How to highlight a specific row in the DataGrid control 6.0

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This article describes how to programmatically highlight a specific row in the DataGrid control (6.0).

The same procedure can be applied in Visual Basic 5.0 using the DBGrid Control 5.0.


In order to highlight a specific row in the DataGrid you need to specify the bookmark of the target record within the recordset of your data source. You need to add this bookmark to the collection of bookmarks.

Each bookmark previously appended to the collection shows in the range of selected rows on your DataGrid control. You need to explicitly remove these rows from the collection before appending the bookmark for the record you wish to highlight.

The following Visual Basic 6.0 sample code demonstrates the process of searching for a record and then highlighting the hit within your grid:
  1. Start a new Standard EXE project in Visual Basic. Form1 is created by default.
  2. Select Components on the Project menu. Select "Microsoft DataGrid Control 6.0 (OLE DB)." Select Project References and add "Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects 2.x Library."
  3. Add a CommandButton to your form; the default is Command1. Add a DataGrid control to your form; the default is DataGrid1.
  4. Place the following code in the General Declaration section of Form1:
          Option Explicit
          Dim cn As New ADODB.Connection
          Dim rs As New ADODB.Recordset
          Dim cmd As New ADODB.Command
          Dim i As Integer
          Dim FindLastName As String
          Private Sub Command1_Click()
             ' Remove previously saved bookmark from collection
             If (DataGrid1.SelBookmarks.Count <> 0) Then
                DataGrid1.SelBookmarks.Remove 0
             End If
             ' Prompt user for desired author's last name
             FindLastName = InputBox("Please enter the author's last name you
                                      want to search for", "Find")
             rs.Find "au_lname = '" & FindLastName & "'", , , 1
             ' Append your bookmark to the collection of selected rows
             DataGrid1.SelBookmarks.Add rs.Bookmark
          End Sub
          Private Sub Form_Load()
             ' Open your ADO connection where "Pubs" is an ODBC DSN that
             ' points to pubs database in SQL Server
             cn.Open "Pubs"
             ' Create your command to query for all records in Authors table
             With cmd
                .ActiveConnection = cn
                .CommandText = "select * from authors"
             End With
             ' Open your recordset
             With rs
                ' Set rs properties
                .CursorType = adOpenKeyset
                .LockType = adLockOptimistic
                ' Call open using active command
                .Open cmd
             End With
             ' Populate the DataGrid providing rs as the data source
             Set DataGrid1.DataSource = rs
          End Sub
  5. Press the F5 key to run the application. Click the CommandButton and enter an Author's last name. Note it moves the cursor to the Author selected and highlights the entire row.


Article ID: 195472 - Last Review: August 3, 2005 - Revision: 2.1
  • Microsoft Visual Basic Enterprise Edition for Windows 6.0
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