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In ActiveReports, you can use the ChartControl 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 ChartControl 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 Window.

When you first drop a ChartControl 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.

ShowImportant 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:

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