Excel spreadsheet library for C#/VB.NET

ExpertXls Excel Spreadsheet Library for .NET

Create Excel Spreadsheets in ASP.NET / C#

Accessing Cells and Ranges with ExpertXls Excel Library for .NET

This sample shows how to access the ranges and cells from a worksheet. The ranges and cells can be accessed using the A1 notation or can be referenced directly using the row and column indexes. Also it is possible to assign a name to a range and access that range by the assigned name.
To create the Excel workbook first select the format of the generated workbook and press the Create Workbook button. The Excel workbook will be created on the server and sent as an attachment to the browser. You will be prompted to open the generated workbook in an external viewer. ExpertXls library can generate both XLS and XLSX files.
Workbook Format:
Create Workbook Button Create Excel Workbook
Source Code:

using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Collections;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Security;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;

using System.Drawing;
using ExpertXls.ExcelLib;

public partial class RangesAndCells : System.Web.UI.Page
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)

    protected void lnkBtnCreateWorkbook_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        // get the Excel workbook format
        ExcelWorkbookFormat workbookFormat = radioXlsFormat.Checked ? ExcelWorkbookFormat.Xls_2003 : ExcelWorkbookFormat.Xlsx_2007;

        // create the workbook in the desired format with a single worksheet
        ExcelWorkbook workbook = new ExcelWorkbook(workbookFormat);

        // set the license key before saving the workbook
        //workbook.LicenseKey = "your license key here";

        // set workbook description properties
        workbook.DocumentProperties.Subject = "Accessing Ranges and Cells";
        workbook.DocumentProperties.Comments = "Accessing Ranges and Cells using ExpertXls Excel library for .NET";


        #region Add a style used for the cells in the worksheet title area

        ExcelCellStyle titleStyle = workbook.Styles.AddStyle("WorksheetTitleStyle");
        // center the text in the title area
        titleStyle.Alignment.HorizontalAlignment = ExcelCellHorizontalAlignmentType.Center;
        titleStyle.Alignment.VerticalAlignment = ExcelCellVerticalAlignmentType.Center;
        // set the title area borders
        titleStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Bottom].Color = Color.Green;
        titleStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Bottom].LineStyle = ExcelCellLineStyle.Medium;
        titleStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Top].Color = Color.Green;
        titleStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Top].LineStyle = ExcelCellLineStyle.Medium;
        titleStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Left].Color = Color.Green;
        titleStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Left].LineStyle = ExcelCellLineStyle.Medium;
        titleStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Right].Color = Color.Green;
        titleStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Right].LineStyle = ExcelCellLineStyle.Medium;
        if (workbookFormat == ExcelWorkbookFormat.Xls_2003)
            // set the solid fill for the title area range with a custom color
            titleStyle.Fill.FillType = ExcelCellFillType.SolidFill;
            titleStyle.Fill.SolidFillOptions.BackColor = Color.FromArgb(255, 255, 204);
            // set the gradient fill for the title area range with a custom color
            titleStyle.Fill.FillType = ExcelCellFillType.GradientFill;
            titleStyle.Fill.GradientFillOptions.Color1 = Color.FromArgb(255, 255, 204);
            titleStyle.Fill.GradientFillOptions.Color2 = Color.White;
        // set the title area font 
        titleStyle.Font.Size = 14;
        titleStyle.Font.Bold = true;
        titleStyle.Font.UnderlineType = ExcelCellUnderlineType.Single;


        #region Add a style used for text messages

        ExcelCellStyle textMessageStyle = workbook.Styles.AddStyle("TextMessageStyle");
        textMessageStyle.Font.Size = 12;
        textMessageStyle.Font.Bold = true;
        textMessageStyle.Alignment.VerticalAlignment = ExcelCellVerticalAlignmentType.Center;
        textMessageStyle.Alignment.HorizontalAlignment = ExcelCellHorizontalAlignmentType.Left;
        textMessageStyle.Fill.FillType = ExcelCellFillType.SolidFill;
        textMessageStyle.Fill.SolidFillOptions.BackColor = Color.LightBlue;
        textMessageStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Bottom].LineStyle = ExcelCellLineStyle.Thin;
        textMessageStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Top].LineStyle = ExcelCellLineStyle.Thin;
        textMessageStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Left].LineStyle = ExcelCellLineStyle.Thin;
        textMessageStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Right].LineStyle = ExcelCellLineStyle.Thin;


