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ExcelApplication supports all Excel chart types, and allows you to insert a chart in a worksheet, create a chart sheet (a worksheet that only contains a chart).

If you open an existing Excel file with ExcelApplication.Open, you can use ExcelWriter's charting objects to modify charts in the spreadsheet.

To create a simple column chart:

  1. Get a Charts collection:

    The Charts collection contains all charts in a specified worksheet.

  2. Create an anchor in the worksheet:

    An anchor represents the position of a floating object (e.g., a chart) within a worksheet. The chart's top left corner will be placed at the anchor.

  3. Create a blank chart of a specified type, at the anchor you created:

    The ChartType class contains all available chart types (e.g., Column) and sub-types (e.g., Clustered).

  4. Return a SeriesCollection object representing the set of data series in the chart:

  5. Set the range of category (x) axis values:

  6. Add a data series to the chart:

    The formula passed to CreateSeries represents cells that contain the source values for the new data series.

Example: Creating a Chart

Modifying an Existing Chart

Code sample: Modifying an Existing Chart

When you use ExcelApplication to open a spreadsheet, you can access charts through their names or titles. Chart.getTitle returns a ChartText object representing the title region. ChartText.getText returns the title text. The following function takes a chart's title and returns a Chart object representing the chart. This code can be useful if you want to locate a specific chart in a worksheet but only know its title text:

The following example uses the FindChart code to locate a specific chart in a worksheet. The chart series collection is then cleared and re-set to the data imported from a database:

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