C# – Change Default “Enter” Key Behavior In DataGridView to left to right

As we know DataGridView in C# act quite differently with Enter key. When user pressed the Enter key it will take them to next row instead of next column.  For more convenient data entry require left to right movement not top to bottom . C#.Net has ability to change the default behavior of the enter key.

This can be done with overriding the processcmdKey method.

This will change Enter key behavior on the form itself. If you have any code to move focus to other controls it may fail

protected override bool ProcessCmdKey(ref Message msg, Keys keyData)


// Check if Enter is pressed

if (keyData == Keys.Enter)




if (dataGridView1.CurrentCell.ColumnIndex == 9)


dataGridView1.CurrentCell = dataGridView1.Rows[dataGridView1.CurrentRow.Index + 1].Cells[1];

return true;




SendKeys.Send(“{right }”);



catch (Exception e)



dataGridView1.CurrentCell = dataGridView1.Rows[dataGridView1.CurrentRow.Index ].Cells[1];



return true;


return base.ProcessCmdKey(ref msg, keyData);


add the above overriding section to the end of the class methods. The Catch method check for the error when there are no rows and add a new row, focus the column.

The original post which help me to solve the problem can be found on inforbiro.com


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