WPF Data Grid - Scrollbar Annotations (Coming soon in v16.1)

Thinking Out Loud
18 May 2016

Inspired by Visual Studio, our WPF Grid Control now offers a annotation support within its vertical scrollbar. Though this new feature may not be something you'll use across all your WPF apps, I think you'll find there are situations where it can be extremely useful - especially when you must efficiently (maximize use of screen real-estate) communicate extended information with end-users when your grid contains thousands of rows. 

Scrollbar Annotations can be used in a variety of ways, and as you can see in the screenshot below, they can display:

  • Validation Errors
  • Focus/Selection ranges
  • Search matches
  • Custom data/information

WPF Data Grid - Scrollbar Annotations

For example, note the dark blue annotation used for Selected Rows - when the user scrolls past the selected record range, the scrollbar communicates the position of the selected rows so they can return to the appropriate position quickly.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this new WPF Grid feature and whether it's something you are likely to use in your next WPF project.

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