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Printing lists to a printer is a normal thing. But
it is better if you can send data to Excel so the user of a business
application is able to make changes, send the sheet via e-mail, and so on. Sending data to excel via ODBC is not the best
thing, because there is no formatting possible (borders, colours, fonts, ...).
The compiled EXE-file was testet with Win95,
Win98, WinNT, Win2000, WinXP and Excel95, Excel97, Excel2000. The developing system was Win98 with Office 97.
How does the system work?
Every report has the following scheme (per page):
- section: HEADER
- section: POSITION
- section: FOOTER
When you send data to excel you have to transform
CRect-structures to rows and columns. The best way is to use only the
CRect-structures from the POSITION section for transforming them to columns.
How to use the class CPrintExcel?
After all this the function
printingToExcel.PrintExcel (ID_EXCEL_CLOSE, NULL, "Clientreport", 0, NULL, ID_FORMAT_PORTRAIT);
ID_EXCEL_CLOSE sets the sheetname to "
in portrait-mode and shows Excel.
PrintExcel has the following parameters:
is a text, a font, a line, a background sent
the rect-structure you use for printing
the text to print
the backgroundcolor or the textcolor
information for the font to set
justify left, right, center, use masks like "#,##0.00"
when you look at PrintExcel.h you will find the constants for formatting text
und the different possible Excel-functions.
As you can see, the body for the functions
CTestExcelView::OnMenuExcel() is nearly the same. So it
should be easy to expand your application with this functionality.
Only the array A## - ZZ## will be transformed,
that means there are up to 56 Columns available. It is no problem to expand
this. The source for calculating the cols and rows is
not difficult, so it is easy to adapt the code to your specific reports.
German uses have to set the variable
m_nGerman = TRUE, because the
decimal sign must be changed from "," to
English users: Look at "int
CPrintExcel::PrintExcel (int nFunction, ..." (File
PrintExcel.cpp). You will find
If you don't use a German version of Excel it may
be necessary to change these lines to "
because the German version uses a different decimal sign. I was not able
to test this, because I only have a German version.