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Grouping Bar in ASP.NET MVC Pivot Table control

The Grouping Bar option in pivot table automatically populates fields from the bound data source and allows end users to drag fields between different axes such as columns, rows, values, and filters, and create pivot table at runtime. It can be enabled by setting the ShowGroupingBar property in PivotView class to true.

Similar to Field List, Grouping Bar UI also comes with basic interactions like,

  • Re-arranging fields through drag-and-drop operation between row, column, value and filter axes.
  • Remove fields from the existing report using remove icon.
  • Filtering members of specific fields using filter icon.
  • Sorting members of specific fields using sort icon.

The grouping bar provides some additional options to customize it’s UI using GroupingBarSettings property.

razor
groupingbar.cs
@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true).AllowLabelFilter(true).AllowValueFilter(true)
    .FormatSettings(formatsettings => 
    { 
        formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add(); 
    }).Rows(rows => 
    { 
        rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").Add(); 
    }).Columns(columns => 
    { 
        columns.Name("Year").Caption("Year").Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").Add(); 
    }).Values(values => 
    { 
        values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add(); 
    })).ShowGroupingBar(true).Render()
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

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Show or hide all filter icon

The Grouping Bar has an option to filter members of particular fields at runtime in pivot table. In-order to filter members in a field, click the filter icon and check/uncheck members that needs to be displayed. By default, filter icon besides each field is enabled in the grouping bar. To disable the filter icon, set the property ShowFilterIcon in PivotViewGroupingBarSettings class to false.

By default, the filter icon is enabled in the grouping bar.

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ShowFilter.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").GroupingBarSettings( new PivotViewGroupingBarSettings {
ShowFilterIcon =false }).DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).Render()
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

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Show or hide specific filter icon

To disable the filter icon for a specific field, set the property ShowFilterIcon to false to the corresponding field in PivotViewDataSourceSettings.

In the below sample, the filter icon of “Quarter” and “Products” fields have been hidden.

razor
ShowFilter.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").ShowFilterIcon(false).Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").ShowFilterIcon(false).Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).Render()
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

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Show or hide all sort icon

The Grouping Bar has an option to order members of a particular fields either in ascending or descending at runtime. In order to sort a field, click the sort icon and to reverse its sort direction, once again click the same sort icon. By default, the sort icon besides each field is enabled in the grouping bar and members will be arranged in ascending order. To disable the sort option, set the property ShowSortIcon in PivotViewGroupingBarSettings class to false.

By default, the sort icon is enabled in the grouping bar.

razor
ShowSort.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").GroupingBarSettings( new PivotViewGroupingBarSettings {
ShowSortIcon =false }).DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).Render()
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

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Show or hide specific sort icon

To disable the sort icon for a specific button, set the property ShowSortIcon to false to the corresponding field in PivotViewDataSourceSettings.

In the below sample, the sort icon of “Quarter” and “Country” fields have been hidden.

razor
ShowSort.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").ShowSortIcon(false).Add(); rows.Name("Products").Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").ShowSortIcon(false).Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).Render()
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

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Show or hide all remove icon

The Grouping Bar has an option to remove any field at runtime. To remove a field, just click the remove icon. By default, the remove icon besides each field is enabled in the grouping bar. To disable the remove icon, set the property ShowRemoveIcon in PivotViewGroupingBarSettings class to false.

By default, the remove icon is enabled in the grouping bar.

razor
ShowRemove.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").GroupingBarSettings( new PivotViewGroupingBarSettings {
ShowRemoveIcon =false }).DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).Render()
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

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Show or hide specific remove icon

To disable the remove icon for a specific button, set the property ShowRemoveIcon to false to the corresponding field in PivotViewDataSourceSettings.

In the below sample, the remove icon of fields “Year”, “Sold” and “Products” have been hidden.

razor
ShowRemove.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").ShowRemoveIcon(false).Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").ShowRemoveIcon(false).Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").ShowRemoveIcon(false).Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).Render()
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

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Disable all fields from dragging

The Grouping Bar has an option to drag-and-drop fields between row, column, value and filter axes in-order to change report at runtime. By default, all fields are available for drag-and-drop operation in the grouping bar. To disable these fields, set the property AllowDragAndDrop in PivotViewGroupingBarSettings class to false. This will prevent end user from changing the current report.

razor
drag.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").GroupingBarSettings( new PivotViewGroupingBarSettings {
AllowDragAndDrop =false }).DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).Render()
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

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Disable specific field from dragging

To disable dragging for a specific button, set the property AllowDragAndDrop to false to the corresponding field in PivotViewDataSourceSettings.

In the below sample, the drag and drop of the fields “Year” and “Products” have been restricted.

razor
drag.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").AllowDragAndDrop(false).Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").AllowDragAndDrop(false).Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).Render()
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

Changing aggregation type of value fields at runtime

End user can perform calculations over a group of values using the aggregation option. The value fields bound to the field list, appears with a dropdown icon, helps to select an appropriate aggregation type at runtime. On selection, the values in the Pivot Table will be changed dynamically. By default, the icon to set aggregation type is enabled in the grouping bar. To disable this icon, set the property ShowValueTypeIcon in PivotViewGroupingBarSettings class to false. To know more about aggregation, refer here.

razor
aggregation.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").GroupingBarSettings( new PivotViewGroupingBarSettings {
AllowDragAndDrop =false }).DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).Render()
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

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Show or hide specific dropdown icon

To disable the dropdown icon for a specific button, set the property ShowValueTypeIcon to false to the corresponding field in PivotViewDataSourceSettings.

