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CollectionViewLink.CollectionView Property

Gets or sets an object, which should be printed by the CollectionViewLink.

Namespace: DevExpress.Xpf.Printing

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

NuGet Package: DevExpress.Wpf.Printing


public ICollectionView CollectionView { get; set; }

Property Value

Type Description

An object implementing the ICollectionView interface.


Use the CollectionView property to specify the object to be printed or exported by the CollectionViewLink instance. Note that the CollectionView property should be assigned before calling the LinkBase.CreateDocument method for this link. Otherwise, a InvalidOperationException exception will be raised.


The following example demonstrates how to use the CollectionViewLink class to print data from a hierarchical datasource, which implements the ICollectionView interface.

For this, it is necessary to do the following:

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using System;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Data;
using DevExpress.Xpf.Printing;
// ...
private void button1_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {
    // Create a link and bind it to the PrintPreview instance.
    CollectionViewLink link = new CollectionViewLink();
    //preview.Model = new LinkPreviewModel(link);

    // Create an ICollectionView object.
    link.CollectionView = CreateMonthCollectionView();

    // Provide export templates.
    link.DetailTemplate = (DataTemplate)Resources["monthNameTemplate"];
    link.GroupInfos.Add(new GroupInfo((DataTemplate)Resources["monthQuarterTemplate"]));

    // Create a document.

    // Show a Print Preview.
    PrintHelper.ShowPrintPreviewDialog(this, link);

private ICollectionView CreateMonthCollectionView() {
    const int monthCount = 12;
    string[] monthNames = CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.DateTimeFormat.MonthNames;

    MonthItem[] data = new MonthItem[Math.Min(monthNames.Length, monthCount)];
    for (int i = 0; i < data.Length; i++) {
        data[i] = new MonthItem(monthNames[i], (i / 3) + 1);

    CollectionViewSource source = new CollectionViewSource();
    source.Source = data;
    source.GroupDescriptions.Add(new PropertyGroupDescription("Quarter"));

    return source.View;

public class MonthItem {
    public string Name { get; private set; }
    public int Quarter { get; private set; }

    public MonthItem(string name, int quarter) {
        Name = name;
        Quarter = quarter;

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