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GridView.CustomDrawRowPreview Event

Enables you to paint preview sections manually.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Grid

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraGrid.v22.2.dll

NuGet Package: DevExpress.Win.Grid


public event RowObjectCustomDrawEventHandler CustomDrawRowPreview

Event Data

The CustomDrawRowPreview event's data class is RowObjectCustomDrawEventArgs. The following properties provide information specific to this event:

Property Description
Appearance Gets the painted element’s appearance settings. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
Bounds Returns a value specifying limits for the drawing area. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
Cache Provides methods to paint on drawing surfaces in GDI+ and DirectX modes. See DirectX hardware acceleration to learn more. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
Graphics A GDI+ drawing surface. Use the CustomDrawEventArgs.Cache property instead if you enable the DirectX hardware acceleration. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
Handled Gets or sets a value specifying whether an event was handled and that the default element painting is therefore not required. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
Info Gets an object containing information about the painted element. Inherited from CustomDrawObjectEventArgs.
Painter Gets the painter object that provides the default element painting mechanism. Inherited from CustomDrawObjectEventArgs.
RowHandle Gets the handle of the row whose corresponding element is being painted.

The event data class exposes the following methods:

Method Description
DefaultDraw() Performs default painting of an element. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
DrawHtml(HtmlTemplate, DxHtmlPainterContext, Action<DxHtmlPainterArgs>) Paints the required HTML template inside an element that raised this event. The context parameter allows you to assign an object that transfers mouse events to template elements. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
DrawHtml(HtmlTemplate, Action<DxHtmlPainterArgs>) Paints the required HTML template inside an element that raised this event. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.


The CustomDrawRowPreview event is raised each time a preview section needs to be repainted. The preview section’s row is identified by the event’s RowObjectCustomDrawEventArgs.RowHandle parameter.

See the Custom Painting Basics and Custom Painting Scenarios topics for information on using custom draw events.

To provide custom text for preview sections, handle the GridView.CalcPreviewText event instead of the CustomDrawRowPreview event.

The preview section’s height is specified by the GridView.PreviewLineCount property value and the GridOptionsView.AutoCalcPreviewLineCount property value. When the CustomDrawRowPreview event is raised, the preview section’s height is calculated and cannot be changed. Please refer to the Row Preview Sections topic for details.


Do not change cell values, modify the control’s layout, or change the control’s object model in the events used for custom control painting. Actions that update the layout can cause the control to malfunction.


The example demonstrates how to manually redraw the Grid preview section. You can test this sample in the Custom painting - CustomDrawRowPreview demo.

CustomDraw - RowPreview

using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Grid;
using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Base;

 private void Form3_Load1(object sender, EventArgs e) {
     CustomDrawRowPreview(gridControl1, gridView1);

 public static void CustomDrawRowPreview(GridControl gridControl, GridView gridView) {
     gridView.Columns["Notes"].Visible = false;
     gridView.PreviewFieldName = "Notes";
     gridView.PreviewLineCount = 2;
     gridView.OptionsView.ShowPreview = true;

     // Handle this event to paint row previews manually
     gridView.CustomDrawRowPreview += (s, e) => {
         if (e.RowHandle == 2) {
             GridView view = s as GridView;
             int dx = 5;
             // A rectangle for displaying text.
             Rectangle r = e.Bounds;
             r.X += e.Bounds.Height + dx * 2;
             r.Width -= (e.Bounds.Height + dx * 3);
             e.Cache.FillRectangle(Color.Coral, new Rectangle(e.Bounds.X + dx, e.Bounds.Y, e.Bounds.Height, e.Bounds.Height));
             e.Appearance.ForeColor = Color.Green;
             e.Appearance.DrawString(e.Cache, view.GetRowPreviewDisplayText(e.RowHandle), r);
             e.Handled = true;
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