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How to Check Whether Excel is Installed in the System or Not

, 7 Nov 2013 CPOL 12K 10
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Here we will explore the trick to verify whether Excel is installed in the client's system or not by C#.

Introduction

If you are using Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel for Excel related operations in your application, then you must check if Excel is installed in the client machine or not. This tip gives you that trick.

Background

This little piece of code is a result of the research during development of one Windows Utility, which uploads Excel sheets to database.

Using the Code

We will use Type Class and its method Type.GetTypeFromProgID Method (String).

Gets the type associated with the specified program identifier (ProgID), returning null if an error is encountered while loading the Type.

Return Value

Type: System.Type
The type associated with the specified ProgID, if progID is a valid entry in the registry and a type is associated with it; otherwise, null.

For Excel, the ProgID is Excel.Application. So, the below code is used to check whether Excel is installed or not.

Type officeType = Type.GetTypeFromProgID("Excel.Application");

if (officeType == null)
{
    // Excel is not installed.
    // Show message or alert that Excel is not installed.
}
else
{
    // Excel is installed.
    // Continue your work.
}

History

  • 07 November 2013 - First version submitted for approval

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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QuestionDoes this code fails if Excel not installed in machine ? Pin
kiquenet.com25-Mar-15 3:08
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AnswerRe: Does this code fails if Excel not installed in machine ? Pin
Tadit Dash (ତଡିତ୍ କୁମାର ଦାଶ)25-Mar-15 4:31
protectorTadit Dash (ତଡିତ୍ କୁମାର ଦାଶ)25-Mar-15 4:31 
GeneralRe: Does this code fails if Excel not installed in machine ? Pin
kiquenet.com25-Mar-15 5:22
memberkiquenet.com25-Mar-15 5:22 
AnswerRe: Does this code fails if Excel not installed in machine ? Pin
Tadit Dash (ତଡିତ୍ କୁମାର ଦାଶ)25-Mar-15 5:37
protectorTadit Dash (ତଡିତ୍ କୁମାର ଦାଶ)25-Mar-15 5:37 
GeneralRe: Does this code fails if Excel not installed in machine ? Pin
kiquenet.com25-Mar-15 6:29
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Sibeesh KV13-Nov-14 18:56
professionalSibeesh KV13-Nov-14 18:56 
GeneralRe: My vote of 5 Pin
Tadit Dash (ତଡିତ୍ କୁମାର ଦାଶ)17-Nov-14 3:50
protectorTadit Dash (ତଡିତ୍ କୁମାର ଦାଶ)17-Nov-14 3:50 
GeneralRe: My vote of 5 Pin
Sibeesh KV17-Nov-14 5:23
professionalSibeesh KV17-Nov-14 5:23 
QuestionCheck if Excell installed is 64 bit or 32 Bit Pin
thangtx17-Mar-14 2:24
memberthangtx17-Mar-14 2:24 
AnswerRe: Check if Excell installed is 64 bit or 32 Bit Pin
Tadit Dash20-Mar-14 20:18
protectorTadit Dash20-Mar-14 20:18 
QuestionWhich Excel version(s) is installed? Pin
Dennis M Wallentin11-Nov-13 3:49
memberDennis M Wallentin11-Nov-13 3:49 
AnswerRe: Which Excel version(s) is installed? Pin
Tadit Dash11-Nov-13 4:41
professionalTadit Dash11-Nov-13 4:41 
AnswerRe: Which Excel version(s) is installed? Pin
MadJohn11-Nov-13 18:47
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AnswerRe: Which Excel version(s) is installed? Pin
Tadit Dash11-Nov-13 20:02
professionalTadit Dash11-Nov-13 20:02 
GeneralMy Vote of 4 Pin
Patil Kishor7-Nov-13 13:58
memberPatil Kishor7-Nov-13 13:58 
GeneralRe: My Vote of 4 Pin
Tadit Dash7-Nov-13 20:24
professionalTadit Dash7-Nov-13 20:24 
GeneralMy vote of 4 Pin
Marco Bertschi7-Nov-13 6:50
professionalMarco Bertschi7-Nov-13 6:50 
Nice one, Tadit - It might be even improvable by providing information what the ProgID for the other office applications are (Word etc, but maybe even Visio or MS Project).
AnswerRe: My vote of 4 Pin
Tadit Dash7-Nov-13 7:24
professionalTadit Dash7-Nov-13 7:24 
AnswerRe: My vote of 4 Pin
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