How to: Apply Conditional Formatting to Data Cells

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The following sample applies format rules to Pivot Grid Control’s data cells. The FormatConditionRuleDataBar class allows you to see a cell value relative to other cells. A longer bar corresponds to a higher value, and a shorter bar corresponds to a lower value. Cells placed at the intersection of ‘Year’ column and ‘Sales Person’ row are painted with yellow gradient.

The image below shows the result.

Example Format Rules

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using System.Windows.Forms;
using DevExpress.XtraPivotGrid;
using DevExpress.XtraEditors;

namespace WinFormsPivotGridFormatRules
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        public Form1()

            // Creates a new FormatRule object.
            PivotGridFormatRule newRule = new PivotGridFormatRule();

            // Sets a Measure.
            newRule.Measure = fieldExtendedPrice1;

            // Creates and specifies a new Settings object.
            newRule.Settings = new FormatRuleFieldIntersectionSettings{
                Column = fieldOrderYear1, 
                Row = fieldSalesPerson1 

            // Creates a new Rule object and sets its parameters.
            newRule.Rule = new FormatConditionRuleDataBar{ 
                PredefinedName = "Yellow Gradient" 

            // Adds the rule to the collection.