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How to create Excel high low close chart in C#, VB.NET?

This article explains how to create a high-low-close chart in Excel using XlsIO.


What is a high-low-close chart?


A high-low-close chart is a type of chart typically used to illustrate movements in the price of a financial instrument over time. Each vertical line on the chart shows the price range over one unit of time.

Create high low close chart in Excel

                      High-low-close chart created using XlsIO

To create a high-low-close chart in Excel using XlsIO, you need to do the following steps.


Steps to create high-low-close chart


  1. Initialize chart


              Create a chart object by calling the worksheet.Charts.Add method.



  1. Assign data and specify the chart type

Set a range of data from the worksheet to chart’s DataRange property and specify the chart type to ExcelChartType.Stock_HighLowClose enum value.



Note: For creating a stock high-low-close chart, the series count must be 3. The data range should be set before selecting the chart type.


  1. Apply basic chart elements


Add the basic elements like chart title, data labels and legend.


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



Properties used to modify the markers in the high-low-close chart


Below is the list of properties that are used to change the markers in high-low-close chart.


1.            MarkerBackgroundColor (or) MarkerBackgroundColorIndex

2.            MarkerForegroundColor (or) MarkerForegroungColorIndex

3.            MarkerSize

4.            MarkerStyle

5.            IsAutoMarker


NOTE: Marker properties are applicable for all high (chart.Series[0]), low (chart.Series[1]) and close (chart.Series[2]) series.


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 high-low-close chart using XlsIO.







Article ID: Published Date: Last Revised Date: Platform: Control:
8397 02/14/2018 10/11/2018 WinForms XlsIO
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