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Setting up VB.Net to Work with Excel


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Click on File and click on New Project. Under Visual basic, Select “Windows” and then select “Windows Form Application”. Give the project an appropriate name and select a location where you want to save this project.

When the project opens you will be presented with Form1. For the time being just lets create 3 buttons and name then “Create”, “Open”, “Cancel”. Give an appropriate heading to the form. Your form should look like this.

Now let’s set references for Excel in our project. For this click on the menu Project~~>Add Reference. You will be presented with a “Add Reference”-dialog box. Navigate to the “COM” Tab and select the Microsoft Excel Object Library.

After setting the reference, double click on any of the button to open the Form1 Code Area and paste this line of code at the very top.

Imports Excel = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel

Double-click on the third button “Cancel” and paste the code. This is how your code should look like.

Imports Excel = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel

Public Class Form1
    Private Sub Button3_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button3.Click
    End Sub
End Class

And you are all set for automating Excel From VB.Net.

  1. Ahmed Safwat Bakr
    Ahmed Safwat Bakr10-26-2013

    So useful blog, thanks a lot.