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Data Fields

The data fields of the DataForm are the rows representing the properties of the underlying data object.

A data field is auto-generated for each property in the current data item and contains a label showing the property name and an editor that allows the changing of the value. Based on the property data type, the proper data field type is created.

The DataForm supports the following types of data field implementations, which provide different editors.

  • DataFormDataField—Used for editing string properties. The editor is a TextBox. Any data type that doesn't have a dedicated editor will use this data field type.
  • DataFormCheckBoxData—Used for editing bool properties. The editor is a CheckBox control.
  • DataFormComboBoxField—Used for editing enum values. The editor is a ComboBox populated with a collection containing all values from the enum.
  • DataFormDateField—Used for editing properties of type DateTime. The editor is a RadDateTimePicker.

Modifying Auto-Generated Data Fields

To access the auto-generated fields, you can use the AutoGeneratingField event. The event arguments provide access to the currently generated data field object, which can be adjusted accordingly to your needs.

Use the AutoGeneratingField Event

private void dataForm_AutoGeneratingField(object sender, Telerik.UI.Xaml.Controls.Data.DataForm.AutoGeneratingFieldEventArgs e) 
    if (e.PropertyName == "FirstName") 
        e.DataField.Label = "First Name"; 
To avoid the creation of a specific data field, use the Cancel property of the event arguments.

Cancel Data Field Creation

private void dataForm_AutoGeneratingField(object sender, Telerik.UI.Xaml.Controls.Data.DataForm.AutoGeneratingFieldEventArgs e) 
    if (e.PropertyName == "FirstName") 
        e.Cancel = true; 

Defining Data Fields Manually

To gain more control over the created data fields, disable the auto-generation by setting the AutoGenerateFields property of the DataForm to false and define the data fields manually by using the ReadOnlyTemplate and EditTemplate properties to add the custom data field elements.

Manual Data Fields Definition

<telerik:RadDataForm AutoGenerateFields="False"> 
                <telerik:DataFormDataField Label="Name" LabelPosition="Beside" IsReadOnly="True" DataMemberBinding="{Binding Name, Mode=TwoWay}" /> 
                <telerik:DataFormCheckBoxField Label="Checked" IsReadOnly="True" LabelPosition="Beside" DataMemberBinding="{Binding IsChecked, Mode=TwoWay}" /> 
                <telerik:DataFormDateField Label="Date" IsReadOnly="True" LabelPosition="Beside" DataMemberBinding="{Binding Date, Mode=TwoWay}" /> 
                <telerik:DataFormDataField Label="Name" LabelPosition="Beside" DataMemberBinding="{Binding Name, Mode=TwoWay}" /> 
                <telerik:DataFormCheckBoxField Label="Is Checked" LabelPosition="Beside" DataMemberBinding="{Binding IsChecked, Mode=TwoWay}" /> 
                <telerik:DataFormDateField Label="Date" LabelPosition="Beside" DataMemberBinding="{Binding Date, Mode=TwoWay}" /> 
Manually Defined Data Fields

The binding to the model property behind each field is created with the DataMemberBinding property of the data field.

To mark a data field as read-only, set its IsReadOnly property.

Setting Label Position

By default, the data field labels are positioned above the editor. To change their location , set the LabelPosition property of the DataFormDataField element to Beside.

Set the LabelPosition

<telerik:DataFormDataField DataMemberBinding="{Binding Name, Mode=TwoWay}" Label="Name" LabelPosition="Beside"/> 
DataForm with Defined LabelPosition

Showing Data-Field Description

Each data field object exposes a Description property that is used to provide additional information about the property. The information is shown in a tooltip that appears on hovering over the question mark icon next to the data field editor.

Show the Description of a Data Field

<telerik:DataFormDataField DataMemberBinding="{Binding Name, Mode=TwoWay}" Description="This is the data field description."/> 
DataForm Displaying Its Data-Field Description

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