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How to create and manipulate Microsoft Excel by using Office Automation in Visual C++, Visual C# and Visual Basic.NET

This article describes an All-In-One Code Framework sample that is available for download. This code sample demonstrates how to create and manipulate Excel by using Automation from Visual C++, Visual C# and Visual Basic.NET.

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Technical overview

The code sample automates Microsoft Excel to perform the following operations in Visual C++, Visual C# and Visual Basic.NET.
  1. Create a Microsoft Excel instance.
  2. Create a new workbook.
  3. Fill data into a range.
  4. Save the workbook.
  5. Close the Microsoft Excel instance, and then clean up unmanaged COM resources.

Note For more information about how to create the sample application and how to deploy the sample application, see the Readme.txt file that is included in the download package.

Technology category

  • Office Solutions Development


This code sample contains the following programming languages:
LanguageProject Name
Visual C++CppAutomateExcel
Visual C#CSAutomateExcel
Visual Basic .NETVBAutomateExcel


  • You must run this code sample on a computer that has Microsoft Excel 2007 installed.
  • This sample application was created by using Visual Studio 2008 with Service Pack 1 installed.


  • Office Automation Excel

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Article ID: 977998 - Last Review: 12/16/2009 09:17:35 - Revision: 1.3

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