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VGridControlBase.CustomDrawSeparator Event

Enables cell separators to be painted manually.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraVerticalGrid

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraVerticalGrid.v23.1.dll

NuGet Package: DevExpress.Win.VerticalGrid


public event CustomDrawSeparatorEventHandler CustomDrawSeparator

Event Data

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

Property Description
Appearance Gets the painted element’s appearance settings. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
Bounds Gets a value specifying limits for the drawing area. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
Cache Gets an object which specifies the storage for the most used pens, fonts and brushes. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
Graphics Gets an object used to paint. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
Handled Gets or sets a value specifying whether an event was handled, if handled, default actions are not required. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
IsHeaderSeparator Gets a value indicating whether the painted cell separator is contained within the row header.
IsRightToLeft Gets a value indicating whether the VGridControl‘s elements are aligned to support locales using right-to-left fonts. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
ObjectArgs Gets an object containing information about the painted element. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
Painter Gets the painter object that provides the default element’s painting mechanism. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
Properties Provides properties specific to the row being custom painted. Inherited from CustomDrawRowEventArgs.
Row Gets the painted cell separator’s owning row.
SeparatorIndex Gets the painted cell separator’s index.
SeparatorKind Gets the painted cell separator’s type.
SeparatorString Gets or sets the painted cell separator’s text.

The event data class exposes the following methods:

Method Description
DefaultDraw() Performs default painting of an element. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
DrawHtml(HtmlTemplate, DxHtmlPainterContext, Action<DxHtmlPainterArgs>) Paints the required HTML template inside an element that raised this event. The context parameter allows you to assign an object that transfers mouse events to template elements. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.
DrawHtml(HtmlTemplate, Action<DxHtmlPainterArgs>) Paints the required HTML template inside an element that raised this event. Inherited from CustomDrawEventArgs.


The CustomDrawSeparator event is raised before a cell separator is painted. The cell separator is identified by the CustomDrawSeparatorEventArgs.Row and CustomDrawSeparatorEventArgs.SeparatorIndex properties. Its type can be obtained using the CustomDrawSeparatorEventArgs.SeparatorKind property. The event parameter’s CustomDrawSeparatorEventArgs.IsHeaderSeparator property allows you to identify whether the processed separator is contained within the row header.

The CustomDrawSeparator event can be used for two purposes:

  • To manually paint all or only particular cell separators. Note that you need to set the CustomDrawEventArgs.Handled parameter to true to indicate that the default painting is not required for the separator.
  • Change the separator’s settings (text if displayed, appearance) and leave the CustomDrawEventArgs.Handled parameter set to false. This will paint separators using the default mechanism but with modified settings.


Do not change cell values, modify the control’s layout, or change the control’s object model in the events used for custom control painting. Actions that update the layout can cause the control to malfunction.


The following sample code handles the VGridControlBase.CustomDrawRowHeaderCell, VGridControlBase.CustomDrawRowValueCell and VGridControlBase.CustomDrawSeparator events to custom paint cells in a multi-editor row.


using DevExpress.XtraVerticalGrid.Rows;

using System.Drawing.Drawing2D;
using DevExpress.XtraVerticalGrid.Events;

private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) {
    vGridControl1.OptionsView.ShowRootLevelIndent = false;
    MultiEditorRow meRow = (vGridControl1.Rows[0] as MultiEditorRow);
    if (meRow != null) {
        meRow.SeparatorKind = SeparatorKind.String;
        meRow.SeparatorString = "/";

Font fontRegular = new Font("Tahoma", 10);
Font fontBold = new Font("Tahoma", 10, FontStyle.Bold);

private void vGridControl1_CustomDrawSeparator(object sender, DevExpress.XtraVerticalGrid.Events.CustomDrawSeparatorEventArgs e) {
   Font font = fontRegular;
    Brush brush = Brushes.Orange;
    if(e.IsHeaderSeparator) {
        font = fontBold;
        brush = Brushes.LightGray;
    e.Cache.FillRectangle(brush, e.Bounds);
    e.Cache.DrawString("/", font, Brushes.DarkBlue, e.Bounds, e.Appearance.GetStringFormat());
    e.Handled = true;

private void vGridControl1_CustomDrawRowValueCell(object sender, DevExpress.XtraVerticalGrid.Events.CustomDrawRowValueCellEventArgs e) {
    e.Cache.FillRectangle(Brushes.Orange, Rectangle.Inflate(e.Bounds, 1, 1));
    e.Cache.DrawString(e.CellText, e.Appearance.Font, Brushes.Black, e.Bounds, e.Appearance.GetStringFormat());
    e.Handled = true;

private void vGridControl1_CustomDrawRowHeaderCell(object sender, DevExpress.XtraVerticalGrid.Events.CustomDrawRowHeaderCellEventArgs e) {
    Rectangle rect = Rectangle.Inflate(e.Bounds, 1, 1);
    Rectangle rectText = Rectangle.Inflate(e.Bounds, -2, 0);
    e.Cache.FillRectangle(Brushes.LightGray, rect);
    e.Cache.DrawString(e.Caption, e.Appearance.Font, Brushes.Black, rectText, e.Appearance.GetStringFormat());
    e.Handled = true;
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