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Unbound Fields

The Pivot Grid supports bound and unbound fields. Bound fields obtain their data from a pivot grid's data source. Unbound fields are the fields that are not bound to any field in the Pivot Grid Control's data source. These fields are also known as calculated. Unbound fields support the same data-related operations as bound fields. They can be sorted, grouped and filtered in the same manner. When printing or exporting the Pivot Grid, the contents of the unbound fields will be exported as well.

This topic describes how to create and provide data for unbound fields. The following subsections comprise the topic.

Expanded Create Unbound Fields

To create an unbound field, follow the steps below.

  1. Create a new Pivot Grid field (a PivotGridField object).

  2. Set a unique field name using the PivotGridFieldBase.UnboundFieldName property.

  3. To make the created field unbound, specify its PivotGridFieldBase.UnboundType property. To do this, select one of the UnboundColumnType values that correspond to the field's data type. Note, that if the field's PivotGridFieldBase.UnboundType property is set to UnboundColumnType.Bound, it's assumed that this field is not unbound, but rather bound to a specific field in the data source specified by the PivotGridFieldBase.FieldName property.

  4. Add the created field to the PivotGridControl.Fields collection.

Now the unbound field is ready for use and you need to provide data for this field.

Expanded Provide Data

To calculate custom values based on other field values, you need to populate unbound fields with data. You can do this using two ways.


Providing data for unbound fields is not supported in OLAP mode.

Expanded Providing Data using the CustomUnboundFieldData Event

The PivotGridControl.CustomUnboundFieldData event allows you to implement complex algorithms and provide data for unbound fields. The PivotGrid control fires the PivotGridControl.CustomUnboundFieldData event for each unbound field and for each row in the data source. The currently processed row is identified by the CustomFieldDataEventArgsBase<T>.ListSourceRowIndex property, which specifies the row's index in the data source. The current unbound field is identified by the CustomFieldDataEventArgsBase<T>.Field property. To provide a custom value, set the CustomFieldDataEventArgsBase<T>.Value property.

You may want to retrieve values from specific fields and rows in the data source. To do this, use the CustomFieldDataEventArgsBase<T>.GetListSourceColumnValue method.


The PivotGridControl.CustomUnboundFieldData event is not supported in server and OLAP modes.

How to: Add an Unbound Field to Supply Additional Data

Expanded Providing Data using an Unbound Expression

You can provide data for unbound fields by creating an expression using the PivotGridFieldBase.UnboundExpression property. You can use constants, various functions and operators in expressions. To see a full list of expression operators, refer to the Expression Operators, Functions and Constants topic. To refer to a bound field when creating an unbound expression, use the PivotGridFieldBase.FieldName property.

An end-user can edit a field's expression using the Expression Editor at runtime. For this, ensure that the PivotGridFieldOptionsEx.ShowUnboundExpressionMenu option is enabled. When changing the PivotGridFieldBase.UnboundExpression property, the PivotGridControl.FieldUnboundExpressionChanged event fires.

The following code demonstrates how to create a simple unbound field and populate it with data using an unbound expression.

Unbound expressions can be calculated in a different mode. To learn more, see the Unbound Expression Mode section.

Expanded Unbound Expression Mode

Unbound expressions can be calculated in different ways.

  • Against summary values
  • Against values stored in the underlying data source
  • Using aggregates

To specify the mode for a particular field, use the PivotGridFieldBase.UnboundExpressionMode property. By default, the unbound expression is calculated against each data source record, and then the resulting values are summarized. To calculate the expression against summary values, set the UnboundExpressionMode.UseSummaryValues mode. If you want to calculate an unbound expression using aggregates, set the PivotGridFieldBase.UnboundExpressionMode property to UnboundExpressionMode.UseAggregateFunctions.

The image below shows the PivotGrid control with the drill down form demonstrating underlying data source records corresponding to a processed cell. The 'Price Per Unit' column is unbound, and the expression is specified as [Extended Price] / [Quantity].

The following table demonstrates how the unbound expression will be calculated depending on unbound expression mode.

UnboundExpressionMode Enumeration Value Description
UnboundExpressionMode.DataSource The 'ExtendedPrice' and 'Quantity' are the names of the corresponding data source columns. The unbound expression is calculated against each data source record, and then the resulting values are summarized. The 'Price Per Unit' column value in the 'Gravad lax' row will be calculated as follows:

[ExtendedPrice] / [Quantity] = 20.8 / 1 + 582.4 / 28 + 208 / 10 + 421.2 / 18 + 1248 / 60 + 208 / 8 = 132.6

UnboundExpressionMode.UseSummaryValues The 'fieldExtendedPrice' and 'fieldQuantity' are the names of the data fields shown in the image above. The expression is calculated against summary values, as follows:

[fieldExtendedPrice] / [fieldQuantity] = (20.8 + 582.4 + 208 + 421.2 + 1248 + 208) / (1 + 28 + 10 + 18 + 60 + 8) = 2688.4 / 125 = 21.5

UnboundExpressionMode.UseAggregateFunctions The expression is calculated using aggregates. The ExtendedPrice and Quantity are the names of corresponding data source columns.

Sum([ExtendedPrice]) / Sum([Quantity]) = (20.8 + 582.4 + 208 + 421.2 + 1248 + 208) / (1 + 28 + 10 + 18 + 60 + 8) = 2688.4 / 125 = 21.5


To specify the unbound expressions mode for all data fields, use the PivotGridOptionsData.DataFieldUnboundExpressionMode property.


Unbound expressions evaluated against hidden fields and fields located in the Filter Area return the 'Error' value if the PivotGridFieldBase.UnboundExpressionMode property is set to UnboundExpressionMode.UseSummaryValues, because summary values for these fields are not calculated.

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