LeftCol in TDBGrid. HELP!

Hi all! I'm trying to use the LeftCol property in a TDBGrid, but it seems to
be available only
in runtime ;(   I need to change the current record, get certain field value
and get back to the originary
record, without letting the user know. I use DisableControls, but I always
lose my leftcol and the DBGrid always gets to the first column. Any nice
idea? Thanks a lot in advance.