or Runtime

Hi Experts,

I have a DataGridView control for which I am unable to change column widths - either in Design Mode or Runtime.

Here are it's Properties:

        '
        'dgvLayeredSystem
        '
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.AllowUserToAddRows = False
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.AllowUserToDeleteRows = False
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.AutoGenerateColumns = False
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.AutoSizeColumnsMode = System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewAutoSizeColumnsMode.AllCells
        DataGridViewCellStyle1.Alignment = System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewContentAlignment.MiddleLeft
        DataGridViewCellStyle1.BackColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.Control
        DataGridViewCellStyle1.Font = New System.Drawing.Font("Microsoft Sans Serif", 8.25!, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Regular, System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, CType(0, Byte))
        DataGridViewCellStyle1.ForeColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.WindowText
        DataGridViewCellStyle1.SelectionBackColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.Highlight
        DataGridViewCellStyle1.SelectionForeColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.HighlightText
        DataGridViewCellStyle1.WrapMode = System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewTriState.[True]
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.ColumnHeadersDefaultCellStyle = DataGridViewCellStyle1
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.ColumnHeadersHeightSizeMode = System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewColumnHeadersHeightSizeMode.AutoSize
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.Columns.AddRange(New System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewColumn() {Me.LayeredSystemIDDataGridViewTextBoxColumn, Me.LayeredSystemTitleDataGridViewTextBoxColumn})
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.DataSource = Me.LayeredSystemsBindingSource
        DataGridViewCellStyle2.Alignment = System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewContentAlignment.MiddleLeft
        DataGridViewCellStyle2.BackColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.Window
        DataGridViewCellStyle2.Font = New System.Drawing.Font("Microsoft Sans Serif", 8.25!, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Regular, System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, CType(0, Byte))
        DataGridViewCellStyle2.ForeColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.ControlText
        DataGridViewCellStyle2.SelectionBackColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.Highlight
        DataGridViewCellStyle2.SelectionForeColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.HighlightText
        DataGridViewCellStyle2.WrapMode = System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewTriState.[False]
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.DefaultCellStyle = DataGridViewCellStyle2
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Fill
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(0, 0)
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.Name = "dgvLayeredSystem"
        DataGridViewCellStyle3.Alignment = System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewContentAlignment.MiddleLeft
        DataGridViewCellStyle3.BackColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.Control
        DataGridViewCellStyle3.Font = New System.Drawing.Font("Microsoft Sans Serif", 8.25!, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Regular, System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, CType(0, Byte))
        DataGridViewCellStyle3.ForeColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.WindowText
        DataGridViewCellStyle3.SelectionBackColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.Highlight
        DataGridViewCellStyle3.SelectionForeColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.HighlightText
        DataGridViewCellStyle3.WrapMode = System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewTriState.[True]
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.RowHeadersDefaultCellStyle = DataGridViewCellStyle3
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(657, 235)
        Me.dgvLayeredSystem.TabIndex = 0

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Hope that's enough detail to sort this out?

Regards,
Leigh
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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger)PresidentCommented:
Columns cannot be adjusted by the user when you set the AutoSizeColumnsMode to AllCells. Since you are doing it at the grid level, all the columns get that value and none is adjustable. This makes sense if you think of it. There would be a contradiction between autosizing and user sizing.

What I do is use AllCells only for columns that hold some kind of fixed data where I am quite sure that the user won't need to enlarge them. Could be an ID whose number of digits will grow during the life of the application. Or a date, that can change width depending on the Control Panel settings.

For all the other columns, I set a Width that is good for most situations, leaving the AutoSizeMode to None so that the user can enlarge the columns if needed.

That works very well in most instances.
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LeighWardleAuthor Commented:
Many thanks, James.
Regards, Leigh
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