.NET Framework 4.5.2+
.NET Framework 4.5.2+
.NET Standard 2.0+

ShapeFormat Interface

Contains options used to format chart elements.

Namespace: DevExpress.Spreadsheet.Charts

Assembly: DevExpress.Spreadsheet.v20.2.Core.dll


public interface ShapeFormat :
Public Interface ShapeFormat
    Inherits ShapeFormatBase


All interfaces that represent chart elements (Chart, PlotArea, Series, Axis, etc.) inherit formatting options from the ShapeFormat interface, so you can use them to change the chart appearance. Use the ShapeFormat.ResetToMatchStyle method to apply the default formatting to a chart element based on the chart style.


The example below demonstrates how to create a clustered column chart and adjust its appearance. First, add the chart title and change the font color via the ShapeTextFont.Color property. Make the plot area transparent by using the ShapeOutlineFill.SetNoFill method, and then apply the gradient fill to the chart area by utilizing the ShapeOutlineFill.SetGradientFill method. To set the picture fill for all columns in a chart, call the ShapeFill.SetPictureFill method for a series object. Finally, change the color of the primary axes by utilizing the ShapeOutlineFill.SetSolidFill method and specify the axis width via the ShapeOutline.Width property.

View Example: Spreadsheet Chart API

Worksheet worksheet = workbook.Worksheets["chartTask7"];
workbook.Worksheets.ActiveWorksheet = worksheet;

// Create a chart and specify its location.
Chart chart = worksheet.Charts.Add(ChartType.ColumnClustered, worksheet["B2:C8"]);
chart.TopLeftCell = worksheet.Cells["F2"];
chart.BottomRightCell = worksheet.Cells["N17"];

// Add and format the chart title.
chart.Title.SetValue("Countries with the largest forest area");
chart.Title.Font.Color = Color.FromArgb(0x34, 0x5E, 0x25);

// Set no fill for the plot area.

// Apply the gradient fill to the chart area.
chart.Fill.SetGradientFill(ShapeGradientType.Linear, Color.FromArgb(0xFD, 0xEA, 0xDA), Color.FromArgb(0x77, 0x93, 0x3C));
ShapeGradientFill gradientFill = chart.Fill.GradientFill;
gradientFill.Stops.Add(0.78f, Color.FromArgb(0xB7, 0xDE, 0xE8));
gradientFill.Angle = 90;

// Set the picture fill for the data series.

// Customize the axis appearance.
AxisCollection axisCollection = chart.PrimaryAxes;
foreach (Axis axis in axisCollection)
    axis.MajorTickMarks = AxisTickMarks.None;
    axis.Outline.SetSolidFill(Color.FromArgb(0x34, 0x5E, 0x25));
    axis.Outline.Width = 1.25;
// Change the scale of the value axis.
Axis valueAxis = axisCollection[1];
valueAxis.Scaling.AutoMax = false;
valueAxis.Scaling.Max = 8000000;
valueAxis.Scaling.AutoMin = false;
valueAxis.Scaling.Min = 0;
// Specify display units for the value axis.
valueAxis.DisplayUnits.UnitType = DisplayUnitType.Thousands;
valueAxis.DisplayUnits.ShowLabel = true;

// Hide the legend.
chart.Legend.Visible = false;
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