Change color of alternate rows of Data GridView in Asp.Net

In this article, I will show you how to set alternative color for gridview rows and columns in


Sometime we may have a cosmetic requirement in gridview control to set alternative row and column color in applications while displaying the data to the user. It’s easy and simple way to set alternative color in gridview control, follow the below steps and code snippets for this.

Create Asp.Net project

Create an project and format the aspx page as like below. I have added two gridview controls to show this sample. One for gridview alternative row color changes and other one is alternative column color change.

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="ValueAgainstNull.aspx.cs" Inherits="ValueAgainstNull" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

<html xmlns="">
<head runat="server">
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
    <div><br />
    <asp:GridView ID="GridVwColcolorchange" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="False"
            Font-Names="Verdana" PageSize="5" Width="75%" BorderColor="#CCCCCC" BorderStyle="Solid"
            <PagerStyle BorderColor="#CCCCCC" BorderStyle="Solid" BorderWidth="1px" />
            <HeaderStyle Height="30px" Font-Size="15px" BorderColor="#CCCCCC" BorderStyle="Solid"
                BorderWidth="1px" />
            <RowStyle Height="20px" Font-Size="13px" BorderColor="#CCCCCC" BorderStyle="Solid"
                BorderWidth="1px" />
                <asp:BoundField DataField="UserId" HeaderText="Employee ID" HeaderStyle-BackColor="#C4C4C4"
                    ItemStyle-BackColor="#E2E2E2" />
                <asp:BoundField DataField="Name" HeaderText="Employee Name" HeaderStyle-BackColor="#FFB07F"
                    ItemStyle-BackColor="#FFCAA8" />
                <asp:BoundField DataField="Designation" HeaderText="Job title" HeaderStyle-BackColor="#C4C4C4"
                    ItemStyle-BackColor="#E2E2E2" />
                <asp:BoundField DataField="Department" HeaderText="Department" HeaderStyle-BackColor="#FFB07F"
                    ItemStyle-BackColor="#FFCAA8" />

Alternative coloumn color

Above second gridview name would be GridVwColcolorchange, in this gridview i have added HeaderStyle-BackColor and ItemStyle-BackColor properties in boundfield. The HeaderStyle-BackColor property will be used to change specific header background color and ItemStyle- BackColor would be used to change specific column backgrounf color.
<asp:BoundField DataField="Emp_Name" HeaderText="Employee Name" HeaderStyle-BackColor="#C4C4C4"
ItemStyle-BackColor="#E2E2E2" />
<asp:BoundField DataField="Emp_id" HeaderText="Employee ID" HeaderStyle-BackColor="#FFB07F"
ItemStyle-BackColor="#FFCAA8" />
Here alternatively I have changed specific header and associated column color. This is the one of way to set alternative header and column color in the gridview control.

Code behind part

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Data;

public partial class ValueAgainstNull : System.Web.UI.Page
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        if (!IsPostBack)
    protected void BindData()
        DataTable dt = new DataTable();
        dt.Columns.Add("UserId", typeof(Int32));
        dt.Columns.Add("Name", typeof(string));
        dt.Columns.Add("Designation", typeof(string));
        dt.Columns.Add("Department", typeof(string));

        DataRow dr = dt.NewRow();
        dr["UserId"] = 1;
        dr["Designation"] = "Associate Technical Consultant";
        dr["Department"] = null;

        dr = dt.NewRow();
        dr["UserId"] = 2;
        dr["Name"] = "Anish";
        dr["Designation"] = null;
        dr["Department"] = null;

        dr = dt.NewRow();
        dr["UserId"] = 3;
        dr["Name"] = "Manish";
        dr["Designation"] = null;
        dr["Department"] = "Navision";

        dr = dt.NewRow();
        dr["UserId"] = 4;
        dr["Name"] = "Ravish";
        dr["Designation"] = "Tech Lead";
        dr["Department"] = "CRM";

        for (int i = 0; i < dt.Rows.Count; i++)
            for (int j = 0; j < dt.Columns.Count; j++)
                if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(dt.Rows[i][j].ToString()))
                    dt.Rows[i][j] = "Data Not Available";
        GridVwColcolorchange.DataSource = dt;

Above code behind part would be used to bind the few sample records with gridview control.


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