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You will need ExcelWriter 8 installed in order to run the Hello World sample.

  • If you haven't purchased ExcelWriter, you can download an evaluation version here.
  • If you need to install ExcelWriter, please visit the install page for instructions.


You can download the code for the Hello World tutorial as a Visual Studio solution.

ExcelWriter Reference in Visual Studio

Create a .NET project and add a reference to the ExcelWriter library.

  1. Open Visual Studio and create a .NET project.
    • The ExcelWriter Hello World sample code uses a web application.
  2. Add a reference to SoftArtisans.OfficeWriter.ExcelWriter.dll
    • SoftArtisans.OfficeWriter.ExcelWriter.dll is located under Program Files > SoftArtisans > OfficeWriter > dotnet > bin

You can download the Hello World sample code (see above) to see the finished product.


Please check out Adding OfficeWriter to your .NET Application for more on getting started with OfficeWriter

Template vs. Application based Approaches

ExcelWriter offers two approaches to generating, processing and manipulating Excel documents: ExcelTemplate and ExcelApplication.

This tutorial will walk you through assigning the contents of a cell using ExcelTemplate and ExcelApplication.
Hello World: Template Based Approach

With ExcelTemplate we can insert our data into a specially formatted Excel file.

Hello World: Programmatic Approach

With ExcelApplication's full object-model, we can create an Excel file completely from scratch.

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