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WPF Datagrid set selected row (6)

How do I use the Datagrid.SelectedItem to select a row programmatically?

Do I first have to create a IEnumerable of DataGridRow objects and pass the matching row to this SelectedItem property or how do I do it?


I need to match the cell content of the first columns cell with a TextBox.Text first, before selecting the row.

// In General to Access all rows //

foreach (var item in dataGrid1.Items)
    string str = ((DataRowView)dataGrid1.Items[1]).Row["ColumnName"].ToString();

//To Access Selected Rows //

private void dataGrid1_SelectionChanged(object sender, SelectionChangedEventArgs e)
        string str = ((DataRowView)dataGrid1.SelectedItem).Row["ColumnName"].ToString();
    catch (Exception ex)

I came across this fairly recent (compared to the age of the question) TechNet article that includes some of the best techniques I could find on the topic:

WPF: Programmatically Selecting and Focusing a Row or Cell in a DataGrid

It includes details that should cover most requirements. It is important to remember that if you specify custom templates for the DataGridRow for some rows that these won't have DataGridCells inside and then the normal selection mechanisms of the grid doesn't work.

You'll need to be more specific on what datasource you've given the grid to answer the first part of your question, as the others have stated.

I've searched solution to similar problem and maybe my way will help You and anybody who face with it.

I used SelectedValuePath="id" in XAML DataGrid definition, and programaticaly only thing I have to do is set DataGrid.SelectedValue to desired value.

I know this solution has pros and cons, but in specific case is fast and easy.

Best regards


If anyone stumblng here has problems with internal grid selection happening after OnSelectionChanged - after unsuccessfully trying out all the selection setters for a dozen hours the only thing that worked for me was reloading and repopulating DataGrid along with selected item. Not elegant at all, but at this point I'm not sure if a better solution exists in my situation.

datagrid.ItemsSource = null
datagrid.ItemsSource = items;
datagrid.SelectedItem = selectedItem;

You don't need to iterate through the DataGrid rows, you can achieve your goal with a more simple solution. In order to match your row you can iterate through you collection that was bound to your DataGrid.ItemsSource property then assign this item to you DataGrid.SelectedItem property programmatically, alternatively you can add it to your DataGrid.SelectedItems collection if you want to allow the user to select more than one row. See the code below:

<Window x:Class="ProgGridSelection.MainWindow"
    Title="MainWindow" Height="350" Width="525" Loaded="OnWindowLoaded">
    <DataGrid Name="empDataGrid" ItemsSource="{Binding}" Height="200"/>
    <TextBox Name="empNameTextBox"/>
    <Button Content="Click" Click="OnSelectionButtonClick" />

public partial class MainWindow : Window
    public class Employee
        public string Code { get; set; }
        public string Name { get; set; }

    private ObservableCollection<Employee> _empCollection;

    public MainWindow()

    private void OnWindowLoaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        // Generate test data
        _empCollection =
            new ObservableCollection<Employee>
                    new Employee {Code = "E001", Name = "Mohammed A. Fadil"},
                    new Employee {Code = "E013", Name = "Ahmed Yousif"},
                    new Employee {Code = "E431", Name = "Jasmin Kamal"},

        /* Set the Window.DataContext, alternatively you can set your
         * DataGrid DataContext property to the employees collection.
         * on the other hand, you you have to bind your DataGrid
         * DataContext property to the DataContext (see the XAML code)
        DataContext = _empCollection;

    private void OnSelectionButtonClick(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        /* select the employee that his name matches the
         * name on the TextBox
        var emp = (from i in _empCollection
                   where i.Name == empNameTextBox.Text.Trim()
                   select i).FirstOrDefault();

        /* Now, to set the selected item on the DataGrid you just need
         * assign the matched employee to your DataGrid SeletedItem
         * property, alternatively you can add it to your DataGrid
         * SelectedItems collection if you want to allow the user
         * to select more than one row, e.g.:
         *    empDataGrid.SelectedItems.Add(emp);
        if (emp != null)
            empDataGrid.SelectedItem = emp;

please check if code below would work for you; it iterates through cells of the datagris's first column and checks if cell content equals to the textbox.text value and selects the row.

for (int i = 0; i < dataGrid.Items.Count; i++)
    DataGridRow row = (DataGridRow)dataGrid.ItemContainerGenerator.ContainerFromIndex(i);
    TextBlock cellContent = dataGrid.Columns[0].GetCellContent(row) as TextBlock;
    if (cellContent != null && cellContent.Text.Equals(textBox1.Text))
        object item = dataGrid.Items[i];
        dataGrid.SelectedItem = item;
        row.MoveFocus(new TraversalRequest(FocusNavigationDirection.Next));

hope this helps, regards