MindFusion WinForms Spreadsheet Control: Convert XLSX to PDF

This blog demonstrates how easily you can convert XLSX files to PDF using the Windows Forms Spreadsheet control.


Create a new WinForms application and add the necessary assemblies to the project. Add a WorkbookView control to the main application window. Note, that this is not necessary for the conversion – it is done only to display the original XLSX file.

Perform the conversion

Add a button to the main form, set its text to ‘Convert…’ and handle its Click event. In the event handler display an OpenFileDialog to query the user for the input XLSX file, then display a SaveFileDialog to request the target PDF file. Once the two files are specified, proceed with the conversion by creating an ExcelImporter and PdfExporter objects and using their Import and Export methods in succession:

// Import the data
var importer = new ExcelImporter();
importer.Import(xlsxPath, workbook1);

// Export the worksheet as PDF
var exporter = new PdfExporter();
exporter.EnableGridLines = true;
exporter.Export(workbook1.Worksheets[0], pdfPath);

// Open the PDF

The xlsxPath and pdfPath variables identify the respective XLSX and PDF file names. The workbook1 variable represents the Workbook displayed on the form. Once the conversion is complete, the PDF file is opened in the default PDF viewer by calling Process.Start.

The following image illustrates the result:

The source code of the project together with all necessary libraries can be downloaded from here:

Convert .XLSX to .PDF Files Using the WinForms Spreadsheet Control: Download Sample

You are welcome to ask any questions about the WorkbookView control at MindFusion discussion board or per e-mail at support@mindfusion.eu.

Click here here to visit the official page of the MindFusion WinForms Spreadsheet control.

We hope you find this tutorial useful and thank you for your interest in MindFusion developer tools.

MindFusion.WinForms Pack, 2016.R2

MindFusion suite of WinForms controls has just been released and boasts a variety of new features to make you build WinForms applications faster and easier. Here is a review of the new version:

MindFusion Chart Control MindFusion.Charting

New data model

Data that should be drawn in charts is read through an interface called Series, whose instances can be assigned to the Series properties of Chart and SeriesRenderer classes. You can implement this interface in your own model classes to avoid duplicating data. The library includes several pre-defined series classes that let you specify data via IList or array objects.

Different series types in a single plot

The new data model allows adding different series types to a single plot

New rendering model

Chart graphics are drawn inside Plot components by SeriesRenderer-derived objects. Each plot can contain multiple series renderers from same or different types. For example, you can draw area, line and bar graphics in same plot by adding AreaRenderer, LineRenderer and BarRenderer objects to its SeriesRenderers collection. Chart controls automatically generate a series renderer of appropriate type for their Series.


The Dashboard control can contain multiple plots, axes, legends, images, gauges and text blocks arranged in dynamic layout. Individual components can be added to dashboard’s default RootPanel or LayoutPanel containers, or for more complex layouts add intermediary panels such as GridPanel and StackPanel to the default ones. To show different types of chart graphics, add Plot2D to draw in 2D Cartesian coordinate system, Plot3D for 3D Cartesian system, and PolarPlot for polar coordinate system. To draw horizontal or vertical axes, add respectively XAxisRenderer and YAxisRenderer objects. To show gauges, add LinearGaugeRenderer or OvalGaugeRenderer, whose Gauge property contains the gauge model definition.

The new WinForms Chart has a built-in dashboard control.

The new WinForms Chart has a built-in dashboard control.

Print and export

The Dashboard control and Chart controls that derive from it expose Print and PrintPreview methods for printing on paper. Call the ExportImage and CreateImage methods to generate bitmap image of the dashboard. The ExportPdf method exports the chart to a PDF (Portable Document Format) file. The ExportSvg method exports the chart to an SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) file.


Values of appearance properties can come from several places in the component hierarchy. SeriesRenderer-derived objects can use attributes from their local SeriesStyle, from plot’s SeriesStyle, or from the *Series properties in current Theme. Component classes use either their local properties or ones defined in the theme. By default, appearance properties in SeriesRenderer > and Component > classes have null values, which makes the drawing code use values from the theme.

A rich choice of styling options are available

A rich choice of styling options are available

MindFusion WebForms Diagrammer MindFusion.Diagramming

Free-form nodes

A FreeFormNode collects all points from users’ mouse or touch input and displays them as node’s outline. To let users draw free-form nodes interactively, set Behavior to DrawFreeForms or LinkFreeForms. Use the Points property of FreeFormNode to get or set outline points programmatically. If the Closed property is set, the node is drawn as a closed shape and its interior filled, or otherwise the node is drawn as a poly-line. If the distance between first and last points drawn by user is shorter than AutoCloseDistance, the node’s Closed property is automatically set to true.

