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The Dashboard Designer associates dimension values/measures and specified colors to paint dashboard item elements. This topic describes how to configure color settings in the WinForms Designer.

Coloring Basics

The following concepts are common to both Desktop and Web Dashboard controls:

  • Color Modes
  • Color Schemes
  • Supported Dashboard Items

Refer to the following topic for more information about common concepts: Coloring Basics.

Color Mode: None

You can disable default color variation for dashboard item elements.

If you add a TreeMap to a dashboard, individual elements (titles) use different colors:

State values (Arguments) use different colors. To disable color variation, go to the Argument settings and select Color by | None.

Add a Chart with the same Argument and Value as in the TreeMap:

Default means None for chart arguments.

Color Mode: Hue

You can enable colors in both previously added items.

Set the TreeMap’s color mode to Default or Hue:

In the Chart settings, move State from Arguments to Series. Default now means Hue in this new context. The ColoringIndicator indicator on the data item shows that color variation by hue is enabled.

Add Category as a chart argument and switch to 100% Stacked View:

Use Global Color Scheme

The same State data items use identical colors. Dashboard constructs a Global Color Scheme for this purpose.

Add a Range Filter with the following settings:

The same colors correspond to the same State fields so you can associate and compare data from all dashboard items. This happens because all items use Global Colors (the default setting). You can see the switch to Global Colors in the Ribbon. Click Edit Colors to modify the colors used in the palette:


The dashboard uses the default palette. This palette contains 20 unique colors to paint dimension values/measures. For more information on how to change default colors or create a new color table, refer to the following help topic: Customizing a Color Scheme. If necessary, you can handle one of the following events to substitute the default palette:

This is how the Dashboard appears after you change the color for Georgia in the palette:

Use Local Color Scheme

If you want to use an independent set of colors in the selected dashboard item, switch to the Local Color Scheme.

You can see the Treemap’s arguments that use colors from the Local Color Scheme:

Colors modified in the local color scheme do not affect items that use the global color scheme. The following image shows the custom color for Georgia in the Treemap:

API Members

In code, use the Dimension.ColoringMode property to specify the dimension’s color mode. Use the DashboardItemColoringOptions.MeasuresColoringMode property to specify the color mode for dashboard item measures.

All dashboard items that can be painted expose the ColoringOptions property to access their color options. ColoringOptions returns the DashboardItemColoringOptions object that exposes the DashboardItemColoringOptions.UseGlobalColors property. Set UseGlobalColors to false to use a local color scheme.

Dashboard Item API Description
ChartDashboardItem ChartDashboardItemBase.ColoringOptions Provides access to coloring options of the Chart and Pie dashboard items.
PieDashboardItem ChartDashboardItemBase.ColoringOptions Provides access to coloring options of the Chart and Pie dashboard items.
ScatterChartDashboardItem ScatterChartDashboardItem.ColoringOptions Provides access to coloring options of the Scatter Chart dashboard item.
PieMapDashboardItem PieMapDashboardItem.ColoringOptions Provides access to coloring options of the Pie Map dashboard item.
RangeFilterDashboardItem RangeFilterDashboardItem.ColoringOptions Provides access to coloring options of the Range Filter dashboard item.
TreemapDashboardItem TreemapDashboardItem.ColoringOptions Provides access to coloring options of the Treemap dashboard item.
Name Description
DashboardItemColoringOptions Contains dashboard item coloring options.
ColorScheme A color scheme used to color dashboard item elements.

Dashboard Item Color Mode Specifics

How to Customize a Color Scheme

Refer to the following topic for more information on how to customize a color scheme: