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

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


What is a Clustered bar chart?


clustered bar chart plots the data in discrete horizontal rectangles.


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


Create Clustered Bar Chart in Excel

Clustered Bar Chart Created using XlsIO

Steps to create the Clustered Bar Chart


  1. Initialize chart


Create a chart object by calling the worksheet.Charts.Add method and specify the chart type to ExcelChartType.Bar_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 Bar 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 bar chart using XlsIO.








Article ID: Published Date: Last Revised Date: Platform: Control:
8335 01/23/2018 11/21/2018 WinForms XlsIO
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