How to validate DataGridView cell value

06 Mar

Every now and then cell values of DataGridView have to be validated. We could use CellValidating and CellEndEdit events to accomplish this. Here is a simple example to check if user input is empty or incorrect format:

private void MyDataGridView_CellValidating(object sender, DataGridViewCellValidatingEventArgs e)
    string columnName = this.MyDataGridView.Columns[e.ColumnIndex].Name;

    // Check for the column to validate
    if (columnName.Equals("MyColumn"))
        // Check if the input is empty
        if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(e.FormattedValue.ToString()))
            this.MyDataGridView.Rows[e.RowIndex].ErrorText = "MyColumn could not be empty.";
            e.Cancel = true;
            // Check if the input format is correct
            Regex datePattern = new Regex("((19|20)[0-9]{2}[/](0[1-9]|1[012])[/](0[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01]))");
            if (!datePattern.IsMatch(e.FormattedValue.ToString()))
                this.MyDataGridView.Rows[e.RowIndex].ErrorText = "Format incorrect: \"yyyy/MM/dd\"";
                e.Cancel = true;

private void MyDataGridView_CellEndEdit(object sender, DataGridViewCellEventArgs e)
    this.MyDataGridView.Rows[e.RowIndex].ErrorText = string.Empty;

See the thorough explanation from Walkthrough: Validating Data in the Windows Forms DataGridView Control.

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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in .NET, C#


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