How to create Excel file in C#?

Follow these steps to create Excel file in C#.

Visual Studio

Launch Visual Studio.

Note: You can use older version of visual studio.

Create a new project and add a Button to the form.

Note: To create a new project go to File (on the top left corner), Select new and select project.

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Click on Project tab and select Add Reference. Select Microsoft Excel 12.0 Object Library and click ok.

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C# code

Double click on the button. First delete the code that is written there. Copy and paste the following

source code using System;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using Excel = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel; namespace WindowsApplication1
public partial class Form1 : Form
public Form1()
private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
Excel.Application xlApp ;
Excel.Workbook xlWorkBook ;
Excel.Worksheet xlWorkSheet ;
object misValue = System.Reflection.Missing.Value;
xlApp = new Excel.ApplicationClass();
xlWorkBook = xlApp.Workbooks.Add(misValue);
xlWorkSheet = (Excel.Worksheet)xlWorkBook.Worksheets.get_Item(1);
xlWorkSheet.Cells[1, 1] = "";
Excel.XlFileFormat.xlWorkbookNormal, misValue, misValue, misValue, misValue,
Excel.XlSaveAsAccessMode.xlExclusive, misValue, misValue, misValue, misValue, misValue);
xlWorkBook.Close(true, misValue, misValue);
xlApp.Quit(); releaseObject(xlWorkSheet);
MessageBox.Show("Excel file created , you can find the file c:\\csharp-Excel.xls");
private void releaseObject(object obj)
System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ReleaseComObject(obj); obj = null;
catch (Exception ex)
obj = null;
MessageBox.Show("Exception Occured while releasing object " + ex.ToString());

This is how to use C# programming language to create simple Excel spreadsheet.