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Email Excel Spreadsheet as Email Body Issues

Hello all. I had a production manager wanting an excel spreadsheet mailed as the body of the email. As some of you know the code generated by excel to produce the email is pretty crazy. But as a result, it showed up fine in Outlook and Android but it did not show the gridlines on the spreadsheet. So this code is based on the excellent work by Ron DeBruin over at . I did a replacement for the HTML Range in this manner and the grid lines did appear. And the manager was happy.

Sub Mail_Selection_Range_Outlook_Body()
‘For Tips see:
‘Don’t forget to copy the function RangetoHTML in the module.
‘Working in Excel 2000-2016
    Dim rng As Range
    Dim OutApp As Object
    Dim OutMail As Object
‘MsgBox Cells(5, 9).Value
    Set rng = Nothing
    On Error Resume Next
    ‘Only the visible cells in the selection
    Set rng = Selection.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeVisible)
    ‘You can also use a fixed range if you want
    ‘Set rng = Sheets(“YourSheet”).Range(“D4:D12”).SpecialCells(xlCellTypeVisible)
    On Error GoTo 0

    If rng Is Nothing Then
        MsgBox “The selection is not a range or the sheet is protected” & _
               vbNewLine & “please correct and try again.”, vbOKOnly
        Exit Sub
    End If

    With Application
        .EnableEvents = False
        .ScreenUpdating = False
    End With

    Set OutApp = CreateObject(“Outlook.Application”)
    Set OutMail = OutApp.CreateItem(0)

    On Error Resume Next
    With OutMail
        .BodyFormat = olFormatHTML
        .To = “”       
         .CC = “”
        .BCC = “”
        .Subject = “Testing Purchase Order Email To Steve”
        .HTMLBody = RangetoHTML(rng)
        Replace .HTMLBody, “border-left:none”, “border-left:solid;border-width: 1px;border-color:black”
        Replace .HTMLBody, “border-right:none”, “border-right:solid;border-width: 1px;border-color:black”
        Replace .HTMLBody, “border-bottom:none”, “border-bottom:solid;border-width: 1px;border-color:black”
        Replace .HTMLBody, “border-top:none”, “border-bottom:solid;border-width: 1px;border-color:black”
         ‘or use .Display
    End With
    On Error GoTo 0

    With Application
        .EnableEvents = True
        .ScreenUpdating = True
    End With

    Set OutMail = Nothing
    Set OutApp = Nothing
End Sub

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Fluent C# Review : Chapter Three

I am reviewing an advanced copy of the book Fluent C# by noted .NET author Rebecca Riordan.

My focus today will be on chapter three. Chapter three picks up where chapter two left off  in describing the Visual Studio environment. It does an excellent job of reviewing the more intricate details of Visual Studio. Again, it ignores winforms and focuses on the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) forms and design editor. Encouraging the reader to customize the interface for themselves, it shows how to do that. I certainly have not seen that done before so early on in the process and in such an easygoing manner. It ends the first section explaining what Intellisense is. Later on in this chapter it goes into how members are listed. An excellent tutorial on refactoring and such is also discussed. It’s possible this discussion could have waited a bit until later on but it still works here.

We then move on to cover what a Visual Studio solution and project is and what it contains including a very helpful diagram, as they seem to always do in this book, explaining what the relationship between the various items in a Visual Studio solution and project are.


The next section introduces designer and source files, resources and your design documents. Covering how to add items to a solution or project comes next along with a graphical and step by step process of how to modify project properties. Changing the icon and window property is one such example they cover. Then we build the application to see the results of the changes.

Further customization of the Visual Studio environment is then discussed in the usual graphical and step by step nature this book is so good at.


Overall I wish I had had a book like this when I first started using Visual Studio so many eons ago!

The next chapter gets into debugging and deploying an application. Moving right along the user shouldn’t be overwhelmed with this patient, easy going manner of teaching.

