ActiveReports 17 .NET Edition
Report Authors: Designer Components / Report Controls / Section Report / Chart
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    In ActiveReports, you can use the Chart data region to present data graphically in a report. The chart offers you 17 core chart types along with all of their variations, plus access to properties that control every aspect of your chart's appearance.

    The Chart data region presents a series of points in different ways depending upon the chart type you choose. Some chart types display multiple series of data points in a single chart. Add more information to your chart by configuring data points, axes, titles, and labels. You can modify all of these elements in the Properties Panel.

    When you first drop a Chart data region onto a report, the Chart Wizard appears, and you can set up your chart type, appearance, series, titles, axes, and legend on the pages of the wizard. You can specify a data source on the Series page.

    Important Properties

    Property Description
    BlackAndWhiteMode Gets or sets a value indicating whether the chart is drawn in black and white using hatch patterns and line dashing to designate colors.
    AutoRefresh Gets or sets a value indicating whether the chart is automatically refreshed (redrawn) after every property change.
    Backdrop Gets or sets the chart's background style.
    ChartAreas Opens the ChartArea Collection Editor where you can set properties such as axes and wall ranges, and you can add more chart areas.
    ChartBorder Gets or sets the chart's border style.
    ColorPalette Gets or sets the chart's color palette.
    DataSource Gets or sets the data source for the chart.
    GridLayout Gets or sets the layout of the chart's areas in columns and rows. 
    Legends Opens the Legend Collection Editor where you can set up the chart's legends.
    Series Opens the Series Collection Editor where you can set up the series collection for the chart.
    Titles Opens the Titles Collection Editor where you can set up titles in the header and footer of the chart.
    UIOptions Gets or sets user interface features for the chart. Choose from None, ContextCustomize, UseCustomTooltips, or ForceHitTesting.
    Culture Gets or sets the chart's culture used for value output formatting.
    ImageType Sets or returns the image generated by the chart. Choose from Metafile or PNG. 

    Chart Commands and Dialogs

    With the control selected on the report, in the Commands section at the bottom of the Properties window, you can click any of the commands to open a dialog. Commands in this section include:

    Chart Elements

    The Chart elements help you to easily analyze the visual information and interpret numerical and relational data. The following image illustrates the elements that make up the Chart data region.

    Section Report Chart Elements

    Axis Label

    A label along an axis that lets you label the units being shown.

    Axis Title

    The axis title allows you to provide a title for the information being shown on the axis.

    Chart Backdrop

    The chart backdrop is the background for the whole chart that is created. You can create your own backdrop using the different styles and colors available or you can use an image as a backdrop for your chart.

    Chart Title

    The chart title serves as the title for the chart.

    Footer Title

    The footer title allows you to add a secondary title for the chart along the bottom.

    Grid Line

    Grid lines can occur on horizontal and vertical axes and normally correlate to the major or minor tick marks for the axes.


    The legend serves as a key to the specific colors or patterns being used to show series values in the chart.


    The marker is used to annotate a specific plotted point in a data series.

    Marker Label

    The marker label allows you to display the value of a specific plotted point in a data series.

    Major Tick

    Major tick marks can occur on horizontal and vertical axes and normally correlate to the major gridlines for the axes.

    Minor Tick

    Minor tick marks can occur on horizontal and vertical axes and normally correlate to the minor gridlines for the axes.


    The series is a related group of data values that are plotted on the chart. Each plotted point is a data point that reflects the specific values charted. Most charts, such as the above bar chart, can contain more than one series, while others, such as a pie chart, can contain only one.

    Wall Backdrop

    The wall is the back section of the chart on which data is plotted.

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