Tips & Tricks - WinForms Data Grid Custom Footer Checkbox

27 April 2017
Came across a great question/request on the DevExpress Support Forum and wanted to share it with those of you using our WinForms Data Grid.

To summarize, Jude wanted to position a checkbox with the Grid's footer. Though I've never personally considered using the footer for record select operations, it's definitely an option.... 
As you'll discover when reading the support ticket, this capability is not available out-of-the-box BUT it's easy to implement with just a bit of custom draw.

New Feature?

My question to  all of you is whether we should incorporate this capability within the grid - do you see yourself using the footer in this manner or do you feel the footer should remain dedicated to summary computations.   
4 comment(s)
Justin McGuirk

I don't think I would use this specific example, but I would like to encourage the team to highlight more support examples like this.

27 April, 2017
Mark Bissett 2

I'd say no - much better to have it on the column and group headers...

28 April, 2017
Bilal Harb

Visually I prefer to have such options in the header and not in the footer.

Plus, I believe users are more used to see such options in the header and expect summaries in the footer.

At least that's how most of my clients prefer my applications.

Regardless of that, implementing it as a standard feature won't be a bad idea especially if other types of controls can be integrated in the footer such as lookupedits or text edits.

28 April, 2017

-1 for me. It's not the UI pattern we expect.

28 April, 2017

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