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How to: Format a Cell or Range of Cells

Besides using styles that provide the capability to apply a predefined set of format attributes to multiple cells, you can also extend cell formatting with some explicit attributes. To perform direct cell formatting, use the Range object properties that are inherited from the Formatting interface (for example, Formatting.Fill, Formatting.Font, Formatting.Alignment and Formatting.Borders). Initially, these properties are set according to the style applied to the cell.

Thus, the actual cell appearance is determined by the format settings specified by the applied style and the cell's format settings. Each of these formatting types provides a set of flags (Formatting.Flags). Each flag corresponds to a specific group of format attributes. You can use these flags when formatting a cell, to control whether to use attributes specified in the applied style or attributes specified directly for the cell.

Group

Attributes

Flag

Alignment Horizontal and vertical alignment of cell content, indentation and text wrap. StyleFlags.Alignment
Borders Cell border line styles and colors. StyleFlags.Borders
Fill Cell background color. StyleFlags.Fill
Font Cell font settings (name, style, color and size). StyleFlags.Font
Number Format Cell number format. StyleFlags.Number
Protection Cell protection options (Locked and Hidden). StyleFlags.Protection

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A complete sample project is available in the DevExpress Code Examples database at http://www.devexpress.com/example=E4655.

This example demonstrates how to format cells in a worksheet.

The image below shows formatted cells.

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