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

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


What is a pareto chart?


Pareto is a sorted histogram where the columns are sorted in descending order and a line represents the cumulative total percentage.


Create Pareto Chart in Excel

             Pareto chart created using XlsIO

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


Steps to create pareto chart


  1. Initialize chart


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


Below is the list of other properties that is applicable for a pareto chart.


1.  GapWidth

2.  IsBinningByCategory

3.  HasAutomaticBins

4.  BinWidth

5.  NumberOfBins

6.  OverflowBinValue

7.  UnderflowBinValue

8.  ParetoLineFormat



  1. Applying other properties unrelated to this chart might throw exception or the changes will not be reflected in the output document because those properties are not related to pareto chart.
  2. As pareto chart is introduced in MS Excel 2016, it can’t be viewed in MS Excel 2013 and its earlier versions.


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 pareto chart using XlsIO.







Article ID: Published Date: Last Revised Date: Platform: Control:
8430 02/14/2018 10/15/2018 WinForms XlsIO
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