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Language: .NET
Expertise: Beginner
Oct 29, 2009

The Best Way to Hide a Column in a DataGrid

Typically, developers hide a DataGrid column by getting the index of the column to be hidden, and then hiding it in the ItemCreated event as follows:

e.Item.Cells[myColumnIndex].Visible = false;

That works, but it forces the runtime to first create the cells and then hide them. A better approach is to not create them at all.

To avoid the unneeded column creation, bind each column that needs to be visible to the DataGrid manually (instead of auto-generating the columns). Add each column as a bound column and set its DataField property.

Srinath MS
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