Black Light Black Light - 9 months ago 57
C# Question

PropertyGrid doesn't notice properties changed in code?

I have a Winform application which uses colour to highlight certain things. I would like to allow the users to change 'their' colours. As an exercise, I thought I would create an instance of a class, with properties for the colours, and assign it to a property grid (to get a nice editor).

This seems to work fine, but I then thought I would like to let the users reset the colours (after they had fiddled and set them to 20 shades of beige). So, I added a "reset" button to my form, which set the colour properties of my object back to the defaults.

However, it seems that while it sets my object's properties back, the property grid doesn't change. If, after the reset, I do a property grid "Refresh", it has the reset colour.

I'm assuming that the property grid doesn't know that the underlying object has been changed ?

Is there something missing in this scenario, or should I just accept it and call the Refresh method when I reset my object ?


(very similar question here)

public partial class Form1 : Form
public Form1()

this.propertyGrid1.SelectedObject = new Colours();

private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
Colours colours = this.propertyGrid1.SelectedObject as Colours;

public partial class Colours : INotifyPropertyChanged
public event PropertyChangedEventHandler PropertyChanged;

public Color ColourP1 { get; set; }

public void Reset()
this.ColourP1 = Color.Red;
var handler = this.PropertyChanged;
if (handler != null) handler(this, new PropertyChangedEventArgs("ColourP1"));

Following on from my comment of "nothing subscribes to the INotifyPropertyChanged.PropertyChanged", what's the drawback in subsclassing the PropertyGrid control so that it does ?

public partial class MyPropertyGrid : System.Windows.Forms.PropertyGrid
private INotifyPropertyChanged _selectedObject;

protected override void OnSelectedObjectsChanged(EventArgs e)

if (_selectedObject != null) _selectedObject.PropertyChanged -= selectedObject_PropertyChanged;
_selectedObject = this.SelectedObject as INotifyPropertyChanged;
if (_selectedObject != null) _selectedObject.PropertyChanged += selectedObject_PropertyChanged;

private void selectedObject_PropertyChanged(object sender, PropertyChangedEventArgs e)

Answer Source

To answer your question on why the PropertyGrid doesn't change, the MSDN documentation for the PropertyGrid say this:

The information displayed in the grid is a snapshot of the properties at the time the object is assigned. If a property value of the object specified by the SelectedObject is changed in code at run time, the new value is not displayed until an action is taken in the grid that causes the grid to refresh.

So, it seems that the PropertyGrid is not a control that is auto-updatable. I think the clue to this is that the PropertyGrid uses the SelectedObject method instead of a DataSource method, and the latter would imply it probably listens to INotifyPropertyChanged.

You're left with what LarsTech has suggested and manually refreshing the grid.