|How to enhance the functionality of a TDBgrid component using colors|
Adding color to your database grids will enhance the appearance and differentiate the importance of certain rows or columns within the database.
Since the DBGrid is a great user interface tool for displaying data, this article will focus on questions like "How do I change the color of particular row / column / cell in a DBGrid?"
Note: if you do not wont to work with the BDE, consider the chapters of the Free Database Course For Beginner Delphi Developers - Focus on ADO.
We will accomplish this through TColumns property of the grid. Select the grid component in the form and invoke the Columns editor by double clicking on the grid's Columns property in the Object Inspector. For more information on Columns editor look for "Columns editor: creating persistent columns" in your Delphi help files.
Now, everything you have to do is to specify the background color of the cells of the particular column. For text foreground color, see the font property.
This is what I have done, after few clicks... You have to agree that this is much better that the standard black'n'white grid (of course, use colors if you really need them).
This technique demonstrates how to dynamically change the color of text in a DBGrid:
Next technique demonstrates how to dynamically change the color of row in a DBGrid:
How about graphics?
component has many nice features and is more powerful than you would have thought. The "standard" DBGrid does its job of displaying and manipulating records from a dataset in a tabular grid. However, there are many ways (and reasons) why you should consider customizing the output of a DBGrid...