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Retrieving data from Excel cells with C#

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment


please look at my code below, I tried to get the excel worksheet cells values with C#. However when I checked the values in the immediate window, they are not match with the real values at all. Some are null. Why? Thanks for advice.

string fname;
    int nRows;
    int nCols;
    private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        Excel.Application xlApp;
        Excel.Workbook xlWorkBook;
        Excel.Worksheet xlWookSheet1;
        Excel.Range xlRange;

        openFileDialog1.Filter = "(*.xls)|*.xls|(*.xlsx)|*.xlsx";
        openFileDialog1.Title = "Select an excel file";
        if (openFileDialog1.ShowDialog() == DialogResult.OK)
            fname = openFileDialog1.FileName;
        System.IO.FileInfo fi = new System.IO.FileInfo(fname);
        string ext = fi.Extension.ToString();
        xlApp = new Excel.ApplicationClass();
        string parameter;
        if (ext == ".xls")
            parameter = "5";
            parameter = "51";
        xlWorkBook = xlApp.Workbooks.Open(fname, 0, true, parameter, "", "", true, Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.XlPlatform.xlWindows, "\t", false, false, 0, true, 1, 0);
        xlWookSheet1 = (Excel.Worksheet)xlWorkBook.Worksheets.get_Item(1);
        object misValue = System.Reflection.Missing.Value;

        xlRange = xlWookSheet1.UsedRange;
        if (xlRange != null)
            nRows = xlRange.Rows.Count;
            nCols = xlRange.Columns.Count;
            xlRange = (Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Range)xlWookSheet1.Cells[nRows, nCols];

        Dictionary<int, List<int>> dict = new Dictionary<int, List<int>>();
        List<string> list1 = new List<string>();
        for (int i = 1; i < nCols; i++)
            string temp = (string)(xlRange.Cells[1, i] as Excel.Range).Value2; 
            // wrong values from temp
How to&Answers:
using System.Data.OleDb;
using System.Data;

public DataTable GetDataTableFromExcel(string FilePath, string strTableName)
            string XLSConnectionString = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=" + FilePath + ";Extended Properties='Excel 8.0;HDR=Yes;IMEX=1'";
            //string XLSConnectionString = "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=" + FilePath + ";Extended Properties='Excel 12.0;HDR=Yes;IMEX=1'";
            OleDbConnection XLSCon = new OleDbConnection(XLSConnectionString);
            OleDbDataAdapter XLSDataAdp = new OleDbDataAdapter();
            XLSDataAdp.SelectCommand = new OleDbCommand();
            XLSDataAdp.SelectCommand.Connection = XLSCon;
                DataTable dtXLSData = new DataTable();
                XLSDataAdp.SelectCommand.CommandText = "SELECT * FROM [" + strTableName + "$]";

                return dtXLSData;

            catch (Exception ex)
                throw ex;

Try this… pass the file path and the worksheet name
then parse the datatable as you like in simple way or LINQ way


I believe that culprit would be below line:

xlRange = (Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Range)xlWookSheet1.Cells[nRows, nCols];

This will collapse your range to just one cell – you can quickly test that by checking xlRange.Rows.Count. I will suggest that you remove this line and code should work. Another trick that you may find useful is Range.Value property will return array of values if range has multiple cells.