GridSplitContainer.Initialize() Method

Creates and initializes an internal GridControl, ensuring that it is ready for further customization.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraGrid

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraGrid.v20.1.dll


public void Initialize()
Public Sub Initialize


The method creates a new GridControl and places it into the current container. The GridControl.ForceInitialize method is called internally to ensure that the created Grid Control is ready for further customization that you can safely perform from code. To access the created Grid Control, use the GridSplitContainer.Grid property.

You need to use the Initialize method if you create a GridSplitContainer in code.


This example demonstrates how to create a GridSplitContainer in code, enable the Split View feature and customize the embedded Grid Controls being split.


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using DevExpress.XtraGrid;
using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Grid;
using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Columns;
using System.Collections;

namespace CreateGridSplitContainer {
    public partial class Form1 : Form {
        public Form1() {

        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) {

            IList dataSource = CreateDataSource();

            GridSplitContainer gridSplitContainer = new GridSplitContainer();
            gridSplitContainer.Parent = this;
            gridSplitContainer.Location = new Point(0, 0);
            gridSplitContainer.Size = new Size(350, 300);
            gridSplitContainer.SplitViewCreated += new EventHandler(gridSplitContainer_SplitViewCreated);

            // Customize the first grid control.
            GridControl grid = gridSplitContainer.Grid;
            GridView view = grid.MainView as GridView;
            // Specify a data source.
            grid.DataSource = dataSource;
            // Resize columns according to their values.
            // Locate a row containing a specific value.
            view.FocusedRowHandle = view.LocateByValue("Country", "UK");

            // Display a splitter and second grid control.

            // Customize the second grid control.
            GridControl secondGrid = gridSplitContainer.SplitChildGrid;
            GridView secondView = secondGrid.MainView as GridView;
            // Locate a row containing a specific value.
            secondView.FocusedRowHandle = secondView.LocateByValue("Country", "Sweden");

        private void gridSplitContainer_SplitViewCreated(object sender, EventArgs e) {
            // Display the Embedded Navigator for the second grid control 
            // in the horizontally oriented Split View.
            GridSplitContainer gsc = sender as GridSplitContainer;
            if (!gsc.Horizontal)
                gsc.SplitChildGrid.UseEmbeddedNavigator = true;

        private IList CreateDataSource() {
            List<MyRecord> list = new List<MyRecord>();
            list.Add(new MyRecord(1, "Rene Phillips", "USA"));
            list.Add(new MyRecord(2, "Robert McKinsey", "UK"));
            list.Add(new MyRecord(3, "Christina Berglund", "Sweden"));
            list.Add(new MyRecord(4, "Martín Sommer", "Spain"));
            list.Add(new MyRecord(5, "Laurence Lebihan", "France"));
            list.Add(new MyRecord(6, "Elizabeth Lincoln", "Canada"));
            list.Add(new MyRecord(7, "Steven Baum", "USA"));
            return list;


    public class MyRecord {
        public int ID { get; set; }
        public string Country { get; set; }
        public string Name { get; set; }
        public MyRecord(int id, string name, string country) {
            ID = id;
            Name = name;
            Country = country;
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