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Fixing a slow scrolling DataGridView

January 20, 2018 16:08

Fixing a slow scrolling DataGridView

  • VirtualMode
  • Verify you disabled autosizing (Grid.AutoSizeColumnsMode, Grid.AutoSizeRowsMode, Column.AutoSizeMode).
  • set grids DoubleBuffered property to true. The property is protected, you have to inherit your own grid.




Whenever your C#/.NET DataGridView reaches a certain size, it tends to get really slow to scroll. Depending on the speed of your computer this may be more or less noticeable. In an application i did for a client this became a real problem due to a combination of lots of DataGridView cells and fairly slow computers.
Luckily the solution turned out to be simple…

Turn on double buffering

Turning on double buffering seems to solve the problem. Normally double buffering would only help reduce flickering, since painting is being done to an off-screen buffer, but for the DataGridView it also significantly reduces the amount of functions being called internally in the DataGridView – thus reducing processor load and increasing speed. (statistics gathered with the Eqatec Tracer)

My DataGridView doesn’t have a DoubleBuffered property !?!?

For some reason Microsoft has decided to hide the DoubleBuffered property from DataGridView. Luckily you can set it anyway with reflection.

public static class ExtensionMethods
    public static void DoubleBuffered(this DataGridView dgv, bool setting)
        Type dgvType = dgv.GetType();
        PropertyInfo pi = dgvType.GetProperty("DoubleBuffered",
            BindingFlags.Instance | BindingFlags.NonPublic);
        pi.SetValue(dgv, setting, null);

Just drop the above class into your project somewhere, or add the function to your existing extension methods.
The extension method allows you to set the DoubleBuffered property on your DataGridView in the following manner:


You now have a smooth scrolling DataGridView


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