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XRCrossTab.CrossTabStyles Property

Allows you to access to the Cross Tab control’s styles.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraReports.UI

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraReports.v23.2.dll

NuGet Package: DevExpress.Reporting.Core


public CrossTabStyles CrossTabStyles { get; }

Property Value

Type Description

The Cross Tab control’s styles.


After you drop the XRCrossTab control from the Toolbox onto a report or finish the Cross-Tab Report Wizard, 4 predefined report styles are created and become available in the Report Explorer.

These styles are assigned to the CrossTabStyles properties. Each style is an XRControlStyle class instance and is stored in the XtraReport.StyleSheet collection.

If you remove the Cross Tab control from the report, all automatically created styles are removed as well (except styles that are assigned to other controls).


The Cross Tab control and its cells do not inherit appearance settings from a report and parent band.

Customize the General Style

Use the GeneralStyle property to specify common appearance settings that apply to all Cross Tab cells.

Customize Area Styles

All Cross Tab cells are divided into three areas. The following image shows how these areas look in the report preview.

Use the HeaderAreaStyle, DataAreaStyle and TotalAreaStyle properties to customize appearance settings for these areas and override the general settings. If an area’s appearance option is not set, its value is inherited from the general style.

The Header Area includes:

The Data Area consists of data field aggregated values.

The Total Area contains values of totals and grand totals.

Customize Appearance of Individual Cells

You can override appearance settings of any Cross Tab cell individually. These settings have a higher priority over style settings.

Select one or more cells on the report surface and change appearance settings in the Properties panel.

Change a Cell’s Appearance Conditionally

You can use expression bindings to change a cell’s appearance based on a specific condition.

  1. Select a cell.
  2. Switch to the Expressions tab in the Properties panel.
  3. Locate a property in the Appearance section and click the ellipsis button.
  4. Specify an expression in the invoked Expression Editor. You can use the GroupRowIndex and GroupColumnIndex arguments to provide an appearance based on group indexes (for instance, define the background color for odd and even rows).

Expressions are evaluated when a report is previewed. The calculated appearance settings have the highest priority. They override a cell’s appearance settings and style settings.


The following code sample creates a new SqlDataSource, creates a report with the XRCrossTab control at runtime, and binds the Cross Tab control to data:

Cross Tab Report Created in Code

using DevExpress.DataAccess.ConnectionParameters;
using DevExpress.DataAccess.Sql;
using DevExpress.XtraPrinting;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.UI;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.UI.CrossTab;
using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;
// ...
private XtraReport CreateReport() {
    // Creates a blank report.
    XtraReport crossTabReport = new XtraReport() {
        VerticalContentSplitting = VerticalContentSplitting.Smart,
        HorizontalContentSplitting = HorizontalContentSplitting.Smart

    // Creates a detail band and adds it to the report.
    DetailBand detail = new DetailBand();

    // Creates a cross tab and adds it to the Detail band.
    XRCrossTab crossTab = new XRCrossTab();
    crossTab.PrintOptions.RepeatColumnHeaders = true;
    crossTab.PrintOptions.RepeatRowHeaders = true;

    // Creates a data source.
    SQLiteConnectionParameters connectionParameters = new SQLiteConnectionParameters(@"|DataDirectory|\nwind.db", "");
    SqlDataSource ds = new SqlDataSource(connectionParameters);

    // Creates an SQL query to access the SalesPerson view.
    SelectQuery query = SelectQueryFluentBuilder.AddTable("SalesPerson")

    // Binds the cross tab to data.
    crossTab.DataSource = ds;
    crossTab.DataMember = "SalesPerson";

    // Generates cross tab fields.
    crossTab.RowFields.Add(new CrossTabRowField() { FieldName = "CategoryName" });
    crossTab.RowFields.Add(new CrossTabRowField() { FieldName = "ProductName" });
    crossTab.ColumnFields.Add(new CrossTabColumnField() { FieldName = "Country" });
    crossTab.ColumnFields.Add(new CrossTabColumnField() { FieldName = "FullName" });
    crossTab.DataFields.Add(new CrossTabDataField() { FieldName = "Quantity" });
    crossTab.DataFields.Add(new CrossTabDataField() { FieldName = "ExtendedPrice" });
// ...
    // Adjusts the generated cells.
    foreach(var c in crossTab.ColumnDefinitions) {
        // Enables auto-width for all columns.
        c.AutoWidthMode = DevExpress.XtraReports.UI.AutoSizeMode.GrowOnly;

    foreach(XRCrossTabCell c in crossTab.Cells) {
        if(c.DataLevel == 1 && c.RowIndex != 2) {
            // Adjusts format string for the "Extended Price" cells.
            c.TextFormatString = "{0:c}";

    // Assigns styles to the cross tab.
    crossTab.CrossTabStyles.GeneralStyle = new XRControlStyle() { 
        Name = "Default",
        Borders = BorderSide.All,
        Padding = new PaddingInfo() { All = 2 }                
    crossTab.CrossTabStyles.DataAreaStyle = crossTab.CrossTabStyles.TotalAreaStyle = new XRControlStyle() {
        Name = "Data",
        TextAlignment = TextAlignment.TopRight
    crossTab.CrossTabStyles.HeaderAreaStyle = new XRControlStyle() {
        Name = "HeaderAndTotals",
        BackColor = Color.WhiteSmoke
    return crossTabReport;

View Example: Reporting for WinForms - Use XRCrossTab Control to Create Cross-Tab Report in Code

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