Legend.EquallySpacedItems Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the legend items are arranged in left-aligned columns.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraCharts

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraCharts.v20.2.dll


public bool EquallySpacedItems { get; set; }

Property Value

Type Description

true if the legend items are arranged in left-aligned columns; otherwise, false.


Use the EquallySpacedItems property to make legend items equally-spaced with no regard to their content's length.


The EquallySpacedItems property comes into effect only when the Legend.Direction property is set to either LeftToRight or RightToLeft.

The following images demonstrate the EquallySpacedItems property in action.

EquallySpacedItems = false EquallySpacedItems = true
EquallySpacedItems_false EquallySpacedItems_true

For more information, refer to Legends.


This example demonstrates how a chart's Legend can be accessed and customized at runtime.

To control whether series, indicators, Constant Lines and Strips should be shown in the legend, use their SeriesBase.ShowInLegend, Indicator.ShowInLegend, ConstantLine.ShowInLegend and Strip.ShowInLegend properties.

Legend legend = chartControl1.Legend;

// Display the chart control's legend.
legend.Visible = true;

// Define its margins and alignment relative to the diagram.
legend.Margins.All = 8;
legend.AlignmentHorizontal = LegendAlignmentHorizontal.RightOutside;
legend.AlignmentVertical = LegendAlignmentVertical.Top;

// Define the layout of items within the legend.
legend.Direction = LegendDirection.LeftToRight;
legend.EquallySpacedItems = true;
legend.HorizontalIndent = 8;
legend.VerticalIndent = 8;
legend.TextVisible = true;
legend.TextOffset = 8;
legend.MarkerVisible = true;
legend.MarkerSize = new Size(20, 20);
legend.Padding.All = 4;

// Define the limits for the legend to occupy the chart's space.
legend.MaxHorizontalPercentage = 50;
legend.MaxVerticalPercentage = 50;

// Customize the legend appearance.
legend.BackColor = Color.Beige;
legend.FillStyle.FillMode = FillMode.Gradient;
((RectangleGradientFillOptions)legend.FillStyle.Options).Color2 = Color.Bisque;

legend.Border.Visible = true;
legend.Border.Color = Color.DarkBlue;
legend.Border.Thickness = 2;

legend.Shadow.Visible = true;
legend.Shadow.Color = Color.LightGray;
legend.Shadow.Size = 2;

// Customize the legend text properties.
legend.Antialiasing = false;
legend.Font = new Font("Arial", 9, FontStyle.Bold);
legend.TextColor = Color.DarkBlue;
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