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How to cleanly kill an Excel object from memory.

Last Modified: 2012-05-09
We've all seen it.  That silly EXCEL.EXE stays resident in memory no matter what approach you take.  I've even seen multiple EXCEL.EXE objects appear in the process list in task manager when in fact my code only opens one occurence.  I came up with a way to kill all EXCEL's from memory.  I hope this helps your anguish in the matter.

Imports System
Imports System.Diagnostics

Private Sub printdocument1_EndPrint(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Drawing.Printing.PrintEventArgs) Handles printdocument1.EndPrint

        Do While True
            'kill all resident excels in memory with extreme prejudice
            If CloseAllResidentExcels() = True Then
                Exit Do
            End If
        'reinit your vars here
        xlApp = CType(CreateObject("Excel.Application"), Excel.Application)
        wbkToShow = xlApp.Workbooks.Add(XlWBATemplate.xlWBATWorksheet)
        wshToShow = DirectCast(wbkToShow.Worksheets("Sheet1"), Excel.Worksheet)

    End Sub
    Private Function CloseAllResidentExcels() As Boolean

        CloseAllResidentExcels = False

            'loop this process until there are no valid id's to return
            Dim Prc As Process
            Dim localByName As Process() = Process.GetProcessesByName("EXCEL")
            Prc = Process.GetProcessById(localByName(0).Id)

        Catch ex As Exception
            CloseAllResidentExcels = True
        End Try

    End Function

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