Value not escaped when single cell is copied to the clipboard from DataGridView as CSV - by arhughes

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ID 835602 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 0
Opened 3/17/2014 10:43:38 AM
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When a single cell is copied from the DataGridView escaping is not applied to the value insert into the clipboard as CSV. If more than one cell is copied the values are escaped properly.


If the cell is the first and last cell, and is in the first and last row (i.e. it is the only cell) no escaping is applied. This is a problem if the value in the cell contains text that must be escaped (like a comma). For example if the cell contains the value "$1,000" it will not be quoted in the CSV and any tool that parses CSV from the clipboard will parse the data as two cells: "$1" and "000".

Note that copying a single cell with the value "$1,000" will produce exactly the same output on the clipboard as copying two cells with the values "$1" and "000".
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Posted by Tanya [MSFT] on 3/21/2014 at 10:42 PM
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To work around the issue you can define a custom cell class which would override the problematic method, GetClipboardContent, which you had pointed out :
public class MyCell : DataGridViewTextBoxCell
     protected override object GetClipboardContent(int rowIndex,
                                                     bool firstCell,
                                                     bool lastCell,
                                                     bool inFirstRow,
                                                     bool inLastRow,
                                                     string format)
            object o = base.GetClipboardContent(rowIndex, firstCell, lastCell, inFirstRow, inLastRow, format);
            if (String.Equals(format, DataFormats.CommaSeparatedValue, StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase))
                if (firstCell && lastCell && inFirstRow && inLastRow)
                    string s = o.ToString();
                    if (s.IndexOf(',') != -1)
                        o = string.Format("\"{0}\"", s);
            return o;
And use that new cell class like this:
            c = new DataGridViewColumn(new MyCell());
            c.HeaderText = "My Column";

Many customers have found it useful to discuss issues like this in the forums ( where Microsoft and other members of the community can recommend ways of achieving the behavior you are interested in.

Thank you,
The Windows Forms Product Team
Posted by Microsoft on 3/18/2014 at 3:49 AM
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Posted by Microsoft on 3/17/2014 at 6:36 PM
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