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BandCollection.Add(Band) Method

Overrides the XRControlCollection.Add method.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraReports.UI

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraReports.v24.1.dll

NuGet Package: DevExpress.Reporting.Core


public int Add(
    Band band


Name Type Description
band Band

A Band object to add to the collection of bands.


Type Description

An integer value indicating the position into which the new band was inserted.


When you create or edit a report, use the Add method to add a new band. Note that some band types should appear only once in the report, while other band types can be added multiple times. When you attempt to add a band of a type that cannot be duplicated in the report, an exception occurs with the message Msg_IncorrectBandType.

Note that the Add method is not intended to copy bands from one report to another. You must create a new Band instance, and then add it to the BandCollection.

If you want to copy a band from an existing report, you should serialize and deserialize the band to create a new instance and then add it to the collection, as the following code snippet shows:

using DevExpress.XtraReports.Serialization;
// ...
static Band CopyBand(Band band) {
    using (var stream = new System.IO.MemoryStream()) {
        RootXmlObject rootObject = new RootXmlObject(new System.ComponentModel.IComponent[] { band });
        XRControlXmlSerializer serializer = new XRControlXmlSerializer(new XtraReportsSerializationContext() { RootObject = rootObject });
        serializer.SerializeRootObject(rootObject, stream);
        stream.Position = 0;
        rootObject = new RootXmlObject();
        serializer.DeserializeObject(rootObject, stream, string.Empty);
        return rootObject.Controls.First() as Band;


The following example demonstrates how to use the BandCollection class methods to construct a simple report. The AddMarginBands method creates two margin bands and adds them to the collection.

using DevExpress.XtraPrinting;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.UI;
// ...

public class XtraReport1 : DevExpress.XtraReports.UI.XtraReport {
// ...

    // ...
    // Generated code for the XtraReport1 class.
    // ...

    public void AddMarginBands() {

        // Check if the TopMargin band is already present in the report.
        if(Bands[BandKind.TopMargin] == null) {
            // Create a new TopMargin band and add it to the report.
            TopMarginBand tmBand = new TopMarginBand();

            // Create a label and set its text and width.
            XRLabel label = new XRLabel();
            label.Text = "TopMargin Band";
            label.Width = 200;

            // Add the label to the TopMargin band.

        // Check if the BottomMargin band is already present in the report.
        if(Bands[BandKind.BottomMargin] == null) {
            // Create a new BottomMargin band and add it to the report.
            BottomMarginBand bmBand = new BottomMarginBand();

            // Create an XRPageInfo object and set its width and PageInfo option.
            XRPageInfo datePageInfo = new XRPageInfo();
            datePageInfo.Width = 200;
            datePageInfo.PageInfo = PageInfo.DateTime;

            // Add the page information control to the BottomMargin band.


The following code handles button clicks to call the AddMarginBands method and show the preview:

XtraReport1 report = new XtraReport1();

private void btnPreview_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e) {
    ReportPrintTool preview = new ReportPrintTool(report);

private void btnAddBands_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e) {

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