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Fluent C# Review : Chapter Two

I am reviewing an advanced copy of the book Fluent C# by noted .NET author Rebecca Riordan.

My focus today will be on Chapter Two. Chapter Two gets into some of the nuts and bolts of the .NET Framework and writes the initial “Hello World” application that these beginner books almost always do. They begin by putting up a very nice illustration of how .NET works. Truly I have not seen it explained in such a way before!


They give you a little quiz on what you picked up.

Then there is an explanation of why the .NET Framework is a better way to go than say a Visual Basic 6 way of thinking. I am not sure that to a beginner programmer they understand or need to know any of this. But they certainly make good points. Being an old VB6 and VBA programmer myself I certainly could appreciate what was said.

Then they proceed into building the first application. But there is a little twist. Riordan chooses to not even bother with winforms and instead chooses to plow right into a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application. At first the choice seemed odd to me. But as I considered it this makes sense. WPF is the future. Winforms is dying. It’s a sad truth but it is what it is.

Riordan walks you through the process of creating a WPF application in Visual Studio 2010 while beautifully illustrating how to do that task.


Then the first example of modifying a property in the WPF gui is introduced. Really it is quite well done. The appropriate message box appears saying “hello world!” is displayed. She tells the user to take a break and congratulates them on their first application. She then displays and explains the code editor in the same easy going manner. Another note that often goes on through out this book she often gives the novice programmer fun little facts to digest, so as to have fun while learning. Imagine that! C# learning being made fun!

We will be covering Chapter Three in the next entry where the Visual Studio interface will be reviewed in more detail.

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Write Data From DataTable To Excel With an Array Using C#

This is actually a redo of code written in a while back that dumps data from a datatable in a dataset into an excel spreadsheet in an effective and fast manner. I am always getting asked how to do this in C# so I decided to put that up today. Yes, I do C# too! Just didn’t want to admit it….

It’s pretty self explanatory. Don’t forget to clean up your excel instance when done. If you have any questions please feel free to send me an email.

Import an excel reference and at the top of your code you need your import statements. Then simply pass your dataset and datatable (granted you could just pass the datatable – I had my reasons for passing the dataset too at the time) to the method. The array is declared as an object because sometimes the compiler has to deal with unforeseen data issues that might arise and it has been effective for me to do let it handle those situations as they arise. I hope you find this useful.

using Excel = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel;
using Office = Microsoft.Office.Core;

public void CreateSpreadSheetFromDataSet(DataSet ds, DataTable dt)

            Excel.Application Excel = new Excel.Application();
            Excel.Visible = true;
            Excel.Worksheet WSheet = new Excel.Worksheet();
            WSheet = Excel.ActiveWorkbook.ActiveSheet;
            int rows = ds.Tables[dt.TableName].Rows.Count;
            int columns = ds.Tables[dt.TableName].Columns.Count;
            int r = 0; int c = 0;
            object[,] DataArray = new object[rows + 1, columns + 1];
            for (c = 0; c <= columns – 1; c++)
                DataArray[r, c] = ds.Tables[dt.TableName].Columns[c].ColumnName;
                for (r = 0; r <= rows – 1; r++)
                    DataArray[r, c] = ds.Tables[dt.TableName].Rows[r][c];
                } //end row loop
            } //end column loop

//actually write array to Excel Spreadsheet
            WSheet.Range[“A2”].Resize[rows, columns].Value = DataArray;

            //write header row to spreadsheet
            int DataTableColumnCounter;
            int ExcelColumnCounter = 1; //excel spreadsheets start at 1 when counting columns not zero!
            for (DataTableColumnCounter = 0; DataTableColumnCounter <= ds.Tables[dt.TableName].Columns.Count – 1; DataTableColumnCounter++)
                WSheet.Cells[1, ExcelColumnCounter].Value = ds.Tables[dt.TableName].Columns[DataTableColumnCounter].ColumnName;
                ExcelColumnCounter = ExcelColumnCounter + 1; //moving to next column

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