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C#, open excel file and apply a filter to retrive specific rows?

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


issue :
my code always return one row instead of 13.


Excel.Application xlApp = null;
Excel.Workbook xlWorkBook = null;
Excel.Worksheet xlWorkSheet = null;
Excel.Range xlrange = null;

string sCurrentDir = Directory.GetCurrentDirectory();

xlApp = new Excel.Application();

xlWorkBook = xlApp.Workbooks.Open(sCurrentDir + @"\Res\res.xlsx", 0, true, 5, "", "", true, Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.XlPlatform.xlWindows, "\t", false, 0, true, 1, 0);
xlWorkSheet = (Excel.Worksheet)xlWorkBook.Worksheets.get_Item(1);

xlrange = xlWorkSheet.UsedRange;       
xlrange.AutoFilter(5, "4", Excel.XlAutoFilterOperator.xlFilterValues, Type.Missing, true);

Excel.Range filteredRange = xlrange.SpecialCells(Excel.XlCellType.xlCellTypeVisible,    Excel.XlSpecialCellsValue.xlTextValues);


as you can see i want to Filter Column 5 With Value “4”. it should returns 13 Rows but it always returns 1 row.

any help will appreciated

How to&Answers:

if you use
xlApp.Visible = true;
you can make the Excel application visible

I just ran your code and it seems to work as expected for my sample sheet

My sample Sheet

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After I run your code, I see the filter being applied properly

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Since you get 1 row it seems that the filter is not matching any rows and the row count of 1 may mean just the header row.

Few items to note are:

(1) The 5th Column is Column E (not Column F) i.e., Column A is the first column

(2) Cross check your data by manually adding the filter


i answer my own question:

Excel.Range filteredRange = xlrange.SpecialCells(Excel.XlCellType.xlCellTypeVisible,    Excel.XlSpecialCellsValue.xlTextValues);

for (int areaId = 1; areaId <= filteredRange.Areas.Count; areaId++)
    areaRange = filteredRange.Areas[areaId];
    object[,] areaValues = areaRange.Value;
    for (int row = 0; row < areaValues.GetLength(0); row++)
        // ignore the Header row
        if (areaValues[row + 1, 1].ToString().ToLower() == "id") continue;

        //Add The Row To A List Or Array



set autoFilterCells.AutoFilter = true;

 using (ExcelRange autoFilterCells = ws.Cells[
    startRowIndex, territoryNameIndex,
    toRowIndex, totalIndex])
    autoFilterCells.AutoFilter = true;


You just need to do the following, I tested it is working.

Excel.Range filteredRange = xlrange.SpecialCells(Excel.XlCellType.xlCellTypeVisible, Excel.XlSpecialCellsValue.xlTextValues);

int areaId; 
int filteredRow;
areaId = filteredRange.Areas.Count;
filteredRow = areaId - 1; //Skipping the header row