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DataControlBase.AutoGenerateColumns Property

Gets or sets whether columns should be created automatically for all properties in the underlying data source when the View does not contain any columns. This is a dependency property.

Namespace: DevExpress.Xpf.Grid

Assembly: DevExpress.Xpf.Grid.v22.1.Core.dll

NuGet Package: DevExpress.Wpf.Grid.Core


public AutoGenerateColumnsMode AutoGenerateColumns { get; set; }

Property Value

Type Default Description
AutoGenerateColumnsMode None

The way columns are generated.

Available values:

Name Description

Doesn’t create columns.


Creates columns for all properties in a datasource if the grid doesn’t contain any columns.


Creates columns for all properties in a datasource, preserving the columns the grid already contains.


Creates columns for all properties in a datasource, removing columns the grid already contains.


This property specifies the way the DataControlBase.PopulateColumns method works.

 <dxg:GridControl x:Name="grid"
                  ItemsSource="{x:Static common:SalesProductData.Data}"
        <dxg:GridColumn FieldName="State"/>
        <dxg:GridColumn FieldName="Category"/>
        <dxg:TableView x:Name="gridView"/>

Set the AutoGenerateColumns property to AutoGenerateColumnsMode.None to prevent columns from being automatically created.

Use the DisplayAttribute or the BrowsableAttribute to prevent the automatic generation of specific properties:

public class GridDataObject {
    public string Id { get; set; }
    public string FirstName { get; set; }
    public string LastName { get; set; }

Handle the AutoGeneratedColumns or the AutoGeneratingColumn event to specify column settings (assign column editors, hide individual columns, and so on).

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