SpreadsheetControl.CustomDrawCell Event

Allows you to paint cell content.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraSpreadsheet

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraSpreadsheet.v21.2.dll


public event CustomDrawCellEventHandler CustomDrawCell

Event Data

The CustomDrawCell event's data class is CustomDrawCellEventArgs. The following properties provide information specific to this event:

Property Description
Bounds Returns the bounding rectangle of the drawing area.
Cache Gets an object that serves as the storage for pens, fonts and brushes. Inherited from CustomDrawObjectEventsArgs.
Cell Gets the worksheet cell being painted.
FillBounds Returns the bounding rectangle of the drawing area for painting the cell background.
Font Gets the font attributes of the painted cell.
ForeColor Gets or sets the color of the text within the painted cell.
Graphics Gets an object used for painting. Inherited from CustomDrawObjectEventsArgs.
Handled Gets or sets whether an event is handled. If true, the default actions are not required. Inherited from CustomDrawObjectEventsArgs.
Text Gets or sets the painted cell’s text.

The event data class exposes the following methods:

Method Description
DrawDefault() Renders the element using the default drawing mechanism. Inherited from CustomDrawObjectEventsArgs.


The CustomDrawCell and CustomDrawCellBackground events fire for each cell in the visible worksheet area and allow you to draw cells in a custom manner.

If you perform custom draw actions, set the CustomDrawObjectEventsArgs.Handled property to true to cancel default painting.

You can also combine your custom painting with the default painting. Call the CustomDrawObjectEventsArgs.DrawDefault method to draw cells with the default painter. Set CustomDrawObjectEventsArgs.Handled to true and use the CustomDrawObjectEventsArgs.Graphics property to display custom elements over default graphics.


Never change cell values or format settings on this event. Any action that causes the control’s layout update can lead to an incorrect result or throw an unhandled exception.


In v18.2 and earlier, the CustomDrawCell and CustomDrawCellBackground events fire only for cells that have a value or formatting applied. If you need to restore this behavior, set the EnableLegacyLayoutEngine property to true to switch back to the SpreadsheetControl’s legacy layout engine.


The code snippet below uses the SpreadsheetControl.CustomDrawCell event to display images for product categories and add callouts to cells that contain 0 in the “Units In Stock” column. The Spreadsheet control uses the default drawing mechanism to render these cells and then displays custom graphics over cells.

Handle the CustomDrawCell event

View Example: Use Custom Draw Events to Customize the Appearance of Spreadsheet Elements

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using DevExpress.Spreadsheet;
using DevExpress.XtraSpreadsheet;
// ...
private void spreadsheetControl1_CustomDrawCell(object sender, CustomDrawCellEventArgs e)

    // Check whether a cell belongs to the "Category" column.
    if (e.Cell.ColumnIndex == 1) { 

        // Obtain the category name. 
        String categoryName = e.Cell.Value.ToString();

        // Return the image that corresponds to the category name. 
        Image categoryImage = ChooseImage(categoryName);

        // Specify the image location (the upper-right corner of the cell).
        Point point = new Point(e.Bounds.Right - 50, e.Bounds.Top);

        // Draw the category image over the cell.
        if (categoryImage != null)
            e.Graphics.DrawImage(categoryImage, point);

    // If a cell belongs to the "Units In Stock" column and the cell value is "0",
    // draw a callout to the right of this cell.
    if (e.Cell.ColumnIndex == 4 && e.Cell.Value.IsNumeric && e.Cell.Value.NumericValue == 0)
        // Specify callout text.
        string text = "OUT OF STOCK";

        using (Font font = new Font(e.Font.Name, 9f, FontStyle.Bold))
            using (StringFormat format = new StringFormat())
                // Align callout text.
                format.LineAlignment = StringAlignment.Center;
                format.Alignment = StringAlignment.Center;

                // Calculate the callout bounds.
                SizeF size = e.Graphics.MeasureString(text, font, int.MaxValue, format);
                Rectangle textBounds = new Rectangle(
                    e.Bounds.Right + 15,
                    (int)Math.Round(e.Bounds.Top + (e.Bounds.Height - size.Height) / 2),
                    (int)(size.Width + 8),

                int middle = (int)Math.Round(textBounds.Height / 2.0);

                Point[] points = new Point[] {
                    new Point(textBounds.Left, textBounds.Top),
                    new Point(textBounds.Left - middle, textBounds.Top + middle),
                    new Point(textBounds.Left, textBounds.Bottom)

                // Draw the callout.
                Brush brush = e.Cache.GetSolidBrush(Color.FromArgb(200, 44, 74));
                e.Graphics.FillPolygon(brush, points);
                e.Cache.FillRectangle(brush, textBounds);
                e.Graphics.DrawString(text, font, e.Cache.GetSolidBrush(Color.White), textBounds, format);

private Image ChooseImage(string categoryName)
    switch (categoryName)
        case "Beverages":
            return Image.FromFile("images/beverages.png");
        case "Condiments":
            return Image.FromFile("images/condiments.png");
        case "Confections":
            return Image.FromFile("images/confections.png");
        case "Dairy Products":
            return Image.FromFile("images/dairy.png");
        case "Grains/Cereals":
            return Image.FromFile("images/cereals.png");
        case "Meat/Poultry":
            return Image.FromFile("images/meat.png");
        case "Produce":
            return Image.FromFile("images/produce.png");
        case "Seafood":
            return Image.FromFile("images/seafood.png");

    return null;
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