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Speedup MSChart Clear Data Points

, 30 Apr 2012 MIT
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Problem StatementClearing data points in MSChart is known to be very slow. SolutionHowever, there is a work around for this problem.Suggested work around from link stated

Problem Statement

Clearing data points in MSChart is known to be very slow.


However, there is a work around for this problem. Suggested work around from link stated above is as below:

public void ClearPointsQuick()
    while (Points.Count > 0)
        Points.RemoveAt(Points.Count - 1);
    Points.Clear(); //NOTE 1

Extension method implementation is as below:

internal static class MSChartExtension
    public static void ClearPoints(this Series sender)
        while (sender.Points.Count > 0)
            sender.Points.RemoveAt(sender.Points.Count - 1);
        sender.Points.Clear(); //NOTE 1

(NOTE 1) I added one additional line Points.Clear() at the end of the function to ensure the chart axis updated correctly on next plot. Without adding this line, I observed that previous axis settings will be used when plotting new data points right after calling ClearPoints().

See Also

MSChart Extension: An extension package for MSChart component which contains this fixes and others features.

Revision History

31/03/2012: Added additional line to force axis update on next plot (NOTE 1).
12/03/2012: Initial released.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The MIT License


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Malaysia Malaysia

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