In the below sample, the dropdown icon of field “Sold” is hidden.

razor
aggregation-specific.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").ShowValueTypeIcon(false).Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).Render()
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

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The property ShowFilterIcon, ShowSortIcon, ShowValueTypeIcon and AllowDragAndDrop in fields of PivotViewDataSourceSettings are applicable for both grouping bar and field list.

Event

OnFieldDropped

The event OnFieldDropped fires on whenever a field is dropped over an axis.

It has following parameters - DroppedAxis, DroppedField and DataSourceSettings. In this sample we have modified the DroppedField caption based on the DroppedAxis.

razor
field-dropped.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).OnFieldDropped("onFieldDropped").Render()

<script>
    function onFieldDropped(args) {
        args.droppedField.caption = args.droppedField.name + " --> " + args.droppedAxis;        
    }
</script>
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

FieldDragStart

The event FieldDragStart fires whenever a field drag starts from its axis. It allows the user to restrict the drag operation based on its parameters. It has the following parameters

  • fieldName: It holds the name of the appropriate field.
  • fieldItem: It holds the complete definition of the appropriate field mentioned in data source settings.
  • axis: It holds the axis name where the draggable field lies.
  • cancel: It is a boolean property and by setting this to true, user can restrict the field from dragging.

In the below sample, the drag operation for the fields in row axis alone is restricted.

razor
field-drag-start.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).FieldDragStart("fieldDragStart").Render()

<script>
    function fieldDragStart(args) {
      if(args.axis === 'rows') {
        args.cancel = true;
      }        
    }
</script>
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

FieldDrop

The event FieldDrop fires whenever a field is dropped into an axis. It allows the user to restrict the drop operation based on its parameters. It has the following parameters

  • fieldName: It holds the name of the appropriate field.
  • dropField: It holds the complete definition of the appropriate field mentioned in data source settings.
  • draggedAxis: It holds the axis name from where dragging was started.
  • dropAxis: It holds the axis name where the field is dropped.
  • dropPosition: It holds the dropped index among other existing fields in the axis.
  • dataSourceSettings: It holds complete pivot report.
  • cancel: It is a boolean property and by setting this to true, user can restrict the field from being dropped.

In the below sample, dropping of any fields in value axis alone is restricted.

razor
field-drop.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).FieldDrop("fieldDrop").Render()

<script>
    function fieldDrop(args) {
        if(args.dropAxis === 'values') {
              args.cancel = true;
        }      
    }
</script>
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

FieldRemove

The event FieldRemove fires when removing any field from their axis. It helps the user to limit the elimination of a field based on its parameters. It has the following parameters

  • fieldName: It holds the name of the field to be removed.
  • fieldItem: It holds the complete definition of the appropriate field mentioned in data source settings.
  • axis: It holds the name of the axis from where it is to remove the field.
  • dataSourceSettings: It holds complete pivot report.
  • cancel: It is a boolean property and by setting this to true, user can restrict the field from removing.

In the below sample, the field “Country” could not be removed from report by any UI operations.

razor
field-remove.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).FieldRemove("fieldRemove").Render()

<script>
   function fieldRemove(args) {
        if(args.fieldName === 'Country') {
            args.cancel = true;
        }
    }
</script>
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

AggregateMenuOpen

The event AggregateMenuOpen fires while clicking dropdown icon of the value field button UI. It allows to customize the aggregate types to be displayed in the dropdown menu. It has the following parameters

  • fieldName: It holds the name of the field that opens the aggregate menu.
  • aggregateTypes: It holds the aggregation types set for a field.
  • cancel: It is a boolean property and by setting this to true, dropdown menu won’t be displayed.

In the below sample, the aggregate types of the field “Amount” has been customized in it’s dropdown menu.

razor
aggregation-menu-open.cs
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.PivotView

@Html.EJS().PivotView("PivotView").Width("100%").Height("300").DataSourceSettings(dataSource => dataSource.DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewBag.DataSource).ExpandAll(false).EnableSorting(true)
.FormatSettings(formatsettings =>
{
formatsettings.Name("Amount").Format("C0").MaximumSignificantDigits(10).MinimumSignificantDigits(1).UseGrouping(true).Add();
}).Rows(rows =>
{
rows.Name("Country").Add(); rows.Name("Products").Add();
}).Columns(columns =>
{
columns.Name("Year").Add(); columns.Name("Quarter").Add();
}).Values(values =>
{
values.Name("Sold").Caption("Units Sold").Add(); values.Name("Amount").Caption("Sold Amount").Add();
})).ShowGroupingBar(true).AggregateMenuOpen("aggregateMenuOpen").Render()

<script>
  function  aggregateMenuOpen(args) {
        if(args.fieldName === 'Amount') {
            args.aggregateTypes = ['Sum','Avg','Max'];
        }
    }
</script>
public ActionResult Index()
{
    var data = GetPivotData();
    ViewBag.DataSource = data;
    return View();
}

The events AggregateMenuOpen, FieldRemove, FieldDrop, FieldDragStart and OnFieldDropped are applicable for both grouping bar and field list.

See Also