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In many cases, you may wish to visually identify specific ranges of values along scales in analog gauges (circular and linear). For instance, you may want to mark safe or critical value ranges. You can use custom ranges to implement this feature.


Ranges allow you to mark certain value ranges in circular and linear gauges. Visually, they are displayed as bars along scales. These bars can be rectangular in linear gauges or rounded in circular gauges.

In the following image, a circular gauge contains two range bars (green and red), and a linear gauge contains three range bars (green, yellow and red).


Ranges belong to a scale. Use the scale’s Ranges collection (ArcScale.Ranges or LinearScale.Ranges) to create and access ranges.

Ranges may be instances of different classes depending on the gauge type:

Do the following to create a range at design time:

  • Click the Gauge control’s smart tag and select Customize Gauge Control…

    Locate the customize gauge control tab

  • Then, in the Visual Gauge Control Designer, click the scale’s smart tag and choose Run Designer.

    Run Scale Designer

  • In the Scales - Element Designer, click the Ranges… button, as shown below.


The Scale Ranges editor allows you to create new, and delete or customize existing ranges.


Each range contains properties that allow you to customize the range’s visual settings. The main properties are as follows:

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