Free form nodes are drawn with the mouse

Free form nodes: just draw the node with the mouse and the control understands the shape you want

LinkLabel edit events

LinkTextEditing and LinkTextEdited events are now raised also when the user edits a LinkLabel. The Label property of the respective event-arguments class identifies the LinkLabel that is being edited. Label is a null reference if the user is editing link’s Text value.

keyboard16x16MindFusion Virtual Keyboard

MindFusion Virtual Keyboard has been initially added to MindFusion Pack for WinForms.

The WinForms virtual keyboard control: extended layout

The WinForms virtual keyboard control: extended layout

WPF Reporting ToolMindFusion.Reporting

Improved charts
MindFusion.Reporting now uses the new MindFusion charting engine to display charts in reports. The presentation of the charts has been greatly improved (particularly when resizing the charts).

Pie charts in a WinForms report

Pie charts in a WinForms report


New and improved charts
MindFusion.Spreadsheet now uses the new MindFusion charting engine to display charts in worksheets. Along with the improved appearance (particularly when resizing the charts), the following new features have been added:

  • New Candlestick chart type;
  • New BarOverlayed and ColumnOverlayed chart types;
  • Several new legend position types;

The worksheets can now be zoomed in and out through the new Zoom property.

Charts in a spreadsheet

The new chart engine makes spreadsheets even more appealing

MindFusion clients can download the installer for the latest version from the clients area on MindFusion website.

A direct link to download the WinForms pack is available from here:

Download MindFusion WinForms Pack 2016.R2

Updated assemblies are also available as MindFusion.Pack NuGet package.

About MindFusion.WinForms Pack: A rich set of programming components that provide WinForms developers with the complete list of features to build even the most complicated business applications fast and easy. The components integrate seamlessly and provide with a mouse click functionality that takes months to develop. Each control boasts various samples and tutorials, extensive documentation and numerous customization options that make it suitable for every type of software and scenario.

Further details about each component in the pack are available from MindFusion website:

Use this link to buy a license online. All components are royalty-free.

Virtual Keyboard Controls Added To MindFusion WinForms/WPF Packs

MindFusion UI controls suite now includes a virtual keyboard.

MindFusion UI controls suite now includes a virtual keyboard.

Dear MindFusion current and future clients,
Dear FreezePro clients,

MindFusion is pleased to announce that as of April 2016 it has acquired FreezePro Virtual Keyboard components, which will be released as part of MindFusion WinForms/WPF controls suites. We want to use this opportunity to thank all MindFusion and FreezePro clients for the loyalty – you’ve chosen us over multiple competitive products and we believe you are satisfied with your choice.

To please you even more we offer you special prices for upgrading to MindFusion WinForms/WPF pack. You get a 30% discount on the difference between the price of a component’s license you own and the price of the WinForms/WPF pack license you want to buy. MindFusion clients who already own a WinForms/WPF Pack license get the Virtual Keyboard component free of charge.

If you want to use the preferential upgrade prices please send an e-mail to info@mindfusion.eu no later than May 31st, 2016.

If you have technical questions about any of the components please contact MindFusion at support@mindfusion.eu. Use the same email for questions about licensing or transfer of intellectual property rights.

Welcome to the bigger MindFusion family!

MindFusion WPF Pack

WPF Spreadsheet With Conditional Formatting and Sum Function

In this step-by-step guide we will create a spreadsheet in WPF, which represents a  template with the monthly bills.

I. Setup of the Project.

We create a new WPF project and add the following dlls:

Spreadsheet for WPF: referenced dll-s.

Spreadsheet for WPF: referenced dll-s.

Then, in XAML, we map the spreadsheet namespace to the prefix “ss”:


Finally, we create a WorkbookView and Workbook instances, which we’ll use later in code.

 <ss:WorkbookView x:Name="workbookView">
            <ss:Workbook x:Name="workbook" />

II. Header.

The next step is to add a sheet to our workbook like this:

            var activeSheet = workbook.Worksheets.Add();
            workbookView.ActiveWorksheet = activeSheet;

Now, we can start to build the actual house bills template. First, we define the global formatting for the worksheet:

var globalStyle = activeSheet.CellRanges[0, 0, 
     activeSheet.Columns.Count - 1, activeSheet.Rows.Count - 1].Style;
            globalStyle.FontName = "Tahoma";
            globalStyle.FontSize = 10;

We get all cells from the active sheet and set the font name and font size, which we’ll be used when we edit them.

Then, we define the header of the bills template.

     //initialize header label and style
      var heading = activeSheet.CellRanges["A3:H3"];
      activeSheet.Rows[2].Height = "40pt";
      activeSheet.Columns[0, 8].Width = "80pt";
      activeSheet.Cells["A3"].Data = "Bills for March, 2016";

The header is at the second row and spans from the first to the eighth cell e.g. from A3 to H3. We merge the cells and increase the height. We also increase the width of the first eight columns because we want larger cells to fit the bill content. Last but not least we set the label. The label is assigned to the first cell of the merged cells.

