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I created an Excel file using C# and I need to insert a picture in it and save the file with the picture.

I used the following code to insert a picture into a cell, and it worked - the picture was inserted into the opened file
                        oXL = new Excel.Application();
                        //Get a new workbook.
                        oWB = (Excel._Workbook)(oXL.Workbooks.Add( Missing.Value ));
                        oSheetP = (Excel._Worksheet)oWB.Worksheets[1];
                        oXL.Visible = true;

                                                                //populate the file below
                                                                // ....................some code
                                                               
                                                                // insert a picture
                        string thelogo = currentDir + "\\images\\logo.gif";
                        System.Drawing.Image oImage = System.Drawing.Image.FromFile(thelogo);
                        Excel.Range imgRange;

                        imgRange = (Excel.Range)oSheetP.Cells[1, 12];
                        System.Windows.Forms.Clipboard.SetDataObject(oImage, true);
                        oSheetP.Paste(imgRange, thelogo);

But then I used the following code to save the file, and the picture was not saved.  (In the process of file saving, I was notified by the prompt box that the picture will be lost, and it was lost.)
                  oWB.SaveAs(MyFileName, Excel.XlFileFormat.xlXMLSpreadsheet,
                                    System.Reflection.Missing.Value, System.Reflection.Missing.Value,
                                    System.Reflection.Missing.Value, System.Reflection.Missing.Value,
                                    Excel.XlSaveAsAccessMode.xlNoChange,
                                    System.Reflection.Missing.Value, System.Reflection.Missing.Value,
                                    System.Reflection.Missing.Value, System.Reflection.Missing.Value,
                                    System.Reflection.Missing.Value);

How can I save the file to preserve a picture in it?
Do I need to use another code to insert a picture or another code to save the file?

Please not that when I just tried to save the opened file by clicking on File/Save As on the Excel menu, the file was saved, and the picture was saved as well.  So the picture can be saved.  But I need to save the file using C# code, and it is just that this Workbook.SaveAs( ) method does not do the work.

Please suggest a solution
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by:bruintje
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Hi pavelmed,
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you are using excel xml format in the save method is that what you want? if you use the normal excel save from the file menu did you use xml as the file format too?

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When I save an Excel file as an XML spreadsheet, I get the following warning:

The following features from your workbook will not be saved in the XML Spreadsheet:

* AutoShapes, other objects, or charts

Do you want to continue saving as an XML Spreadsheet?


So it appears that XML spreadsheets do not support embedded objects (including images).
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no indeed, normal xml does not store images either if it at all they will be stored as link, xml is purely a text format and images are not embedded
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by:bruintje
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they are probably stored in a seperate folder with the file as the html format did when you save a excel sheet as webpage
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by:pavelmed
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Thanks to both of you!
I did not want to save the file as XML format, I just did not notice that it was saved this way.
I changed the format to xlExcel9795, and it worked!

Thank you for answering so quickly!

I'll split points since you both helped me.  Have a good day!
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great it worked for you, thanks for the grade :)
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