Pivot Charting (Integration with a Pivot Grid Control)

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The ChartControl can load and visualize data directly from the PivotGridControl control. Each control provides a specific option set that configures how Chart Control displays shared data. This guide explains how to configure the Pivot Charting bundle containing the Pivot Grid control and the Chart Control using the Chart’s options.



Similar functionality is available for bridging the XRChart and XRPivotGrid.

This guide contains the following sections:

Pivot Grid Data Providing

A Chart Control retrieves a Pivot Grid‘s data after assigning a PivotGridControl to the ChartControl‘s DataSource property using one of the following ways:

  • At design time: click the Chart Control, click its Smart Tag and select a Pivot Grid instance in the Choose Data Source field.

    Assign Pivot Grid as Data Source

  • At runtime: the following code demonstrates how to use a Pivot Grid as a Chart’s data source.

    chartControl.DataSource = pivotGridControl;

The Pivot Grid control automatically provides all the required data member names for series generation. Refer to the Automatic Settings section to learn more.

The ChartControl.PivotGridDataSourceOptions property configures how the Chart retrieves a Pivot Grid’s data. At the same time, the PivotGridControl.OptionsChartDataSource property configures how the Pivot Grid provides its data to a chart. These properties specify options that are shared between the Chart and Pivot Grid. The table below contains the Chart’s and Pivot Grid’s settings that configure the same functionality and their descriptions.

Chart setting Pivot Grid setting Description
PivotGridDataSourceOptions.AutoBindingSettingsEnabled Specifies whether the chart’s data binding is automatically adjusted during Pivot Chart creation.
PivotGridDataSourceOptions.AutoLayoutSettingsEnabled Specifies whether the chart’s layout is automatically adjusted during Pivot Chart creation.
Format of the incoming data
PivotGridDataSourceOptions.RetrieveDataByColumns PivotGridOptionsChartDataSourceBase.ProvideDataByColumns Specifies whether a Chart’s series are created based on its associated Pivot Grid’s columns or rows.
PivotGridDataSourceOptions.RetrieveEmptyCells PivotGridOptionsChartDataSourceBase.ProvideEmptyCells Specifies whether empty cells should be passed to a Chart from its associated Pivot Grid.
Treatment of pivot totals
PivotGridDataSourceOptions.RetrieveColumnCustomTotals PivotGridOptionsChartDataSourceBase.ProvideColumnCustomTotals Specifies whether column custom totals should be passed to a Chart from its associated Pivot Grid.
PivotGridDataSourceOptions.RetrieveColumnGrandTotals PivotGridOptionsChartDataSourceBase.ProvideColumnGrandTotals Specifies whether column grand totals should be passed to a Chart from its associated Pivot Grid.
PivotGridDataSourceOptions.RetrieveColumnTotals PivotGridOptionsChartDataSourceBase.ProvideColumnTotals Specifies whether column totals should be passed to a Chart from its associated Pivot Grid.
PivotGridDataSourceOptions.RetrieveRowCustomTotals PivotGridOptionsChartDataSourceBase.ProvideRowCustomTotals Specifies whether row custom totals should be passed to a Chart from its associated Pivot Grid.
PivotGridDataSourceOptions.RetrieveRowGrandTotals PivotGridOptionsChartDataSourceBase.ProvideRowGrandTotals Specifies whether row grand totals should be passed to a Chart from its associated Pivot Grid.
PivotGridDataSourceOptions.RetrieveRowTotals PivotGridOptionsChartDataSourceBase.ProvideRowTotals Specifies whether row totals should be passed to a Chart from its associated Pivot Grid.
Limiting the number of series and points
PivotGridDataSourceOptions.MaxAllowedPointCountInSeries PivotGridOptionsChartDataSourceBase.MaxAllowedPointCountInSeries Limits the number of points in a Chart’s auto-created series that are based on the associated Pivot Grid’s data.
PivotGridDataSourceOptions.MaxAllowedSeriesCount PivotGridOptionsChartDataSourceBase.MaxAllowedSeriesCount Limits the number auto-created series that are based on the associated Pivot Grid’s data.
Additional option
PivotGridDataSourceOptions.SelectionOnly PivotGridOptionsChartDataSource.SelectionOnly Specifies whether a Chart display selected cells only or all the Pivot Grid’s data.
PivotGridDataSourceOptions.UpdateDelay PivotGridOptionsChartDataSource.UpdateDelay Specifies the delay between when the Pivot Grid’s cell focuses, or selection changes, and when the Chart’s data updates.


The PivotGridDataSourceOptions.MaxAllowedSeriesCount and PivotGridDataSourceOptions.MaxAllowedPointCountInSeries properties’ default values limit series’ and series points’ count. Set these properties to 0 to remove the limit.

Automatic Settings

Series labelsResolveOverlappingMode is set to Default and changes to HideOverlapped if the label count is too large for the current diagram. The Chart raises the ChartControl.CustomizeResolveOverlappingMode event before this property updates.

The chart legend’s LegendBase.MaxHorizontalPercentage and the LegendBase.MaxVerticalPercentage properties are automatically adjusted for the best legend and diagram size ratio. The Chart raises the ChartControl.CustomizeLegend event before updating the above properties.

Automatic Binding Settings

The ChartControl.PivotGridDataSourceOptions.AutoBindingSettingsEnabled property configures whether the Chart automatically obtains data member names and a value scale type from the Pivot Grid.

The Pivot Grid provides the data member names to the Chart in the following manner if ChartControl.PivotGridDataSourceOptions‘s PivotGridDataSourceOptions.RetrieveDataByColumns property is set to true:


Handle the ChartControl.CustomizeAutoBindingSettings event that the Chart raises after it obtains data member names to modify these settings.

Note that if multiple fields identify a column/row, the respective field values connected by the ‘|’ sign construct the corresponding data member value (for example, ‘1995 | January’).

Automatic Layout Settings

The ChartControl.PivotGridDataSourceOptions.AutoLayoutSettingsEnabled property automatically adjusts the chart’s layout for two main diagram types:

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