Excel Shapes

ExcelShape objects are visual illustrations inside the worksheet such as lines, curves, rectangles, and arrows. Shapes can be filled using the ExcelShape.Fill property and outlined using the ExcelShape.Outline property.

The ShapeType enumeration contains a list of built-in shape types that are directly supported through GemBox.Spreadsheet's API. Types that are not directly supported use ShapeType.Custom enum and are supported through preservation.

The following example shows how you can create and customize shapes and add them to an Excel worksheet using various types of positioning.

Excel workbook with Shape elements
Screenshot of Excel file with shapes
using GemBox.Spreadsheet;
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("Shapes");

        var shape = worksheet.Shapes.Add(%ShapeType%, 100, 100, 200, 150, LengthUnit.Point);
        shape.Fill.SetSolid(DrawingColor.FromName(DrawingColorName.GreenYellow));
        shape.Outline.Fill.SetSolid(DrawingColor.FromName(DrawingColorName.DarkBlue));
        shape.Outline.Width = Length.From(3, LengthUnit.Point);

        var roundedRectangle = worksheet.Shapes.Add(ShapeType.RoundedRectangle, "B2", "D4");
        // Radius of the corners is 35% of the rounded rectangle height (since it is smaller than width).
        roundedRectangle.AdjustValues["adj"] = 35000;

        var rightArrow = worksheet.Shapes.Add(ShapeType.RightArrow, "B6", 100, 40, LengthUnit.Point);
        rightArrow.Fill.SetNone();
        rightArrow.Outline.Fill.SetSolid(DrawingColor.FromRgb(250, 30, 20));
        rightArrow.Outline.Width = Length.From(2, LengthUnit.Point);

        var line = worksheet.Shapes.Add(ShapeType.Line, "B12", "B15");
        line.Outline.Width = Length.From(10, LengthUnit.Pixel);

        workbook.Save("Shapes.%OutputFileType%");
    }
}
Imports GemBox.Spreadsheet
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("Shapes")

        Dim shape = worksheet.Shapes.Add(%ShapeType%, 100, 100, 200, 150, LengthUnit.Point)
        shape.Fill.SetSolid(DrawingColor.FromName(DrawingColorName.GreenYellow))
        shape.Outline.Fill.SetSolid(DrawingColor.FromName(DrawingColorName.DarkBlue))
        shape.Outline.Width = Length.From(3, LengthUnit.Point)

        Dim roundedRectangle = worksheet.Shapes.Add(ShapeType.RoundedRectangle, "B2", "D4")
        ' Radius of the corners is 35% of the rounded rectangle height (since it is smaller than width).
        roundedRectangle.AdjustValues.Add("adj", 35000)

        Dim rightArrow = worksheet.Shapes.Add(ShapeType.RightArrow, "B6", 100, 40, LengthUnit.Point)
        rightArrow.Fill.SetNone()
        rightArrow.Outline.Fill.SetSolid(DrawingColor.FromRgb(250, 30, 20))
        rightArrow.Outline.Width = Length.From(2, LengthUnit.Point)

        Dim line = worksheet.Shapes.Add(ShapeType.Line, "B12", "B15")
        line.Outline.Width = Length.From(10, LengthUnit.Pixel)

        workbook.Save("Shapes.%OutputFileType%")
    End Sub
End Module

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