Excel Chart formatting in C# and VB.NET

With GemBox.Spreadsheet you can change the appearance of an Excel chart by setting its format, such as the chart's background fill, the data series color, the title's size, color, etc.

Excel charts are supported in XLSX, HTML, PDF, XPS, and image formats. Use the Convert example to learn how to convert an existing workbook with charts into another file format.

The following example shows how to format an Excel chart in C# and VB.NET.

Excel chart formatted in C# and VB.NET
Screenshot of formatted Excel chart
using System;
using GemBox.Spreadsheet;
using GemBox.Spreadsheet.Charts;
using GemBox.Spreadsheet.Drawing;

class Program
{
    static void Main()
    {
        // If using Professional version, put your serial key below.
        SpreadsheetInfo.SetLicense("FREE-LIMITED-KEY");

        var workbook = new ExcelFile();
        var worksheet = workbook.Worksheets.Add("Chart");

        // Add data which will be used by the Excel chart.
        worksheet.Cells["A1"].Value = "Month";
        worksheet.Cells["A2"].Value = "January";
        worksheet.Cells["A3"].Value = "February";
        worksheet.Cells["A4"].Value = "March";
        worksheet.Cells["A5"].Value = "April";
        worksheet.Cells["A6"].Value = "May";
        worksheet.Cells["A7"].Value = "June";
        worksheet.Cells["A8"].Value = "July";
        worksheet.Cells["A9"].Value = "August";
        worksheet.Cells["A10"].Value = "September";
        worksheet.Cells["A11"].Value = "October";
        worksheet.Cells["A12"].Value = "November";
        worksheet.Cells["A13"].Value = "December";

        // Fill the values.
        worksheet.Cells["B1"].Value = "Sales";
        var random = new Random();

        for (int i = 1; i <= 12; i++)
            worksheet.Cells[i, 1].SetValue(random.Next(2000, 5000));

        // Set header row and formatting.
        worksheet.Rows[0].Style.Font.Weight = ExcelFont.BoldWeight;
        worksheet.Columns[0].SetWidth(3, LengthUnit.Centimeter);
        worksheet.Columns[1].Style.NumberFormat = "\"$\"#,##0";

        // Make entire sheet print on a single page.
        worksheet.PrintOptions.FitWorksheetWidthToPages = 1;
        worksheet.PrintOptions.FitWorksheetHeightToPages = 1;

        // Create Excel chart and select data for it.
        var chart = worksheet.Charts.Add<LineChart>("D2", "P25");
        chart.SelectData(worksheet.Cells.GetSubrangeAbsolute(0, 0, 12, 1), true);

        // Define colors.
        var backgroundColor = DrawingColor.FromName(%BackgroundColor%);
        var seriesColor = DrawingColor.FromName(%SeriesColor%);
        var textColor = DrawingColor.FromName(%TextColor%);
        var borderColor = DrawingColor.FromName(DrawingColorName.Black);

        // Format chart.
        chart.Fill.SetSolid(backgroundColor);

        var outline = chart.Outline;
        outline.Width = Length.From(2, LengthUnit.Point);
        outline.Fill.SetSolid(borderColor);

        // Format plot area.
        chart.PlotArea.Fill.SetSolid(DrawingColor.FromName(DrawingColorName.White));

        outline = chart.PlotArea.Outline;
        outline.Width = Length.From(1.5, LengthUnit.Point);
        outline.Fill.SetSolid(borderColor);

        // Format chart title.
        var textFormat = chart.Title.TextFormat;
        textFormat.Size = Length.From(20, LengthUnit.Point);
        textFormat.Font = "Arial";
        textFormat.Fill.SetSolid(textColor);

        // Format vertical axis.
        textFormat = chart.Axes.Vertical.TextFormat;
        textFormat.Fill.SetSolid(textColor);
        textFormat.Italic = true;

        // Format horizontal axis.
        textFormat = chart.Axes.Horizontal.TextFormat;
        textFormat.Fill.SetSolid(textColor);
        textFormat.Size = Length.From(12, LengthUnit.Point);
        textFormat.Bold = true;

        // Format vertical major gridlines.
        chart.Axes.Vertical.MajorGridlines.Outline.Width = Length.From(0.5, LengthUnit.Point);

        // Format series.
        var series = chart.Series[0];
        outline = series.Outline;
        outline.Width = Length.From(3, LengthUnit.Point);
        outline.Fill.SetSolid(seriesColor);

