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The WinForms Spreadsheet is an Excel-inspired control that allows you to create, edit, view, and format Microsoft Excel files without having Excel installed. It provides an integrated ribbon to cover any possible business scenario. In addition, it has a built-in calculation engine with more than 400+ of the most widely used formulas. It was built with .NET Excel Library (Essential XlsIO), which features a full-fledged object model similar to the Microsoft Office Automation libraries.

Read, edit, and write Excel files, compatible with versions 97 to 2016

Read and write all popular Excel file formats, including XLS and XLSX. A file can be opened in one format and saved in another format.

WinForms Spreadsheet with compatible with versions 97 to 2016

Customizable Excel like ribbon UI for WinForms Spreadsheet control

Experience Excel-like ribbon UI

  • The WinForms Spreadsheet ribbon provides a familiar, Excel-like user interface to help end users work with Excel files.
  • The ribbon can easily be customized to manipulate Excel workbooks based on application requirements.
  • You can create your own ribbon or toolbar to manipulate Excel workbooks using predefined commands.

High performance

Load and manipulate workbooks in WinForms Spreadsheet

Instant loading

Load and manipulate Excel-like workbooks with a large amount of data and any number of worksheets in less time with minimal memory consumption.

Smooth scrolling in WinForms Spreadsheet

Smooth scrolling

Enjoy a smooth scrolling experience even with many cells in the view.

Excel-compatible functions in WinForms Spreadsheet

Formula calculation

Comes with a fast and efficient calculation engine with more than 400 Excel-compatible functions.

Data editing

Excel like editing in WinForms Spreadsheet

Data editing

Add, edit, and remove formulas in a cell. Additionally in WinForms Spreadsheet, you can select the range reference directly using a mouse or keyboard when entering formulas, just like in Excel.

Data validation for a cell or range of cells in WinForms Spreadsheet

Data validation

Validate the edited values based on the data validation rules defined for a cell or range of cells. Data validation can be applied with operators, alert messages, custom formulas, and drop-down lists.

Excel like undo and redo operations for WinForms Spreadsheet

Undo and redo

Undo and redo changes can be made in an Excel workbook. There is no limit to the number of undo and redo operations in a spreadsheet.

Excel like clipboard operations in WinForms Spreadsheet

Clipboard operations

Users can enable an Excel-like paste option to paste a value or formula with or without formatting.

Excel like fill series of a value or format in WinForms Spreadsheet


Easily fill or copy a series or pattern of values and formats in the neighboring cells in any direction.

The WinForms Spreadsheet control provides built-in support for hyperlinks and bookmarks. Additionally, users can navigate through bookmarks to a specific cell or range of cells in a workbook, like in Excel.

Adding hyperlinks and bookmarks to a cell like Excel in WinForms Spreadsheet

Efficient formula calculations

A wide range of formulas is available with cross-sheet references, named ranges, table formulas, and array formula support.

Excel like calculation for WinForms Spreadsheet

Built-in functions

The built-in calculation engine is preloaded with more than 400+ Excel-compatible functions covering a broad range of business scenarios.

Auto calculation for WinForms Spreadsheet

Auto calculation

Cell values are recalculated when a preceding cell is edited.

Define names for cell references in WinForms Spreadsheet

Named ranges

Named ranges can be used in formulas as substitutes for cell references. The built-in name manager allows you to add, edit, and delete names.

Styles and data formatting

Excel like font styles for WinForms Spreadsheet


Import and modify various font formatting options like font size, font family, font styles, font color, and fill color.

Excel like alignment and orientation styles for WinForms Spreadsheet

Align and merge cells

Import and modify various alignments, merged cells, and wrap settings from Excel.

Excel like number formats in WinForms Spreadsheet

Number formats

Import and modify number formats such as currency, percentage, short date, long date, time, fraction, scientific, and custom number formats similar to Excel.

Excel like built-in styles and table formats for WinForms Spreadsheet

Table formats and built-in styles

Import table formats and predefined cell styles from Excel. You can also format a range as a table and define cell styles at runtime.

Cell formatting for WinForms Spreadsheet

Cell formatting

Insert, delete, hide, and unhide one or more rows and columns in worksheets. Adjust the row height and column width, import the adjusted row height and column width from Excel, and fit rows and columns based on the content. Additionally, you can freeze one or more rows and columns in worksheets.

Conditional formatting

Conditional formatting helps you visually explore and analyze data, detect critical issues, and identify patterns and trends.

Apply Excel like conditional styling to cells in WinForms Spreadsheet

Conditional styling

Format the appearance of cells based on their value or the values of other cells.

Apply Excel like data bars conditional formatting in WinForms Spreadsheet

Data bars

Use gradient or solid data bars to spot the largest to the smallest numbers easily.

Apply Excel like color scales conditional formatting in WinForms Spreadsheet

Color scales

Use color scales to understand data distribution and variations.