Next, we’ll do some styling of the font and label of the title:

      var headingStyle = heading.Style;            
      headingStyle.FontSize = 14;
      headingStyle.FontBold = true;            
      headingStyle.VerticalAlignment = MindFusion.Spreadsheet.Wpf.VerticalAlignment.Middle;
      headingStyle.PaddingLeft = "5pt";
      headingStyle.TextBrush = Brushes.LightSlateGray;

Here we get the Style object of the header, increase the font size and set the font style to bold, vertically align the title in the middle and add some padding to it. We use a slate gray brush for the heading. The underscore is done using two BorderBottom properties:

        headingStyle.BorderBottomBrush = Brushes.DarkGreen;
        headingStyle.BorderBottomSize = "2pt";

III. Description Block.

The description block is made of six cells:

string[] headerLabels = new string[] { "Description", "Start Date",
 "Due Date", "Amount", "Date Paid", "Remarks" };
            for (int i = 0; i < headerLabels.Length; i++)
                activeSheet.Cells[i, 4].Data = headerLabels[i];

Each cell describes certain data we’ll need for the house bills table. We want to apply some formatting to indicate this is a header row. We make the font bold and italic, align text in the middle, add a top border and gray background:

         heading = activeSheet.CellRanges["A5:H5"];
         headingStyle = heading.Style;
         headingStyle.HorizontalAlignment = 
         headingStyle.Background = Brushes.LightGray;
         headingStyle.BorderTopBrush = Brushes.Gray;
         headingStyle.BorderTopSize = "1pt";
         headingStyle.FontItalic = true;
         headingStyle.FontBold = true;
         headingStyle.FontSize = 10;       

The description column will hold presumably more text and we merge three cells for it:

      //merge the cells with the description
      for (int i = 4; i < 15; i++)
           var description = activeSheet.CellRanges[5, i, 7, i];

Some of our cells show DateTime values. We want to format the data to show entries like “12-January-2016”. Here is how this is done:

       //format cells that hold date values
       activeSheet.CellRanges["B6:C15"].Style.Format = "dd-mmmm-yy";
       activeSheet.CellRanges["E6:E15"].Style.Format = "dd-mmmm-yy";

IV. Formulas.

We want to have a cell that sums all the current bills to give us an overview how much we have to pay this month. We’ll use the SUM function, which is just one of the many functions Spreadsheet for WPF supports – you can check the list here.

      activeSheet.Cells["D17"].Data = "=SUM(D6:D15)";
      activeSheet.Cells["D17"].Style.Format = "$##.##";

V. Conditional Formatting.

The last feature we want to add is to paint in red those bills whose sum is for more than 100 USD. That is done with conditional formatting:

      var billsStyle = activeSheet.CellRanges[3, 5, 3, 14].Style;
      billsStyle.Format = "$##.##";
      var format1 = billsStyle.ConditionalFormats.Add();
      format1.Type = 
      format1.Operator = 
      format1.Second = "100";
      format1.Style.TextBrush = Brushes.Red;

We select the cells that render the sums and add a new IConditionalFormat object. It users the operator “greater than” and changes the text brush to red if the data of the cells gets higher than 100.

This is the final type of customization we’ve performed on this workbook. We call


to signalize that initialization for this worksheet is over. Here is the result:

Spreadsheet for WPF Sample: Bills Template

Spreadsheet for WPF Sample: Bills Template

The sample is available for download from this link:

WPF Spreadsheet Control: House Expenses Template

The control’s libraries are included in the archive.

Technical support is available at the discussion board, per e-mail or at the help desk. We are happy to assist you.

About WPF Spreadsheet control from MindFusion: A native WPF component, which provides every single feature you’ll need to create an Excel-like spreadsheet in your own application in a matter of hours. The control is packed with a versatile chart library, which let’s you enhance your spreadsheets with compelling graphs of any type. The various user interaction options fit perfectly with the high demands of today’s application of performance and flexibility. Achieving the desired look and feel is easily accomplished with the efficient style system and the numerous appearance properties. The control provides a line of auxiliary forms, which enable programmers to easily edit and organize the spreadsheet data for the best and fastest possible results.

WPF Spreadsheet control is part of MindFusion WPF Pack of components – the tools that make WPF development fast and easy. Details here.

MindFusion.WinForms Pack, 2016.R1

MindFusion Pack for WinForms, 2016.R1 has been released. Here is an overview of the new features. You can find details about each new feature here.

Visual Studio 2015 support
MindFusion Pack for WinForms now includes support for Visual Studio 2015. The installer can create VS2015 toolbox palette for the components.

