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Exporting chart to open Excel Workbook

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94805 Jun 2,2010 10:42 AM Jun 4,2010 08:18 AM Windows Forms 3
Tags: XlsIO
Farman Samee
Asked On June 2, 2010 10:42 AM


I want to add a worksheet/chartsheet to a workbook which is already open and active. I try to do this using (C#):

ExcelEngine excelEngine = new ExcelEngine();
IWorksheet sheet = excelEngine.Excel.ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets.Create();

but ActiveWorkbook is always null so I get an exception. How can I access the open/active workbook? I saw a similar post below where you suggest

IWorksheet sheet = application.ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets.Create();

But application always refers to a System object when I try this. Any solutions?


Geetha M [Syncfusion]
Replied On June 3, 2010 12:44 AM


Thank you for your interest in Syncfusion products.

The code snippet you have used does not have any workbook initialized and thus causes exception. If you are to create a new workbook, you can make use of the following code.

ExcelEngine excelEngine = new ExcelEngine();
IWorkbook workbook = excelEngine.Excel.Workbooks.Create(1);
IWorksheet sheet = workbook.Worksheets[0];

// user code goes here

IWorksheet newSheet = excelEngine.Excel.ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets.Create();

Please try this and let me know if you have any questions.


Farman Samee
Replied On June 3, 2010 05:55 AM

Ok thanks- does this mean that I can't access the workbook which is currently active in Excel, unless I have just created it myself using the Excel Engine object? I don't want to create the (currently open) workbook myself, the user will have opened this manually. I just want to access it, in order to add some sheets. Can I do this? (ps. please bear in mind I can't seem to access the Excel 'Application' object, if I need to do this can you let me know the full namespace).

Geetha M [Syncfusion]
Replied On June 4, 2010 08:18 AM


Thank you for the details.

I was able to reproduce the NullReference exception when accessing ActiveWorkbook after loading a workbook. Could you please workaround this using the following code snippet?

ExcelEngine excelEngine = new ExcelEngine();
IApplication application = excelEngine.Excel;
IWorkbook workbook = application.Workbooks.Open(@"..\..\Input.xlsx", ExcelOpenType.Automatic);

IWorkbook book = application.ActiveSheet.Workbook;

IWorksheet sheet = book.Worksheets.Create("New");


The workaround is to load the Workbook of the ActiveSheet.

Also, IApplication interface can be accessed using Syncfusion.XlsIO namespace.

Please try this and let me know if you have any questions.



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