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How to: Customize a Cell in the Exported Excel Document

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When exporting a Pivot Grid control to XLSX (or XLS) format, you can customize a cell appearance in the exported document using the PivotXlsxExportOptions.CustomizeCell (or PivotXlsExportOptions.CustomizeCell) event.

In this example, custom appearance settings (the azure background and italic font) are applied to the cells that correspond to the Pivot Grid’s data area. The CustomizePivotCellEventArgs.ExportArea property is used to identify cell location in the exported Excel document. The cell format is set by the CustomizePivotCellEventArgs.Formatting property.

View Example

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using DevExpress.XtraPivotGrid;
using DevExpress.XtraBars;

namespace WinPivotExportCustomizeCell
    public partial class Form1 : DevExpress.XtraBars.Ribbon.RibbonForm
        public Form1()
            // This line of code is generated by Data Source Configuration Wizard

        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)

        private void barButtonItem1_ItemClick(object sender, ItemClickEventArgs e)
            #region #filepathCreating
            string filePath;
            var saveDialog = new SaveFileDialog();
            saveDialog.DefaultExt = "xlsx";
            saveDialog.FileName = "PivotGrid.xlsx";
            saveDialog.Filter = "Excel files (*.xlsx)|*.xlsx|All files (*.*)|*.*";
            filePath = saveDialog.FileName;

            var exportOptions = new PivotXlsxExportOptions();
            exportOptions.CustomizeCell += 
                new CustomizePivotCellEventHandler(exportOptions_CustomizeCell);
            if (filePath != "") {
                pivotGridControl1.ExportToXlsx(filePath, exportOptions);

        void exportOptions_CustomizeCell(CustomizePivotCellEventArgs e)
            if (e.ExportArea == PivotExportArea.Data) {
                e.Formatting.BackColor = Color.Azure;
                e.Formatting.Font.Italic = true; 
            e.Handled = true;