How to bind empty GridView with header and custom message when no data present in Datatable in

How to bind empty gridview with header and message in asp.netIntroductionIn this article i will explain how to bind GridView control with header i.e. with Column names and Custom message like "No Data Found" etc.It become necessary to bind empty gridview where there is no data in data source e.g Datatable.

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Description: Sometimes we want to show the header of the gridview i.e. header with column names even when there is no data to fill in gridview. So i have created a sample web page to implement this functionality. It will bind the records in gridview if there are records in the database and it will show empty gridview with message as shown in image above.

Implementation: Let's create a sample web page to demonstrate the concept.

First of all create a database e.g. "EmpDb" and in that create a table with the columns as shown below and name it "employee":

Column Name
Data Type
Int(Primary key so set Is Idenetity=True)
decimal(18, 2)

  • In the web.config file create the connection string as:

    <add name="conStr" connectionString="Data Source=LALIT;Initial Catalog=EmpDb;Integrated Security=True"/>

Note: Replace the Data Source as per your application

  • In the design page(.aspx) place a GridView control as
        <fieldset style="width:175px">
    <legend>GridView with empty data</legend>
    <asp:GridView ID="MyGridView" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="False">
                         <asp:BoundField DataField="EmpName" HeaderText="Name" />
                         <asp:BoundField DataField="Dept" HeaderText="Department" />
                         <asp:BoundField DataField="Salary" HeaderText="Salary" />
  • Add following code in the code behind file(.aspx.cs)

C#.Net Code to bind empty GridView with header and custom message

First include the following namespaces

using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Configuration;
then write code as:
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        if (!IsPostBack)

private void BindGrid()
        SqlConnection con=new SqlConnection(ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["conStr"].ConnectionString);
        SqlDataAdapter adp=new SqlDataAdapter("select * from employee",con);
        DataTable dt=new DataTable();
        if (dt.Rows.Count>0 )
            MyGridView.DataSource = dt;
            BingEmpyGridViewWithHeader(MyGridView, dt, "No data found");

    protected void BingEmpyGridViewWithHeader(GridView grd, DataTable dt,String msg)
                        if (dt.Rows.Count == 0) {
                                    //Add a blank row to the datatable
                                    //Bind the DataTable to the GridView
                                    grd.DataSource = dt;
                                    //Get the number of columns to know what the Column Span should be
                                    int columnCount = grd.Rows[0].Cells.Count;
                                    //Call the clear method to clear out any controls that you use in the columns.  E.g If you are using dropdown list etc. in any of the column then it is necessary.
                                    grd.Rows[0].Cells.Add(new TableCell());
                                    grd.Rows[0].Cells[0].ColumnSpan = columnCount;
                                    grd.Rows[0].Cells[0].Text = "<font color=Red><b><center>"+ msg +"</center></b></font>";
    catch (Exception ex)
                        //Do your exception handling here

VB.Net Code to bind empty GridView with header and custom message

First import the following namespaces

Imports System.Data
Imports System.Data.SqlClient
Imports System.Configuration 

then write code as:
Protected Sub Page_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
               If Not IsPostBack Then
               End If
End Sub

Private Sub BindGrid()
               Dim con As New SqlConnection(ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings("conStr").ConnectionString)
               Dim adp As New SqlDataAdapter("select * from employee", con)
               Dim dt As New DataTable()
               If dt.Rows.Count > 0 Then
                               MyGridView.DataSource = dt
                               BingEmpyGridViewWithHeader(MyGridView, dt, "No data found")
               End If
End Sub

Protected Sub BingEmpyGridViewWithHeader(grd As GridView, dt As DataTable, msg As [String])
                               If dt.Rows.Count = 0 Then
                                              'Add a blank row to the datatable
                                              'Bind the DatTable to the GridView
                                              grd.DataSource = dt
                                              'Get the number of columns to know what the Column Span should be
                                              Dim columnCount As Integer = grd.Rows(0).Cells.Count
                                              'Call the clear method to clear out any controls that you use in the columns.  E.g If you are using dropdown list etc. in any of the column then it is necessary.
                                              grd.Rows(0).Cells.Add(New TableCell())
                                              grd.Rows(0).Cells(0).ColumnSpan = columnCount

                                              grd.Rows(0).Cells(0).Text = "<font color=Red><b><center>" & Convert.ToString(msg) & "</center></b></font>"
                               End If
                                              'Do your exception handling here
               Catch ex As Exception
               End Try
End Sub

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