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How to format the entire grid to look like Microsoft's flat style in WinForms GridControl?

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Format the entire grid

In an XP system, you can get a flat XP look by setting grid.ThemesEnabled as true. You can get Microsoft’s flat style by setting certain properties to flatten the different parts of the WinForms GridControl.

Refer to the following code examples.


//set grid borderstyle
this.gridDataBoundGrid1.BorderStyle = BorderStyle.FixedSingle;
//make headers be static cells to avoid raised drawing
this.gridDataBoundGrid1.BaseStylesMap["Header"].StyleInfo.CellType = "Static";
this.gridDataBoundGrid1.BaseStylesMap["Column Header"].StyleInfo.CellType = "Static";
this.gridDataBoundGrid1.BaseStylesMap["Row Header"].StyleInfo.CellType = "Static";
//set the header borders to draw
GridStyleInfo style = new GridStyleInfo(); 
GridBorder gb = new GridBorder(GridBorderStyle.Solid, SystemColors.ControlDark);
style.Borders.Bottom = gb;
style.Borders.Right = gb;
this.gridDataBoundGrid1.BaseStylesMap["Header"].StyleInfo.ModifyStyle(style,  Syncfusion.Styles.StyleModifyType.Override);
this.gridDataBoundGrid1.BaseStylesMap["Column Header"].StyleInfo.ModifyStyle(style, Syncfusion.Styles.StyleModifyType.Override);
this.gridDataBoundGrid1.BaseStylesMap["Row Header"].StyleInfo.ModifyStyle(style, Syncfusion.Styles.StyleModifyType.Override);
//set the borders for all non header cells...this.gridDataBoundGrid1.Model.Options.DefaultGridBorderStyle = GridBorderStyle.Solid;



Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
    'set grid borderstyle
    Me.gridDataBoundGrid1.BorderStyle = BorderStyle.FixedSingle
    'make headers be static cells to avoid raised drawing
    Me.gridDataBoundGrid1.BaseStylesMap("Header").StyleInfo.CellType = "Static"
    Me.gridDataBoundGrid1.BaseStylesMap("Column Header").StyleInfo.CellType = "Static"
    Me.gridDataBoundGrid1.BaseStylesMap("Row Header").StyleInfo.CellType = "Static"
    'set the header borders to draw
    Dim style As New GridStyleInfo()
    Dim gb As New GridBorder(GridBorderStyle.Solid, SystemColors.ControlDark)
    style.Borders.Bottom = gb
    style.Borders.Right = gb
    Me.gridDataBoundGrid1.BaseStylesMap("Header").StyleInfo.ModifyStyle(style, Syncfusion.Styles.StyleModifyType.Override)
    Me.gridDataBoundGrid1.BaseStylesMap("Column Header").StyleInfo.ModifyStyle(style, Syncfusion.Styles.StyleModifyType.Override)
    Me.gridDataBoundGrid1.BaseStylesMap("Row Header").StyleInfo.ModifyStyle(style, Syncfusion.Styles.StyleModifyType.Override)
    'set the borders for all non header cells...
    Me.gridDataBoundGrid1.Model.Options.DefaultGridBorderStyle = GridBorderStyle.Solid
End Sub



C#: Microsoft Flat Style CS

VB: Microsoft Flat Style VB


I hope you enjoyed learning about how to format the entire grid to look like Microsoft's flat style in WinForms GridControl.

You can refer to our  WinForms GridControl’s feature tour page to know about its other groundbreaking feature representations. You can also explore our   WinForms GridControl documentation to understand how to present and manipulate data.

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