How to: Customize the Standard Column Header Menu

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The following sample code handles the GridView.PopupMenuShowing event to customize the column header context menu before it is displayed. The code clears default menu items and adds a new command that locks a clicked column's position.


using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Menu;
using DevExpress.Utils.Menu;
using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Columns; 
using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Grid;
// ...
private void bandedGridView1_PopupMenuShowing(object sender, PopupMenuShowingEventArgs e) {
    if(e.MenuType == GridMenuType.Column) {
        GridViewColumnMenu menu = e.Menu as GridViewColumnMenu;
        if(menu.Column != null) {
            menu.Items.Add(CreateCheckItem("Lock this column", menu.Column, null));

// Creates a menu item.
DXMenuCheckItem CreateCheckItem(string caption, GridColumn column, Image image) {
    DXMenuCheckItem item = new DXMenuCheckItem(caption, 
      !column.OptionsColumn.AllowMove, image, new EventHandler(OnCanMoveItemClick));
    item.Tag = new MenuColumnInfo(column);
    return item;

// Menu item click handler.
void OnCanMoveItemClick(object sender, EventArgs e) {
    DXMenuCheckItem item = sender as DXMenuCheckItem;
    MenuColumnInfo info = item.Tag as MenuColumnInfo;
    if(info == null) return;
    info.Column.OptionsColumn.AllowMove = !item.Checked;

class MenuColumnInfo {
    public MenuColumnInfo(GridColumn column) {
        this.Column = column;               
    public GridColumn Column;