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Split Presentation

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The Split Presentation feature allows you to split the grid into two independently scrollable panes to facilitate browsing and analyzing large data portions. You can split the grid vertically and edit the last grid row in one pane, while simultaneously looking at the first grid row in another pane. The same applies to columns when the View is split horizontally.


The Master-Detail mode is not supported while the Split Presentation feature is in use.

Split Container and Accessing Grids

The Data Grid supports Split Presentation only when hosted inside a GridSplitContainer control. If you just started to build an application, you can drop this container from the Visual Studio Toolbox. Otherwise, when you already have a Data Grid on a form, invoke the Grid smart tag and click “Add split container”.

Data Grid - Split - Smarttag

When Split Presentation is active, data is shown in two separate Data Grid controls simultaneously. You can access both through the split container API.

Split Data Grid at Runtime

Enable the GridOptionsMenu.ShowSplitItem property to allow end-users to split data at runtime by right-clicking column headers and utilizing the “Split”/“Remove Split” commands.

Data Grid - Split - Menu

Enable Split Presentation Manually

To turn split presentation on and off in code, call the GridSplitContainer.ShowSplitView and GridSplitContainer.HideSplitView methods. Set the GridSplitContainer.SplitterPosition property to move a splitter.

Horizontal Split

The Data Grid splits its client area vertically by default, meaning that the secondary Data Grid is placed below the primary one. Enable the GridSplitContainer.Horizontal setting to split a Data Grid horizontally.

Data Grid - Split - Orientation

Synchronization Settings

Split containers provide a number of settings to synchronize master and child Data Grids.