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DiagramControl.ItemCreating Event

Occurs before a diagram item is added to the canvas.

Namespace: DevExpress.Xpf.Diagram

Assembly: DevExpress.Xpf.Diagram.v24.1.dll

NuGet Package: DevExpress.Wpf.Diagram


public event EventHandler<DiagramItemCreatingEventArgs> ItemCreating

Event Data

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

Property Description
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.
Item Gets or sets the item that is about to be created.
ItemType Gets the type of the item that is about to be created.
ItemUsage Indicates whether the item is a part of the diagram or toolbox preview.
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.


The following code snippet illustrates how to use the event to substitute regular shapes with custom DiagramShapeEx shapes.

 private void DiagramControl1_ItemCreating(object sender, DiagramItemCreatingEventArgs e) {
    if (e.ItemType == typeof(DiagramShape)) {
        e.Item = new DiagramShapeEx();

Register custom item types at the application start using the DevExpress.Diagram.Core.DiagramItemTypeRegistrator.Register method to enable their deserialization.

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