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How to excel chart in C# picturebox

The following C# program shows , how to get the Excel chart image in a Picture Box .

The following C# source code using Microsoft Excel 12.0 Object Library .In the previous section we saw how to import Microsoft Excel 12.0 Object Library in the CSharp project .

Create Excel file from CSharp

Before we crating a Chart , we have to fill the data in Excel sheet. Here we are filling the data in excel sheet through CSharp program. After fill the data in your Excel sheet its look like the following picture.

csharp-excel-chart-data

After fill the data in excel sheet through CSharp program , We have to create a chart object through C# program and configure the Chart object with necessary data like positions , size , data range , chart type etc.and use the command for export chart as picture file , then load the picture from the path to picture box

  chartPage.Export(@"C:\excel_chart_export.bmp", "BMP", misValue);
  pictureBox1.Image = new Bitmap(@"C:\excel_chart_export.bmp");

The following picture shows the program screen after drawing the picture

csharp-excel-chart-picturebox



using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using Excel = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel; 

namespace WindowsApplication1
{
    public partial class Form1 : Form
    {
        public Form1()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            Excel.Application xlApp ;
            Excel.Workbook xlWorkBook ;
            Excel.Worksheet xlWorkSheet ;
            object misValue = System.Reflection.Missing.Value;

            xlApp = new Excel.Application();
            xlWorkBook = xlApp.Workbooks.Add(misValue);
            xlWorkSheet = (Excel.Worksheet)xlWorkBook.Worksheets.get_Item(1);

            //add data 
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[1, 1] = "";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[1, 2] = "Student1";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[1, 3] = "Student2";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[1, 4] = "Student3";

            xlWorkSheet.Cells[2, 1] = "Term1";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[2, 2] = "80";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[2, 3] = "65";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[2, 4] = "45";

            xlWorkSheet.Cells[3, 1] = "Term2";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[3, 2] = "78";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[3, 3] = "72";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[3, 4] = "60";

            xlWorkSheet.Cells[4, 1] = "Term3";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[4, 2] = "82";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[4, 3] = "80";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[4, 4] = "65";

            xlWorkSheet.Cells[5, 1] = "Term4";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[5, 2] = "75";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[5, 3] = "82";
            xlWorkSheet.Cells[5, 4] = "68";

            Excel.Range chartRange ;

            Excel.ChartObjects xlCharts = (Excel.ChartObjects)xlWorkSheet.ChartObjects(Type.Missing);
            Excel.ChartObject myChart = (Excel.ChartObject)xlCharts.Add(10, 80, 300, 250);
            Excel.Chart chartPage = myChart.Chart;

            chartRange = xlWorkSheet.get_Range("A1", "d5");
            chartPage.SetSourceData(chartRange, misValue);
            chartPage.ChartType = Excel.XlChartType.xlColumnClustered;

            //export chart as picture file
            chartPage.Export(@"C:\excel_chart_export.bmp", "BMP", misValue);

            //load picture to picturebox
            pictureBox1.Image = new Bitmap(@"C:\excel_chart_export.bmp");

            xlWorkBook.SaveAs("csharp.net-informations.xls", Excel.XlFileFormat.xlWorkbookNormal, misValue, misValue, misValue, misValue, Excel.XlSaveAsAccessMode.xlExclusive, misValue, misValue, misValue, misValue, misValue);
            xlWorkBook.Close(true, misValue, misValue);
            xlApp.Quit();

            releaseObject(xlWorkSheet);
            releaseObject(xlWorkBook);
            releaseObject(xlApp);

            MessageBox.Show("Excel file created , you can find the file c:\\csharp-Excel.xls");
        }

        private void releaseObject(object obj)
        {
            try
            {
                System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ReleaseComObject(obj);
                obj = null;
            }
            catch (Exception ex)
            {
                obj = null;
                MessageBox.Show("Exception Occured while releasing object " + ex.ToString());
            }
            finally
            {
                GC.Collect();
            }
        }

    }
}






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