        #region Add a style used for accessed cells and ranges

        ExcelCellStyle accessedRangeStyle = workbook.Styles.AddStyle("ΑccessedRangeStyle");
        accessedRangeStyle.Font.Size = 10;
        accessedRangeStyle.Font.Bold = true;
        accessedRangeStyle.Alignment.VerticalAlignment = ExcelCellVerticalAlignmentType.Center;
        accessedRangeStyle.Alignment.HorizontalAlignment = ExcelCellHorizontalAlignmentType.Left;
        accessedRangeStyle.Fill.FillType = ExcelCellFillType.SolidFill;
        accessedRangeStyle.Fill.SolidFillOptions.BackColor = Color.FromArgb(204, 255, 204);
        accessedRangeStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Bottom].LineStyle = ExcelCellLineStyle.Thin;
        accessedRangeStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Top].LineStyle = ExcelCellLineStyle.Thin;
        accessedRangeStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Left].LineStyle = ExcelCellLineStyle.Thin;
        accessedRangeStyle.Borders[ExcelCellBorderIndex.Right].LineStyle = ExcelCellLineStyle.Thin;



        // get the first worksheet in the workbook
        ExcelWorksheet worksheet = workbook.Worksheets[0];

        // set the default worksheet name
        worksheet.Name = "Access Ranges And Cells Demo";

        #region WORKSHEET PAGE SETUP

        // set worksheet paper size and orientation, margins, header and footer
        worksheet.PageSetup.PaperSize = ExcelPagePaperSize.PaperA4;
        worksheet.PageSetup.Orientation = ExcelPageOrientation.Landscape;
        worksheet.PageSetup.LeftMargin = 1;
        worksheet.PageSetup.RightMargin = 1;
        worksheet.PageSetup.TopMargin = 1;
        worksheet.PageSetup.BottomMargin = 1;

        // add header and footer

        //display a logo image in the left part of the header
        string imagesPath = System.IO.Path.Combine(Server.MapPath("~"), @"Images");
        System.Drawing.Image logoImg = System.Drawing.Image.FromFile(System.IO.Path.Combine(imagesPath, "logo.jpg"));
        worksheet.PageSetup.LeftHeaderFormat = "&G";
        worksheet.PageSetup.LeftHeaderPicture = logoImg;
        // display worksheet name in the right part of the header
        worksheet.PageSetup.RightHeaderFormat = "&A";

        // add worksheet header and footer
        // display the page number in the center part of the footer
        worksheet.PageSetup.CenterFooterFormat = "&P";
        // display the workbook file name in the left part of the footer
        worksheet.PageSetup.LeftFooterFormat = "&F";
        // display the current date in the right part of the footer
        worksheet.PageSetup.RightFooterFormat = "&D";



        // merge the cells in the range to create the title area 
        // gets the merged range containing the top left cell of the range
        ExcelRange titleRange = worksheet["A2"].MergeArea;
        // set the text of title area
        worksheet["A2"].Text = "Accessing Cells and Ranges of Cells";

        // set a row height of 18 points for each row in the range
        titleRange.RowHeightInPoints = 18;
        // set the worksheet top title style
        titleRange.Style = titleStyle;



        //set column width
        worksheet["A1:G1"].ColumnWidthInChars = 14;

        worksheet["A5:G5"].Style = textMessageStyle;
        worksheet["A5:G5"].Value = "Access a single cell using the 'A1' notation:";

