GridView.ShowEditor() Method

Invokes the focused cell’s editor.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Grid

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraGrid.v21.1.dll


public override void ShowEditor()


The method is called automatically when users invoke a cell editor. You can also call this method manually. If you want to activate a particular cell’s editor, you need to focus the cell first. Use the ColumnView.FocusedRowHandle and ColumnView.FocusedColumn properties for this purpose.

Note: a cell editor cannot be activated in the following cases:

Refer to the Modify and Validate Cell Values topic for additional information.


Detail pattern Views do not contain data and they are never displayed within XtraGrid. So, the ShowEditor member must not be invoked for these Views. The ShowEditor member can only be used with real Views that are displayed within the Grid Control. The real Views with which an end-user interacts at runtime can be accessed using the following methods.

The code sample below illustrates how to activate a cell editor for the “Product Price” column when when they press F12.

gridView1.KeyDown += GridView1_KeyDown;

private void GridView1_KeyDown(object sender, KeyEventArgs e)
    if(e.KeyCode == Keys.F12)
        GridView view = sender as GridView;
        view.FocusedColumn = view.Columns["productPrice"];
        e.Handled = true;
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