Merge Merging GridView Header Columns Multiple Headers ASP.NET

In this example i m explaining how to Merging Or Merge GridView Header Columns Or Combine Multiple Headers using C# VB.NET In ASP.NET 2.0,3.5,4.0.

For this you need to create GridView header row in RowCreated Event

<asp:GridView ID="grvMergeHeader" runat="server" 
<asp:BoundField DataField="DepartMentID" HeaderText="DepartMentID"/>
<asp:BoundField DataField="DepartMent" HeaderText="DepartMent"/>
<asp:BoundField DataField="Name" HeaderText="Name"/>
<asp:BoundField DataField="Location" HeaderText="Location"/>
<asp:SqlDataSource ID="SqlDataSource1" runat="server" 
ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:ConnectionString %>"
SelectCommand="SELECT [DepartMentID], [DepartMent], [Name], 
              [Location] FROM [Employee]">

Now In Code behind, in RowCreated Event of grid view i m creating a new gridview row of header type and than in this row i m adding 2 cells

protected void grvMergeHeader_RowCreated(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
        if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.Header)
            GridView HeaderGrid = (GridView)sender;
            GridViewRow HeaderGridRow = new GridViewRow(0, 0, DataControlRowType.Header, DataControlRowState.Insert);
            TableCell HeaderCell = new TableCell();
            HeaderCell.Text = "Department";
            HeaderCell.ColumnSpan = 2;

            HeaderCell = new TableCell();
            HeaderCell.Text = "Employee";
            HeaderCell.ColumnSpan = 2;

            grvMergeHeader.Controls[0].Controls.AddAt(0, HeaderGridRow);


Protected Sub grvMergeHeader_RowCreated(sender As Object, e As GridViewRowEventArgs)
 If e.Row.RowType = DataControlRowType.Header Then
  Dim HeaderGrid As GridView = DirectCast(sender, GridView)
  Dim HeaderGridRow As New GridViewRow(0, 0, DataControlRowType.Header, DataControlRowState.Insert)
  Dim HeaderCell As New TableCell()
  HeaderCell.Text = "Department"
  HeaderCell.ColumnSpan = 2

  HeaderCell = New TableCell()
  HeaderCell.Text = "Employee"
  HeaderCell.ColumnSpan = 2

  grvMergeHeader.Controls(0).Controls.AddAt(0, HeaderGridRow)
 End If
End Sub

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Anonymous said...

I've seen similar solutions to this all over the web, but yours is the only one which does it in the rowcreated event. This solves the problem which I was having in which a postback to the page would "delete" the extra row and cause all sort of havoc because the extra header row wasn't in the viewstate.


Anonymous said...

It's a very great solution..
Before I read this, I think it's impossible to make multiple header with Gridview..

IT Consultant, Indonesia

Anonymous said...

Your source Code cannot be downloaded.
I want to ask how to create like this one:

data1 col2
data2 data3
1 2 3
5 3 4


Anonymous said...

Wow, Great.. its Really Helps to resolve my problem. Good Work. Thanks a lot.

Anonymous said...

One issue is that if we tried Export to Excel using this code then The headers added additionally are not exported

Unknown said...

Excellent code sample. It worked for me. Thank you!

Mr. Masud Parvez said...

Thank you Very Much, Its help me a lot.

Andrea said...

When I try this, I get this error:

System.EventArgs does not contain a definition for 'Row' and no extension method 'Row' acception a first argument of type 'System.EventArgs' could be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?

But I have the same using statements as above. Please help. I've been trying for days to get multiple headers on my datagrid view and I'm so close!

Anonymous said...

amazing stuff! i love it

Anonymous said...

Thank You very much.....i wwant to know how to export this to excel in the same format

Anonymous said...

Good Article.
But how to export this grid to Excel? The RenderControl(htmlWrite) is not making it. The Header created using grvMergeHeader.Controls[0].Controls.AddAt
(0, HeaderGridRow); is not rendering into HTML.

Any Idea?

Anonymous said...

Thanks buddy... Good Solution

Anonymous said...

suppose I have a grid view with 10 columns and I want to group 5,6,7 columns under a separate header, How to do it??


Janardhan said...

How to export Created Multiple header to excel format?

Plz help me It was very urgent.

Unknown said...

@Janardhan: Please refer Export GridView To Excel

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