preventing row change in datagrid

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I have researched this and am stumped: I have a WPF DataGrid, and using an MVVM model. I want to, under certain circumstances, prevent the ability to change a row in the DataGrid. I have researched this and have tried techniques like the one found here.

In practice, this works, however there is an undesirable 'flicker' (it selects the clicked row for a moment then goes back to the previous selection), while this is a close solution I wish there was a more elegant way such as preventing the row change at all in the first place.

I am surprised there is not a SelectionChanging or BeforeSelectionChanged so I could cancel the event from firing; and forcibly preventing the index change in my view model does not seem to make any difference.

How can I do this?

Thank you.

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    Re: preventing row change in datagrid

    Hi Manoj,

    Do you have a CellStyle on your datagrid? For me, the following worked:


        <Style TargetType="{x:Type DataGridCell}">
                <Trigger Property="IsSelected" Value="True">
                    <Setter Property="Background" Value="DarkSlateBlue"/>
                    <Setter Property="Foreground" Value="White"/>


    private void MyDataGrid_SelectionChanged(object sender, SelectionChangedEventArgs e)
        if (e.AddedItems.Count > 0)
            object x = e.AddedItems[0];
            if (x is MyObjectType && x != myViewModel.CurrentItem &&
                // this will actually revert the SelectedItem correctly, but it won't highlight the correct (old) row.
                this.MyDataGrid.SelectedItem = null;
                this.MyDataGrid.SelectedItem = myViewModel.CurrentItem;

    The point was that the SelectedCellsChanged event fired after the SelectionChanged event -- and in particular, that setting the SelectedItem does not correctly update the SelectedCells which are a read-only property, so more codebehind:

    private void MyDataGrid_SelectedCellsChanged(object sender, SelectedCellsChangedEventArgs e)
        List<DataGridCellInfo> selectedCells = MyDataGrid.SelectedCells.ToList();
        List<MyObjectType> wrongObjects = selectedCells.Select(cellInfo => cellInfo.Item as MyObjectType)
            .Where (myObject => myObject != myViewModel.CurrentItem).Distinct().ToList();
        if (wrongObjects.Count > 0)
            MyDataGrid.SelectedItem = null;
            MyDataGrid.SelectedItem = myViewModel.CurrentItem;

      Modified On Mar-31-2018 01:49:12 AM



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