        // Format series markers.
        series.Marker.MarkerType = MarkerType.Circle;
        series.Marker.Size = 10;
        series.Marker.Fill.SetSolid(textColor);
        series.Marker.Outline.Fill.SetSolid(seriesColor);

        workbook.Save("Chart Formatting.%OutputFileType%");
    }
}
Imports System
Imports GemBox.Spreadsheet
Imports GemBox.Spreadsheet.Charts
Imports GemBox.Spreadsheet.Drawing

Module Program

    Sub Main()

        ' If using Professional version, put your serial key below.
        SpreadsheetInfo.SetLicense("FREE-LIMITED-KEY")

        Dim workbook As New ExcelFile()
        Dim worksheet = workbook.Worksheets.Add("Chart")

        ' Add data which is used by the Excel chart.
        worksheet.Cells("A1").Value = "Month"
        worksheet.Cells("A2").Value = "January"
        worksheet.Cells("A3").Value = "February"
        worksheet.Cells("A4").Value = "March"
        worksheet.Cells("A5").Value = "April"
        worksheet.Cells("A6").Value = "May"
        worksheet.Cells("A7").Value = "June"
        worksheet.Cells("A8").Value = "July"
        worksheet.Cells("A9").Value = "August"
        worksheet.Cells("A10").Value = "September"
        worksheet.Cells("A11").Value = "October"
        worksheet.Cells("A12").Value = "November"
        worksheet.Cells("A13").Value = "December"

        ' Fill the values.
        worksheet.Cells("B1").Value = "Sales"
        Dim random As New Random()

        For i As Integer = 1 To 12
            worksheet.Cells(i, 1).SetValue(random.Next(2000, 5000))
        Next

        ' Set header row and formatting.
        worksheet.Rows(0).Style.Font.Weight = ExcelFont.BoldWeight
        worksheet.Columns(0).SetWidth(3, LengthUnit.Centimeter)
        worksheet.Columns(1).Style.NumberFormat = """$""#,##0"

        ' Make entire sheet print on a single page.
        worksheet.PrintOptions.FitWorksheetWidthToPages = 1
        worksheet.PrintOptions.FitWorksheetHeightToPages = 1

        ' Create Excel chart and select data for it.
        Dim chart = worksheet.Charts.Add(Of LineChart)("D2", "P25")
        chart.SelectData(worksheet.Cells.GetSubrangeAbsolute(0, 0, 12, 1), True)

        ' Define colors.
        Dim backgroundColor = DrawingColor.FromName(%BackgroundColor%)
        Dim seriesColor = DrawingColor.FromName(%SeriesColor%)
        Dim textColor = DrawingColor.FromName(%TextColor%)
        Dim borderColor = DrawingColor.FromName(DrawingColorName.Black)

        ' Format chart.
        chart.Fill.SetSolid(backgroundColor)

        Dim outline = chart.Outline
        outline.Width = Length.From(2, LengthUnit.Point)
        outline.Fill.SetSolid(borderColor)

        ' Format plot area.
        chart.PlotArea.Fill.SetSolid(DrawingColor.FromName(DrawingColorName.White))

        outline = chart.PlotArea.Outline
        outline.Width = Length.From(1.5, LengthUnit.Point)
        outline.Fill.SetSolid(borderColor)

        ' Format chart title.
        Dim textFormat = chart.Title.TextFormat
        textFormat.Size = Length.From(20, LengthUnit.Point)
        textFormat.Font = "Arial"
        textFormat.Fill.SetSolid(textColor)

        ' Format vertical axis.
        textFormat = chart.Axes.Vertical.TextFormat
        textFormat.Fill.SetSolid(textColor)
        textFormat.Italic = True

        ' Format horizontal axis.
        textFormat = chart.Axes.Horizontal.TextFormat
        textFormat.Fill.SetSolid(textColor)
        textFormat.Size = Length.From(12, LengthUnit.Point)
        textFormat.Bold = True

        ' Format vertical major gridlines.
        chart.Axes.Vertical.MajorGridlines.Outline.Width = Length.From(0.5, LengthUnit.Point)

        ' Format series.
        Dim series = chart.Series(0)
        outline = series.Outline
        outline.Width = Length.From(3, LengthUnit.Point)
        outline.Fill.SetSolid(seriesColor)

        ' Format series markers.
        series.Marker.MarkerType = MarkerType.Circle
        series.Marker.Size = 10
        series.Marker.Fill.SetSolid(textColor)
        series.Marker.Outline.Fill.SetSolid(seriesColor)

        workbook.Save("Chart Formatting.%OutputFileType%")
    End Sub
End Module

For more information about charts, see the Charts help page.

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