Totoy Maskulado Totoy Maskulado - 1 year ago 150
C# Question

Show DataGridViewComboBoxColumn in 3d Style

I was planning to make the DataGridViewComboboxCell to display similar to a 3D Fixed Style of a textbox. I manage to do it with a Combobox using this code:

public Form1()
cmbbox.DrawMode = DrawMode.OwnerDrawFixed;
cmbbox.DrawItem += ComboBox_DrawItem_3DFixed;

private void ComboBox_DrawItem_3DFixed(object sender, DrawItemEventArgs e)
ComboBox cmb = sender as ComboBox;

if (e.State == DrawItemState.Focus)

var index = e.Index;
if (index < 0 || index >= cmb.Items.Count)

var item = cmb.Items[index];
string text = (item == null) ? "(null)" : cmb.GetItemText(item);
using (var brush = new SolidBrush(e.ForeColor))
e.Graphics.TextRenderingHint = System.Drawing.Text.TextRenderingHint.ClearTypeGridFit;
e.Graphics.DrawString(text, e.Font, brush, e.Bounds);

Unfortunately, I don't know how to do it with the DataGridViewComboboxCell. Tho I did found a solution here:

public void Form1()
dgView.CellPainting += dgView_EditingControlShowing;

void dgView_EditingControlShowing(object sender, DataGridViewEditingControlShowingEventArgs e)
if (e.Control is ComboBox)
ComboBox cb = (ComboBox)e.Control;
cb.DrawMode = DrawMode.OwnerDrawFixed;
cb.DrawItem += new DrawItemEventHandler(ComboBox_DrawItem_3DFixed);

But the problem with this, it only changes the appearance of the DataGridViewComboboxCell when the specific cell is clicked, and when it lose focus, it returns back to normal.

I did find the CellPainting Event, but I don't know how it works for this code. Can anyone help me? Thanks!

Answer Source

To create a 3D style DataGridViewComboBoxColumn You should perform these 2 settings:

  1. You should disable visual styles for combo box editing control
  2. You should draw combo box cell yourself and draw a 3d combo button

To do so, handle EditingControlShowing and CellPaint event:

[DllImport("uxtheme.dll", ExactSpelling = true, CharSet = CharSet.Unicode)]
static extern int SetWindowTheme(IntPtr hWnd, String pszSubAppName, String pszSubIdList);
void dataGridView1_EditingControlShowing(object sender,
    DataGridViewEditingControlShowingEventArgs e)
    if (e.Control is ComboBox)
        SetWindowTheme(e.Control.Handle, "", "");
void dataGridView1_CellPainting(object sender, DataGridViewCellPaintingEventArgs e)
    if (e.ColumnIndex >= 0 && e.RowIndex >= 0 &&
        this.dataGridView1.Columns[e.ColumnIndex] is DataGridViewComboBoxColumn)
        var r1 = e.CellBounds;
        using (var brush = new SolidBrush(e.CellStyle.BackColor))
            e.Graphics.FillRectangle(brush, r1);
        r1.Width --;
        ControlPaint.DrawBorder3D(e.Graphics, r1, Border3DStyle.Sunken);
        e.Paint(r1, DataGridViewPaintParts.Border |
        var d = SystemInformation.VerticalScrollBarWidth;
        var r2 = new Rectangle(r1.Right - d - 2, r1.Top + 2, d, r1.Height - 5);
        ControlPaint.DrawComboButton(e.Graphics, r2, ButtonState.Normal);
        e.Handled = true;

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Also to create below appearance, without any customization code, it's enough to set DisplayStyle of your column to ComboBox:

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