Apply Excel like icon sets conditional formatting in WinForms Spreadsheet

Icon sets

Icon sets distinguish data in three to five categories based on the threshold value.

Outline (group)

Import outlines and group or ungroup rows and columns at runtime.

Apply Excel like grouping in WinForms Spreadsheet

Data shapes

Import charts from Excel to WinForms Spreadsheet


Import charts from Excel that can be defined at runtime. This helps visually enhance the represented data.

Import sparklines from Excel to WinForms Spreadsheet


Import sparklines from Excel to visually represent data in a row.

Import images from Excel to WinForms Spreadsheet


Import images from Excel and add images at runtime to the spreadsheet. You can resize and reposition the images.

Import textboxes from Excel to WinForms Spreadsheet

Text boxes

Import a rich text box from Excel and add it at runtime for editing and formatting content. You can reposition the rich text box.

User-friendly UI Interactions

Optimized touch interactions in WinForms Spreadsheet


The Spreadsheet control is touch-optimized for all user interactions.

Excel like selection of cells, rows, columns and tables in WinForms Spreadsheet

Excel-like selection

Select a range of cells, rows, columns, and tables. The Spreadsheet control also supports all keyboard interactions with cell selection.

Excel like cell comments for WinForms Spreadsheet

Cell comments

Import, add, edit, and delete cell comments.

Excel like zooming the worksheet contents in WinForms Spreadsheet


Zoom in and out of the worksheet content. Additionally, the zoom level can be imported and exported to and from Excel.

Context menu for cell and tab in WinForms Spreadsheet

Context menu

There’s built-in support for cell and tab context menus. You can also add your own custom context menu items.

Data management

Import and export data from various sources with the help of XlsIO as an intermediary.

Import and export data from different sources using XlsIO in the WinForms Spreadsheet

Excel like worksheet operations in WinForms Spreadsheet

Worksheet management

  • Insert, delete and rename: Insert and delete worksheets in a workbook. You can rename the worksheet by editing the UI or programmatically.
  • Hide and unhide: Hide and show worksheets in a workbook.
  • Gridlines: Customize the visibility and color of gridlines.
  • Headings: Control the visibility of row and column headers in a worksheet.

Protection and encryption

  • Protect worksheets with or without a password. Restrict user actions like row and column insertion, deletion, and resizing.
  • Protect the structure of a workbook.
  • Encrypt workbooks with a password to prevent users from opening them.

Excel like worksheets protection in WinForms Spreadsheet

Converting and printing an spreadsheet workbook in WinForms Spreadsheet

Conversion and printing

  • PDF: Convert a spreadsheet workbook or worksheet to PDF format. Various customization options are provided, like embedding fonts, ignoring empty pages or worksheets, and showing or hiding headers and footers.
  • Image: Worksheets can be converted to BMP, JPEG, PNG and other image formats, with content such as data, formatting, spreadsheet, tables, and shapes.
  • HTML: Convert a spreadsheet workbook or worksheet to a HTML file.
  • Print the spreadsheet workbook using PDF Viewer.


Localize all static text in the ribbon and built-in dialogs to any supported language.

WinForms Spreadsheet localizes static texts in the ribbon and build-in dialogs

WinForms Spreadsheet Code Example

Easily get started with the WinForms Spreadsheet using a few simple lines of C# code example as demonstrated below. Also explore our WinForms Spreadsheet Example that shows you how to render and configure the Spreadsheet in WinForms.

using Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Spreadsheet;
namespace Syncfusion
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        public Form1()
            Spreadsheet spreadsheet = new Spreadsheet();
            SpreadsheetRibbon spreadsheetRibbon = new SpreadsheetRibbon() { Spreadsheet = spreadsheet };
            spreadsheet.Dock = DockStyle.Fill;
            spreadsheet.Anchor = AnchorStyles.Left | AnchorStyles.Top;


Frequently Asked Questions

The Syncfusion WinForms Spreadsheet control provides the following features:

  • Seamless data analysis and visualization like in Microsoft Excel.
  • Compatibility with Microsoft Excel file formats.
  • Supports more than 400 Excel calculation formulas for any complex calculation scenarios.
  • Highly intuitive user interfaces.
  • Experience an Excel-like interface with built-in ribbon interaction, selection, fill series, and more to help end users work with Excel files in applications.
  • One of the best WinForms Spreadsheet in the market that offers feature-rich UI to interact with the software.
  • Touch friendly and responsive.
  • Expansive learning resources such as demos and documentation to learn quickly and get started with WinForms Spreadsheet.

You can find our WinForms Spreadsheet demo on GitHub location.

No, this is a commercial product and requires a paid license. However, a free community license is also available for companies and individuals whose organizations have less than $1 million USD in annual gross revenue, 5 or fewer developers, and 10 or fewer total employees.

A good place to start would be our comprehensive getting started documentation.

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