Magnus Lindhe

How to remove the cell focus border on Telerik's RadGridView

When it comes to removing the focus border on a grid cell of the RadGridView control the current help is a bit outdated on the subject or does not cover different themes . This short post describes how to remove the cell focus border for the Visual Studio 2013 theme. It could work for other themes as well but I have not tried.

The reason you might want to remove the focus border on a cell is when the grid is supposed to be read only. In that case the focus border is not really relevant on a cell. Removing the focus border also makes the grid appear more like a regular ListView which is what I am after in my particular case.

Ugly cell focus border on read only grid

Lets get started! Create a dummy GridViewCell in your XAML in order to extract its default style.


Select the GridViewCell control and find the Style property in the Properties window. Click on the property marker (appears as a box symbol) and select Local Resource. The style will now be extracted into a resource in the current file.

Find the following snippet of XAML. It defines an animation that will display the focus border when the cell is regarded as "current". This is esentially when the cell has been clicked on.

<VisualState x:Name="Current">
        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Visibility" Storyboard.TargetName="Background_Current">
            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0">

Remove the storyboard all together so the final current visual state looks like this:

<VisualState x:Name="Current">      

This will make the cell look just like the normal state when it is not focused.

The last thing you need to do is to apply the style to any column in your RadGridView or make it implicit by removing any x:Key from the style and rely on its TargetType property.

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