Adding ViewLink to DataGridView in VB.NET

The DataGridView control offers a wide range of column types, including TextBox, CheckBox, Image, Button, ComboBox, and Link columns, each tailored to specific cell types. One interesting column type available is the Link column, which allows us to incorporate hyperlinks within a DataGridView.

Link column

When using a Link column, the cells in that column are of type DataGridViewLinkCell, and the text within these cells is rendered to resemble a hyperlink, giving it a clickable appearance. It's important to note that link columns are not automatically generated when data binding a DataGridView control. Instead, you need to create them manually and add them to the collection returned by the Columns property.

By creating and adding link columns to the DataGridView control, you can provide interactive and clickable links within the grid, offering users the ability to navigate to related content or perform specific actions associated with the displayed data.

The following program shows how to add a hyperlink in a column of DataGridView control.

Full Source VB.NET
Imports System.Data.SqlClient Public Class Form1 Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click DataGridView1.ColumnCount = 3 DataGridView1.Columns(0).Name = "Product ID" DataGridView1.Columns(1).Name = "Product Name" DataGridView1.Columns(2).Name = "Product_Price" Dim row As String() = New String() {"1", "Product 1", "1000"} DataGridView1.Rows.Add(row) row = New String() {"2", "Product 2", "2000"} DataGridView1.Rows.Add(row) row = New String() {"3", "Product 3", "3000"} DataGridView1.Rows.Add(row) row = New String() {"4", "Product 4", "4000"} DataGridView1.Rows.Add(row) Dim lnk As New DataGridViewLinkColumn() DataGridView1.Columns.Add(lnk) lnk.HeaderText = "Link Data" lnk.Name = "h" lnk.Text = "" lnk.UseColumnTextForLinkValue = True End Sub End Class

This capability allows for a more dynamic and intuitive user experience, enhancing the usability and functionality of the DataGridView control within your applications.