The new BarcodeLabel and BarcodePrinter classes allow displaying and printing EAN, UPC or QR barcodes.

BarcodeLabel:  QR barcodes

BarcodeLabel: QR barcodes

MindFusion WebForms DiagrammerMindFusion.Diagramming

Street maps
MapNodes can render street maps in OpenStreetMap format. Call FromXml method of MapContent to load an .osm file.

MindFusion WinForms  Street maps

MindFusion WinForms Street maps

Resize table columns and rows
Columns and rows of a TableNode can now be resized interactively if its AllowResizeColumns or AllowResizeRows properties are enabled. In order to resize, move the mouse pointer to the border line on column’s right side or row’s bottom side until it shows resize cursor and start dragging.

Barcode nodes
The BarcodeNode class displays EAN, UPC or QR barcodes as node’s content. In-place edit operations let users enter new numeric codes for 1D codes or text strings for QR codes.


  • Support for .NET 2 has been dropped; the minimum supported .NET framework version now is 3.5.
  • Distribution now includes a set of digitally-signed assemblies.
  • Undo/redo records for in-place edit operations are now created automatically. They are represented by instances of the EditTextCmd class.
  • CompositeNode supports vertical scrolling in EditComponent (only via keyboard).
  • Support for FromPage and ToPage properties of PrinterSettings .
  • CreateBarcodeNode methods added to the Factory class.
  • The BarcodeNodeStyle property of Diagram defines the default appearance of BarcodeNodes.
  • Improved speed when dragging large hierarchies of grouped nodes.
  • ZoomControl can now be used with other components by MindFusion and has been moved to MindFusion.Common.WinForms assembly and namespace.
  • and much more.


Street maps
You can render street maps in OpenStreetMap format by adding a StreetMapLayer instance to the MapView. In order to load a street map, create a new StreetMapLayer > object and call its Map‘s LoadFromXml method to load the corresponding *.osm file.

Zoom control
The ZoomControl class lets user change interactively the current zoom level and scroll position of a MapView. To set it up, add a ZoomControl to the form, place it anywhere over a MapView, and set the control’s Target property to that view.


Multiple selection
Now it’s possible to select multiple decorations or map shapes by drawing a selection rectangle. To enable that, set the Behavior property to Select. Selected elements are stored in the Selection collection of respective layer objects.

API changes

  • The type of MapElement‘s Label property has been changed from string to Label class. The FontName and FontSize properties have been moved from MapElement to Label.
  • Type of Layers property changed from List to ObservableCollection .

WPF Reporting ToolMindFusion.Reporting

MindFusion.Reporting reports can now display UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, and QR barcodes. The barcodes are represented by the new Barcode report item.

WinForms Reporter: Barcode Report Items

WinForms Reporter: Barcode Report Items


WebForms Scheduler by MindFusionMindFusion.Scheduling

Improved List View
The List view can now display an additional header and a footer. To turn them on, set the appropriate flag to the HeaderStyle property of the ListViewSettings class. The FooterFormat and MainHeaderFormat properties let you customize the text in the respective header. The text can also be customized through the CustomizeText event of the Calendar class. The size of the headers can be specified through the MainHeaderSize and FooterSize properties. Interactive Recurrence Rescheduling Recurrences can be rescheduled interactively by holding down the RescheduleRecurrenceKey while dragging a recurrent item. The control tries to preserve the current pattern of the recurrence when possible.

New Theme
A new built-in theme is available in MindFusion.Scheduling – the Light theme. It is available through the ThemeType enumeration.

The new 'Light' theme

The new ‘Light’ theme

New Properties
Several new properties have been added to the control:



Worksheets now support autofiltering. To enable it, call the AutoFilter method of the CellRange class. To specify autofiltering criteria for individual columns, use the AutoFilter overload.

WinForms Spreadsheet: Auto filtering

Multiple Selection
MindFusion.Spreadsheet now supports selection of multiple cell ranges. Cell ranges can be added to the selection interactively, by holding down the CTRL key while dragging with the mouse, or programmatically, by using one of the new methods of the Selection class: Add, AddRow, and AddColumn.


Installer for the latest version can be downloaded at http://www.mindfusion.eu/WinFormsTrial.zip

Updated assemblies are also available as MindFusion.Pack NuGet package.

About MindFusion.WinForms Pack: A set of five WinForms programming components that provide your application with a rich choice of diagramming, charting, scheduling, mapping, reporting and gauge features. The tools are very easy to implement and use. They boast intuitive API and various step-by-step tutorials to get you started. Both online and offline documentation is available.

A sample browser presents you with all the samples for each control to let you easily navigate to what you need. You can check some of the features of each component right now if you look at the online demos:

Visit the features – page of the components for more information about their capabilities:

You can check the prices and licensing scheme here. All components are royalty-free.