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ChartControl.CustomDrawCrosshair Event

Occurs before crosshair items are drawn when the chart’s contents are being drawn.

Namespace: DevExpress.Xpf.Charts

Assembly: DevExpress.Xpf.Charts.v22.2.dll

NuGet Package: DevExpress.Wpf.Charts


public event CustomDrawCrosshairEventHandler CustomDrawCrosshair

Event Data

The CustomDrawCrosshair event's data class is CustomDrawCrosshairEventArgs. The following properties provide information specific to this event:

Property Description
CrosshairAxisLabelElements Gets the settings of crosshair axis label elements to customize their appearance.
CrosshairElementGroups Provides access to the settings of crosshair elements and crosshair group header elements to customize their appearance.
CrosshairElements Obsolete. Gets crosshair elements (crosshair value lines, crosshair value labels, crosshair labels) to customize their appearance.
CrosshairGroupHeaderElements Obsolete. Gets the settings of crosshair group header elements to customize their appearance.
CrosshairLegendElements Returns crosshair legend elements to customize their appearance.
CrosshairLineElement Gets the settings of a crosshair line element to customize its appearance (color, line style).
Handled Gets or sets a value that indicates the present state of the event handling for a routed event as it travels the route. Inherited from RoutedEventArgs.
IndicatorLegendElements Returns all indicator elements that the Crosshair Cursor shows in a legend.
OriginalSource Gets the original reporting source as determined by pure hit testing, before any possible Source adjustment by a parent class. Inherited from RoutedEventArgs.
RoutedEvent Gets or sets the RoutedEvent associated with this RoutedEventArgs instance. Inherited from RoutedEventArgs.
Source Gets or sets a reference to the object that raised the event. Inherited from RoutedEventArgs.

The event data class exposes the following methods:

Method Description
InvokeEventHandler(Delegate, Object) When overridden in a derived class, provides a way to invoke event handlers in a type-specific way, which can increase efficiency over the base implementation. Inherited from RoutedEventArgs.
OnSetSource(Object) When overridden in a derived class, provides a notification callback entry point whenever the value of the Source property of an instance changes. Inherited from RoutedEventArgs.


Use the CustomDrawCrosshair event to create a custom appearance for crosshair items.


This example shows how to use the ChartControl.CustomDrawCrosshair event to customize the crosshair cursor. For example, you can use this event to paint crosshair label items depending on the highlighted point value. In this example, the ChartControl.CustomDrawCrosshair event is invoked when you click the Custom Draw Crosshair Cursor button on the form.

Enable the following properties before the crosshair is customized to display crosshair axis lines and labels:

View Example

<Window x:Class="CrosshairCustomDraw.MainWindow"
        Title="MainWindow" Height="414" Width="525">
            <dxc:ChartControl Name="chartControl1" Height="340" 
                    <dxc:CrosshairOptions ShowArgumentLabels="True" 
                                <dxc:CrosshairAxisLabelOptions Pattern="{}{V:f1}"/>
                    <dxc:LineSeries2D DisplayName="Series1">
                        <dxc:SeriesPoint Argument="1" Value="50"/>
                        <dxc:SeriesPoint Argument="2" Value="44"/>
                        <dxc:SeriesPoint Argument="3" Value="55"/>
                        <dxc:SeriesPoint Argument="4" Value="77"/>
                    <dxc:LineSeries2D DisplayName="Series2">
                        <dxc:SeriesPoint Argument="1" Value="22"/>
                        <dxc:SeriesPoint Argument="2" Value="11"/>
                        <dxc:SeriesPoint Argument="3" Value="9"/>
                        <dxc:SeriesPoint Argument="4" Value="8"/>
            <Button Height="35" Content="Custom Draw Crosshair Cursor" Click="Button_Click"></Button>
using DevExpress.Xpf.Charts;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Media;

namespace CrosshairCustomDraw {
    public partial class MainWindow : Window {
        bool handleCustomDraw;
        public MainWindow() {
        private void Button_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {
            handleCustomDraw = true;
            chartControl1.CustomDrawCrosshair += chartControl1_CustomDrawCrosshair;
        private void chartControl1_CustomDrawCrosshair(object sender, CustomDrawCrosshairEventArgs e) {

            if (!handleCustomDraw) return;

            // Specify the crosshair argument line color, dash style and thickness.
            e.CrosshairLineElement.Brush = Brushes.Aqua;
            e.CrosshairLineElement.LineStyle.DashStyle = DashStyles.DashDot;
            e.CrosshairLineElement.LineStyle.Thickness = 3;

            // Specify  the back color for crosshair argument label. 
            foreach (CrosshairAxisLabelElement axisLabelElement in e.CrosshairAxisLabelElements)
                axisLabelElement.Background = Brushes.Blue;

            foreach (CrosshairElementGroup group in e.CrosshairElementGroups) {
                CrosshairElement element = group.CrosshairElements[0];

                // Specify the color, dash style and thickness for the crosshair value lines. 
                element.LineElement.Brush = Brushes.DarkViolet;
                element.LineElement.LineStyle.DashStyle = DashStyles.Dash;
                element.LineElement.LineStyle.Thickness = 2;

                // Specify the  font size and background for the crosshair value labels.
                element.AxisLabelElement.FontSize = 14;
                element.AxisLabelElement.Background = Brushes.Red;

                // Specify the foreground and  font size for the crosshair  cursor label that shows series. 
                if (element.SeriesPoint.Value > 50) {
                    element.LabelElement.Foreground = Brushes.Green;
                    element.LabelElement.FontSize = 14;

            foreach (CrosshairElementGroup group in e.CrosshairElementGroups) {
                CrosshairGroupHeaderElement groupHeaderElement = group.HeaderElement;

                // Specify the text, text color and font for the crosshair group header element. 
                groupHeaderElement.Text = "Custom draw";
                groupHeaderElement.Foreground = Brushes.Red;
                groupHeaderElement.FontSize = 15;
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