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How to create Excel stacked area chart in C#, VB.NET?

This article explains how to create a stacked area chart in Excel using XlsIO.


What is stacked area chart?


Stacked Area charts are useful to show the trend of the contribution of each value over time or other category data in 2-D format.


Create Stacked Area Chart in Excel

       Stacked Area Chart Created using XlsIO

To create a stacked area chart in Excel using XlsIO, you need to do the following steps.


Steps to create stacked area chart


  1. Initialize chart


Create a chart object by calling the worksheet.Charts.Add method and specify the chart type to ExcelChartType.Area_Stacked 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 and legend.


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



Applicable properties for stacked area chart


Common property applicable for stacked area chart is


  1. IsVarycolor  (This property holds good for single series chart).


NOTE: Applying other properties apart from the above mentioned property might throw exception or the changes will not be reflected in the output document because those properties are not related to area 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 stacked area chart using XlsIO.







Article ID: Published Date: Last Revised Date: Platform: Control:
8360 01/31/2018 10/10/2018 WinForms XlsIO
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