Tony_Henrich Tony_Henrich - 2 months ago 25
C# Question

Format an Excel column (or cell) as Text in C#?

I am losing the leading zeros when I copy values from a datatable to an Excel sheet. That's because probably Excel treats the values as a number instead of text.

I created the worksheet in C# and I am copying the values like so:

myWorksheet.Cells[i + 2, j] = dtCustomers.Rows[i][j - 1].ToString();


How do I format a whole column or each cell as Text? A related question, how to cast
myWorksheet.Cells[i + 2, j]
to show a style property in Intellisense?

Answer

Below is some code to format columns A and C as text in SpreadsheetGear for .NET which has an API which is similar to Excel - except for the fact that SpreadsheetGear is frequently more strongly typed. It should not be too hard to figure out how to convert this to work with Excel / COM:

IWorkbook workbook = Factory.GetWorkbook();
IRange cells = workbook.Worksheets[0].Cells;
// Format column A as text.
cells["A:A"].NumberFormat = "@";
// Set A2 to text with a leading '0'.
cells["A2"].Value = "01234567890123456789";
// Format column C as text (SpreadsheetGear uses 0 based indexes - Excel uses 1 based indexes).
cells[0, 2].EntireColumn.NumberFormat = "@";
// Set C3 to text with a leading '0'.
cells[2, 2].Value = "01234567890123456789";
workbook.SaveAs(@"c:\tmp\TextFormat.xlsx", FileFormat.OpenXMLWorkbook);

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