Telerik UI for Windows 8 HTML

The explode state of the sectors in Pie and Donut series is controlled by the explode field that they are bound to. By default, the explode field is not connected to user interaction with the chart. One way to implement behavior that explodes the clicked sector, is to modify the respective values in the chart data source in the seriesclick event.


Note that this approach is mostly valid for a chart bound to local data or a static object populated (once or at a certain time interval) from remote data. This is due to the need to modify one of the fields values on the fly to provide the desired result.


You can use the exact same approach, shown below, with Donut series.


  1. The code snippet below declares a simple pie chart, bound to a static data source, which defines sectors to explode, based on the value of the Highlight field.

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    <div id="pieChart" data-win-control="Telerik.UI.RadChart" data-win-options="{
        series: [{
        type: 'pie',
        field: 'Value',
        explodeField: 'Highlighted',
        labels: {
          visible: true,
          template: '#=dataItem.Employee # (#=dataItem.Value# %)'
    dataSource: {
            data: [
            { Value: 26.6, Employee: 'Maria Anders', Change: 2, Highlighted: false },
            { Value: 23, Employee: 'Ana Trujillo', Change: -3, Highlighted: false },
            { Value: 16.7, Employee: 'Antonio Moreno', Change: -4, Highlighted: false },
            { Value: 20, Employee: 'Thomas Hardy', Change: 3, Highlighted: false },
            { Value: 15.7, Employee: 'Christina Berglund', Change: 2, Highlighted: false}
    onseriesclick: eventHandlers.seriesClick,
    transitions: false,
    title: {
        text: 'Sales per employee',
        font: '18pt times'
    width: 700
    <div id="info" style="display: none; margin: 50px;">
        Sales for 2011 by 
        <span id="employee" style="color: #2755c2"></span>: 
        <span id="value" style="color: #3a7113"></span>
        (<span id="change"></span>)
  2. In JavaScript, handle the onseriesclick event to access the dataItem of the current sector, as well as the data source of the whole chart. First, set all explode values to false and then switch only the one for the current sector to true.

  3. Finally, you can access additional data from the current data item and display it through formatted text to the user.

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WinJS.Namespace.define("eventHandlers", {
    seriesClick: WinJS.Utilities.markSupportedForProcessing(function (e) {
        var dataItem = e.dataItem;
        var dataItems =;
        //setting the explode value of all sectors to false
        for (var i = 0; i < dataItems.length; i++) {
            dataItems[i].Highlighted = false;
        //exploding the currently selected sector
        dataItem.Highlighted = true;;
        //populating the information area below the chart
        document.getElementById("info").style.display = "";
        document.getElementById("employee").innerText = dataItem.Employee;
        document.getElementById("value").innerText = dataItem.Value + "%";
        var changeSpan = document.getElementById("change");
        if (dataItem.Change > 0) {
   = "green";
            changeSpan.innerText = "+" + dataItem.Change + "%";
        else {
   = "red";
            changeSpan.innerText = dataItem.Change + "%";


The result is shown in the image below:

Explode pie series on click

This implementation is part of our SDK Examples and is available for download at the following link: Telerik Windows 8 HTML SDK under Chart/ExplodingPieChartOnSeriesClick.

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