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

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


What is a volume-open-high-low-close chart?


A volume-open-high-low-close stock market chart is a type of bar chart or graph used primarily to show changes in the value of tradable assets such as stocks over a given period of time.


Create Volume Open High Low Close chart in Excel

                   Volume-open-high-low-close chart created using XlsIO

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


Steps to create volume-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_VolumeOpenHighLowClose enum value.



Note: For creating a stock volume-open-high-low-close chart, the series count must be 5. 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.



Applicable properties to modify volume series in volume-open-high-low-close chart


Below is the list of other common properties applicable to modify volume series (chart.Series[0]) in volume-open-high-low-close-chart.


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

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


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


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


1.            MarkerBackgroundColor (or) MarkerBackgroundColorIndex

2.            MarkerForegroundColor (or) MarkerForegroungColorIndex

3.            MarkerSize

4.            MarkerStyle

5.            IsAutoMarker




1.  Marker properties are applicable only for open (chart.Series[1]), high (chart.Series[2]), low   (chart.Series[3]) and close (chart.Series[4]) series.

2.  If close value (chart.Series[4]) is greater than open value (chart.Series[1]), then those are called Up-Bars and FirstDropBar property can be used to format them using XlsIO.

3.  If close value (chart.Series[4] is less than open value (chart.Series[1]), 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 volume-open-high-low-close chart using XlsIO.







Article ID: Published Date: Last Revised Date: Platform: Control:
8425 02/14/2018 10/15/2018 WinForms XlsIO
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