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FormattingRuleSheet Class

A repository of FormattingRule objects.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraReports.UI

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraReports.v19.1.dll


public class FormattingRuleSheet :

The following members accept/return FormattingRuleSheet objects:


The FormattingRuleSheet object can be accessed via the XtraReport.FormattingRuleSheet property of a report, which is used as a repository of all formatting rules within a report.

To learn more, refer to Conditionally Changing a Control’s Appearance.


Formatting rules are only available in the legacy binding mode (when the UserDesignerOptions.DataBindingMode is set to DataBindingMode.Bindings). See Shaping Data using Expression Bindings to learn about the recommended approach to shaping report data.


This example demonstrates how to conditionally change a control’s appearance at runtime. For this, it is necessary to create an instance of the FormattingRule class, specify its FormattingRule.Condition and FormattingRule.Formatting properties and add this object to a report’s sheet of formatting rules (XtraReport.FormattingRuleSheet) and to the collection of formatting rules of a control or a band, to which it should be applied (XRControl.FormattingRules). Note that the same task can be also solved at design time, as described in the Conditionally Changing a Control’s Appearance topic.

using System.Drawing;
using System.Drawing.Printing;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.UI;
// ...

private void XtraReport1_BeforePrint(object sender, PrintEventArgs e) {
    // Create a new rule and add it to a report.
    FormattingRule rule = new FormattingRule();

    // Specify the rule's properties.
    rule.DataSource = this.DataSource;
    rule.DataMember = this.DataMember;
    rule.Condition = "[UnitPrice] >= 30";
    rule.Formatting.BackColor = Color.WhiteSmoke;
    rule.Formatting.ForeColor = Color.IndianRed;
    rule.Formatting.Font = new Font("Arial", 10, FontStyle.Bold);

    // Apply this rule to the detail band.


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