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How to create Excel clustered column chart in C#, VB.NET?

Platform: WinForms |
Control: XlsIO |
Published Date: January 10, 2018 |
Last Revised Date: November 8, 2018

This article explains how to create a clustered column chart in Excel using XlsIO.


What is a Clustered column chart?


Clustered column chart plots the data in the discrete vertical rectangles.


To create a Clustered column chart using XlsIO, you will need to do the following steps.


Create clustered column chart in Excel

Clustered Column Chart Created using XlsIO

Steps to create the Clustered Column Chart


  1. Initialize chart


Create a chart object by calling the worksheet.Charts.Add method and specify the chart type to ExcelChartType.Column_Clustered enum value.



  1. Assign data


Set a range of data from the worksheet to chart’s DataRange property. To plot the series values in column and categories in row, set chart’s IsSeriesInRows property to false.



  1. Apply basic chart elements


Add the basic elements like chart title, data labels and legend with the below list of properties.


  • ChartTitle of chart object.
  • Set DataLabels via DefaultDataPoint.
  • Set TRUE to chart’s HasLegend property, to show the legend.



Applicable Properties of Clustered Column Chart


Below is the list of other common properties that is applicable for a column/bar chart.


1. GapWidth (value should be between 0 and 500)

2. Overlap (value should be between -100 and 100)

3. IsVarycolor


NOTE: Applying other properties apart from the above list might throw exception or the changes will not be reflected in the output document because those properties are not related to column/bar chart.


Download Complete Sample


Download input file with data


To know more about creating charts with various settings using XlsIO, please refer the documentation.


The following C#/ VB.NET complete code snippet shows the creation of clustered column chart using XlsIO.







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