The reason is because the List View is defined by templates whereas the Grid View and Details View are defined by fields.

Many fields types, such as the Bound Field, can generate their own editing interface, but with templates the page developer is on the hook for specifying the editing interface.

Creating an editable List View control entails defining the editing interface via the and adding the Edit, Update, and Cancel buttons in the appropriate spots.

This article walks through creating an editable List View control, with the finished results available for download at the end of the article. (It is assumed that the reader is familiar with how to edit data using a data source control.

This article provides a comprehensive solution for defining an edit template in a Form View. The Form View is a binding control like the Grid View, except where the Grid View shows multiple rows of data and the Form View shows one record at a time in a form layout.

The edit template contains a Drop Down List and the population, binding, and updating is all handled declaratively. After you complete the data source wizard the Form View will have controls added to it for the Item Template, Edit Item Template, and Insert Item Template.

If this is not the case, please first read Accessing and Updating Data in ASP.

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