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

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

What is an open-high-low-close chart?

 

An open-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 open high low close chart in Excel

                      Open-high-low-close chart created using XlsIO

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

 

Steps to create open-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_OpenHighLowClose enum value.

 

 

Note: For creating a stock open-high-low-close chart, the series count must be 4. 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 open-high-low-close chart

 

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

 

1.            MarkerBackgroundColor (or) MarkerBackgroundColorIndex

2.            MarkerForegroundColor (or) MarkerForegroungColorIndex

3.            MarkerSize

4.            MarkerStyle

5.            IsAutoMarker

 

NOTE:

 

1.  Marker properties are applicable for all open (chart.Series[0]), high (chart.Series[1]), low (chart.Series[2]) and close (chart.Series[3]) series.

2.  If close value (chart.Series[3]) is greater than open value (chart.Series[0]), then those are called Up-Bars and FirstDropBar property can be used to format them using XlsIO.

3.  If close value (chart.Series[3] is less than open value (chart.Series[0]), then those are called Down-Bars and SecondDropBar property can be used to format them using XlsIO.

 

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 open-high-low-close chart using XlsIO.

 

C#

 

 

VB

 

Article ID: Published Date: Last Revised Date: Platform: Control:
8417 02/14/2018 10/11/2018 WinForms XlsIO
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