        // access a single cell using the A1 notation
        worksheet["A7"].Value = "sheet[A7]";
        worksheet["A7"].Style = accessedRangeStyle;

        worksheet["A9:G9"].Style = textMessageStyle;
        worksheet["A9:G9"].Value = "Access a range of cells using the 'A1' notation:";

        //access a range of cells using the A1 notation
        worksheet["A11:G12"].Value = "sheet[A11:G12]";
        worksheet["A11:G12"].Style = accessedRangeStyle;

        worksheet["A14:G14"].Style = textMessageStyle;
        worksheet["A14:G14"].Value = "Access a single cell using row and column index:";

        // access a cell by one-based row and column index
        worksheet[16, 1].Value = "sheet[16,1]";
        worksheet[16, 1].Style = accessedRangeStyle;

        worksheet["A18:G18"].Style = textMessageStyle;
        worksheet["A18:G18"].Value = "Access a range of cells using row and column index:";

        // access a range of cells by one-based row and column index
        worksheet[20, 1, 21, 7].Value = "sheet[20,1,21,7]";
        worksheet[20, 1, 21, 7].Style = accessedRangeStyle;

        worksheet["A23:G23"].Style = textMessageStyle;
        worksheet["A23:G23"].Value = "Access a range of cells using a named range defined at worksheet or workbook level:";

        // access a range of cells using a named range

        // a named range defined at worksheet level can be referenced only inside the worksheet where it is defined
        // a named range defined at workbook level can referenced by all the worksheets in the workbook

        // add a named range at worksheet level
        ExcelNamedRange worksheetNamedRange = worksheet.NamedRanges.AddNamedRange(worksheet["A25"], "MyWSNamedRange");
        worksheet["MyWSNamedRange"].Value = "Named Range in Worksheet";
        worksheet["MyWSNamedRange"].Style.Font.Color = Color.Green;
        worksheet["MyWSNamedRange"].Style.Font.Bold = true;

        // add a named range at wotkbook level
        ExcelNamedRange workbookNamedRange = workbook.NamedRanges.AddNamedRange(worksheet["A26"], "MyWBNamedRange");
        worksheet["MyWBNamedRange"].Value = "Named Range in Workbook";
        worksheet["MyWBNamedRange"].Style.Font.Color = Color.Green;
        worksheet["MyWBNamedRange"].Style.Font.Bold = true;

        // Get the used range of the worksheet

        worksheet["A28:G28"].Style = textMessageStyle;
        worksheet["A28:G28"].Value = "Get the Used Range of the worksheet:";

        // access a cell by one-based row and column index
        worksheet[30, 1].Style.Font.Color = Color.Green;
        worksheet[30, 1].Style.Font.Bold = true;
        worksheet[30, 1].Value = worksheet.UsedRange.Address;



        // Save the Excel document in the current HTTP response stream

        string outFileName = workbookFormat == ExcelWorkbookFormat.Xls_2003 ? "RangesAndCels.xls" : "RangesAndCels.xlsx";

        System.Web.HttpResponse httpResponse = System.Web.HttpContext.Current.Response;

        // Prepare the HTTP response stream for saving the Excel document

        // Clear any data that might have been previously buffered in the output stream

        // Set output stream content type for Excel 97-2003 (.xls) or Excel 2007-2013 (.xlsx)
        if (workbookFormat == ExcelWorkbookFormat.Xls_2003)
            httpResponse.ContentType = "Application/x-msexcel";
            httpResponse.ContentType = "Application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet";

        // Add the HTTP header to announce the Excel document either as an attachment or inline
        httpResponse.AddHeader("Content-Disposition", String.Format("attachment; filename={0}", outFileName));

        // Save the workbook to the current HTTP response output stream
        // and close the workbook after save to release all the allocated resources
        catch (Exception ex)
            // report any error that might occur during save
            Session["ErrorMessage"] = ex.Message;
            // close the workbook and release the allocated resources

            #region Dispose the Image object
            if (logoImg != null)


        // End the response and finish the execution of this page


ExpertXls Excel Spreadsheet Library for .NET