Code sample for the WPF DataGrid.CellStyle topic

At the deadline for Visual Studio 10 Beta 1 content complete, I was madly trying to check in art and code for the DataGrid APIs.  I thought I got it all in but failed to click submit to actually finish uploading the code for CellStyle.  So if you are interested, here is a little sample code.  Using styles in DataGrid is an amazingly powerful way to accomplish a lot without writing much code. 

The following example uses a trigger to change the Background color of a DataGridCell when the cell is selected.

        <DataGrid Name=”DG1″ ItemsSource=”{Binding}” SelectionUnit=”Cell” >


                <Style TargetType=”DataGridCell” >


                        <Trigger Property=”IsSelected” Value=”True”>

                            <Setter Property=”Background” Value=”SeaGreen”/>






The ItemsSource is an ObservableCollection of Animal objects:

public class Animal


            public Animal()




            public Animal(string name)


                Name = name;



            public string Name { get; set; }



This code produces the following output.

A selected cell with a green background