Insert Interior in Excel in C#, VB.NET

What is Excel Interior?

Excel provides essentially no support in worksheet functions for Working with cell colors. However, colors are often used in spreadsheets to indicate some sorts of value or category. Thus comes the need for functions that can work with colors on the worksheet. So it appears in the version in Excel 2007 as a new function. It contains all kinds of colors. Below I will show you how to insert interior in Excel with MS Excel and how to do this with Spire.XLS.

How to insert interior in Excel with MS Excel?

To insert interior in Excel with Microsoft Excel, you can follow the sections below:

  • Open the worksheet in Excel
  • Highlight the zones that you want to insert interior
  • Rightclick and choose Setting Cell Format
  • Choose Fill->Fill Effect in the dialog box of Setting Cell Format
  • In the box, you can change the Color and the Shade Format to your desired effect

How to Insert Interior with Spire.XLS?

It's convenient to realize C#/.NET Excel Integration via Spire.XLS. In interior method, to realize interior you may set the color gradient by assigning sheet.Range[string.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)].Style.Interior.FillPattern property with ExcelPatternType.Gradient. You can set the BackKnownColor and ForeKnownColor of the sheet. What's more, you can set the gradient style, in the demo, we set the gradient style vertical. In order to reflect the effect, we merge the worksheet range from E to K. In this demo, we use Enum method to enumerate many kinds of colors and define a random object to fill the cell with a gradient color randomly.

First, let's preview the effect screenshot:

Excel Interior

Here comes to the full code in C# and VB.NET.

using Spire.Xls;
using System.Drawing;
using System;

namespace Interior
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            //Create a workbook
            Workbook workbook = new Workbook();

            //Initialize the worksheet
            Worksheet sheet = workbook.Worksheets[0];

            //Specify the version
            workbook.Version = ExcelVersion.Version2007;

            //Define the number of the colors 
            int maxColor = Enum.GetValues(typeof(ExcelColors)).Length;

            //Create a random object
            Random random = new Random((int)System.DateTime.Now.Ticks);

            for (int i = 2; i < 40; i++)
                //Random backKnownColor
                ExcelColors backKnownColor = (ExcelColors)(random.Next(1, maxColor / 2));
                sheet.Range["A1"].Text = "Color Name";
                sheet.Range["B1"].Text = "Red";
                sheet.Range["C1"].Text = "Green";
                sheet.Range["D1"].Text = "Blue";

                //Merge the sheet"E1-K1"
                sheet.Range["E1:K1"].Text = "Gradient";
                sheet.Range["A1:K1"].Style.Font.IsBold = true;
                sheet.Range["A1:K1"].Style.Font.Size = 11;

                //Set the text of color in sheetA-sheetD
                string colorName = backKnownColor.ToString();
                sheet.Range[string.Format("A{0}", i)].Text = colorName;
                sheet.Range[string.Format("B{0}", i)].Text = workbook.GetPaletteColor(backKnownColor).R.ToString();
                sheet.Range[string.Format("C{0}", i)].Text = workbook.GetPaletteColor(backKnownColor).G.ToString();
                sheet.Range[string.Format("D{0}", i)].Text = workbook.GetPaletteColor(backKnownColor).B.ToString();

                //Merge the sheets 
                sheet.Range[string.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)].Merge();

                //Set the text of sheetE-sheetK
                sheet.Range[string.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)].Text = colorName;

                //Set the interior of the color
                sheet.Range[string.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)].Style.Interior.FillPattern = ExcelPatternType.Gradient;
                sheet.Range[string.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)].Style.Interior.Gradient.BackKnownColor = backKnownColor;
                sheet.Range[string.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)].Style.Interior.Gradient.ForeKnownColor = ExcelColors.White;
                sheet.Range[string.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)].Style.Interior.Gradient.GradientStyle = GradientStyleType.Vertical;
                sheet.Range[string.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)].Style.Interior.Gradient.GradientVariant = GradientVariantsType.ShadingVariants1;

            //AutoFit Column

            //Save the file

            //Launch the file
Imports Spire.Xls
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System

Module Module1

    Sub Main()
        'Create a workbook
        Dim workbook As New Workbook()

        'Initialize the worksheet
        Dim sheet As Worksheet = workbook.Worksheets(0)

        'Specify the version
        workbook.Version = ExcelVersion.Version2007

        'Define the number of the colors 
        Dim maxColor As Integer = [Enum].GetValues(GetType(ExcelColors)).Length

        'Create a random object
        Dim random As New Random()

        For i As Integer = 2 To 39
            'Random backKnownColor
            Dim backKnownColor As ExcelColors = DirectCast(random.[Next](1, maxColor \ 2), ExcelColors)
            sheet.Range("A1").Text = "Color Name"
            sheet.Range("B1").Text = "Red"
            sheet.Range("C1").Text = "Green"
            sheet.Range("D1").Text = "Blue"

            'Merge the sheet"E1-K1"
            sheet.Range("E1:K1").Text = "Gradient"
            sheet.Range("A1:K1").Style.Font.IsBold = True
            sheet.Range("A1:K1").Style.Font.Size = 11

            'Set the text of color in sheetA-sheetD
            Dim colorName As String = backKnownColor.ToString()
            sheet.Range(String.Format("A{0}", i)).Text = colorName
            sheet.Range(String.Format("B{0}", i)).Text = workbook.GetPaletteColor(backKnownColor).R.ToString()
            sheet.Range(String.Format("C{0}", i)).Text = workbook.GetPaletteColor(backKnownColor).G.ToString()
            sheet.Range(String.Format("D{0}", i)).Text = workbook.GetPaletteColor(backKnownColor).B.ToString()

            'Merge the sheets 
            sheet.Range(String.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)).Merge()

            'Set the text of sheetE-sheetK
            sheet.Range(String.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)).Text = colorName

            'Set the interior of the color
            sheet.Range(String.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)).Style.Interior.FillPattern = ExcelPatternType.Gradient
            sheet.Range(String.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)).Style.Interior.Gradient.BackKnownColor = backKnownColor
            sheet.Range(String.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)).Style.Interior.Gradient.ForeKnownColor = ExcelColors.White
            sheet.Range(String.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)).Style.Interior.Gradient.GradientStyle = GradientStyleType.Vertical
            sheet.Range(String.Format("E{0}:K{0}", i)).Style.Interior.Gradient.GradientVariant = GradientVariantsType.ShadingVariants1

        'AutoFit Column

        'Save doc file.

        'Launching the MS Word file.
    End Sub
End Module

After running the demo, you will find color interior in your 2007 worksheet.