Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Excel and DataGridView in .Net

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Here is a sample code to populate data from excel sheet into DataGridView like this:

One can populate the data in multiple ways one of which is explained here. Note the DataGridView.AutoGenerateColumn property which is not visible in designer because of it Browsable attribute being false. Thus if you have 10 columns in excel but you are interested in showing only 3 columns, here is how you can do it...

// Code for form1.cs

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.OleDb;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace WindowsApplication1
public partial class Form1 : Form
public Form1 ()

private void Form1_Load (object sender,EventArgs e)
DataTable sampleDataTable = new DataTable();

OleDbConnection aConnection = new OleDbConnection(
@"Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=C:\Users\Praveen K. Jha\Documents\book1.xls;Extended Properties=Excel 8.0");


OleDbDataAdapter oleDbCommand = new
OleDbDataAdapter("Select * from [ExcelSheetNameContainingData$]"
, aConnection);
// Now set the DataPropertyName which will tell which excel column maps to which datagridview column
dataGridView1.Columns[0].DataPropertyName= "ExcelSheetColumn1Name";
// At the same time set the header cell text too
dataGridView1.Columns[0].HeaderText ="ExcelSheetColumn1Name";

dataGridView1.Columns[1].DataPropertyName= "ExcelSheetColumn2Name";
dataGridView1.Columns[1].HeaderText ="ExcelSheetColumn2Name";

dataGridView1.Columns[2].DataPropertyName= "ExcelSheetColumn3Name";
dataGridView1.Columns[2].HeaderText ="ExcelSheetColumn3Name";
// Don't allow to automatically generate the columns
dataGridView1.AutoGenerateColumns = false;
dataGridView1.DataSource = sampleDataTable;

Here is the code for the designer part of the form which has the datagridview.

// Code for form1.designer.cs
namespace WindowsApplication1
partial class Form1
/// <summary>
/// Required designer variable.
/// </summary>
private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components = null;

/// <summary>
/// Clean up any resources being used.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="disposing">true if managed resources should be disposed; otherwise, false.</param>
protected override void Dispose (bool disposing)
if (disposing && (components != null))

#region Windows Form Designer generated code

/// <summary>
/// Required method for Designer support - do not modify
/// the contents of this method with the code editor.
/// </summary>
private void InitializeComponent ()
this.dataGridView1 = new System.Windows.Forms.DataGridView();
this.Column1 = new System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewTextBoxColumn();
this.Column2 = new System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewTextBoxColumn();
this.Column3 = new System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewTextBoxColumn();
// dataGridView1
this.dataGridView1.AllowUserToAddRows = false;
this.dataGridView1.AllowUserToDeleteRows = false;
this.dataGridView1.AutoSizeColumnsMode = System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewAutoSizeColumnsMode.Fill;
this.dataGridView1.ColumnHeadersHeightSizeMode = System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewColumnHeadersHeightSizeMode.AutoSize;
this.dataGridView1.Columns.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewColumn[] {
this.dataGridView1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(45,38);
this.dataGridView1.MultiSelect = false;
this.dataGridView1.Name = "dataGridView1";
this.dataGridView1.ReadOnly = true;
this.dataGridView1.RowHeadersVisible = false;
this.dataGridView1.SelectionMode = System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewSelectionMode.FullRowSelect;
this.dataGridView1.ShowCellErrors = false;
this.dataGridView1.ShowRowErrors = false;
this.dataGridView1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(355,221);
this.dataGridView1.TabIndex = 0;
// Column1
this.Column1.HeaderText = "Column1";
this.Column1.Name = "Column1";
this.Column1.ReadOnly = true;
// Column2
this.Column2.HeaderText = "Column2";
this.Column2.Name = "Column2";
this.Column2.ReadOnly = true;
// Column3
this.Column3.HeaderText = "Column3";
this.Column3.Name = "Column3";
this.Column3.ReadOnly = true;
// Form1
this.AutoScaleDimensions = new System.Drawing.SizeF(6F,13F);
this.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font;
this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(474,356);
this.Name = "Form1";
this.Text = "Form1";
this.Load += new System.EventHandler(this.Form1_Load);



private System.Windows.Forms.DataGridView dataGridView1;
private System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewTextBoxColumn Column1;
private System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewTextBoxColumn Column2;
private System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewTextBoxColumn Column3;

Hope this helps!!

1 comment:

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