Function to Populate a column of the DBGrid PickList so as to facilitate easy data entry in a grid (Views: 102)


A function to populate the DBGrid PickList to have auto selection of added field value when the grid is used to display a table


The PickList of a DBGrid can be made useful for data entry through a dbgrid. This can be accomplished by the following function.Whenever a new entry is added to a particular field, that too can be made to appear in the picklist with the function given below.The PopulatePickList function can be called within DataSource.OnDataChange event so that it gets updated whenever a new entry is added.

procedure PopulatePickList(Column: TColumn; Table: TTable; FieldName: string);
  QryTemp: TQuery;
  i: integer;
  QryTemp := TQuery.Create(nil);
  with QryTemp do
    DatabaseName := Table.DatabaseName;
    SQL.Add('SELECT DISTINCT ' + FieldName + ' from ' + Table.TableName);

  with QryTemp do
    Active := True;
    for i := 0 to QryTemp.RecordCount - 1 do
      if FieldByName(FieldName).AsString <> '' then
    Active := False;

procedure TForm1.DataSourceDataChange(Sender: TObject; Field: TField);
  PopulatePickList(DBGrid.Columns[2], Table, 'Field');
  //replace table with your tableName of the grid
  //DBGrid.Columns[2] with your DBGrid Column that you want the PickList for
  //Field with the field for the PickList

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