Add Image Zoom to ASP.NET WebForm GridView

Posted on Mon 27 May 2013 in ASP.NET Read in 3 min.

The main reason I’m writing this article is to let you know there is always some way better and simpler to don something, one day I want to add image zoom feature to ASP.NET WebForms GridView that shows list of products with thumbnail, and instead of user click on row to get the product information and see a full picture of the product, I want user to just when hovering on the image a big preview of it appears, I found this jQuery plug-in called elevateZoom I love it because it’s simple, have a lot of feature, and easy to configure.

Now the change is how to add this plug-in to every single image in every row in GridView, I googled but unfortunately I found many of complex solution and I thought these developers intend to make this complex, but no this isn’t that complex, I denied all of them even they are working and I’ll tell you what If done in the end of this article, so let us how to get this done.

First download the plug-in, reference jQuery to your ASP.NET application, second add the GridView control to your form and bind your data, third in the image column bind he thumbnail image to ImageUrl property and add custom attribute data-zoom-image and bind the full image to it.

Here is GridView aspx code:

<asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" CssClass="table table-striped table-hover" PageSize="5" DataSourceID="odsProducts" EmptyDataText="No Products" AllowPaging="True" AutoGenerateColumns="False" BorderStyle="None" meta:resourcekey="grvProductsResource1" EnableTheming="True" GridLines="None">
        <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Image" SortExpression="ThumbnailFile">
                <asp:Image  ID="ItemThumb" runat="server" ImageUrl='<%# String.Format("{0}{1}",Eval("ImagePath"),Eval("ThumbnailFile")) %>'
                                     data-zoom-image='<%# String Format("{0}{1}",Eval("ImagePath") Eval("ImageFile")) %> />
            <asp:BoundField DataField="DescEnglish" HeaderText="Description" SortExpression="DescEnglish" />
                    <PagerSettings Position="TopAndBottom" />
                    <PagerStyle CssClass="pagination" />
                    <RowStyle BackColor="White" HorizontalAlign="Center" VerticalAlign="Middle" />
                    <HeaderStyle HorizontalAlign="Center" VerticalAlign="Middle"></HeaderStyle>

data-zoom-image custom attribute is used by elevateZoom to display the full image, the last thing is to tell the plug-in about images in our GridView in order to zooming, this can be done via JavaScript.

JavaScript to perform zooming:

<script type="text/javascript">
        function pageLoad() {
            $("#grvProducts img").elevateZoom();

I’m glad to tell you we’re done, please if you want more configuration check this link but don’t forget like I said before I’ll tell you now what I’ve done.

When I’m googling about this I found developers using DataBound event to inject JavaScript to Image in each row, and more treble, but I thought how to tell elevateZoom that I want to add zoom to every image in GridView, an idea hit me “What about jQuery selectors?” and yes this is the solution as you can see I select all img tags in element with id = grvProducts.


Developer please think simple, and that all folks, enjoy developing ;)