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I want to add to my excel automation code

1. create minor Horizontal gride lines

2. besides having blue, red, green bars have each color have a pattern inside too. So if printed on blank and white it would stand out wich one wsa which.

3. how can I make the Chart bigger than what it keeps coming out to be?

Thanks
*For Excel Corrections Graph

		lcTitleWC = "Loc: "+lcLoc+" " +lcDept+" IRR Correction for " +lcBeginLastWeek+ " to " +lcEndLastWeek+ "."

		lcCatTitleWC = "Error Codes / Time / Cost"

		lcValTitleWC = " Number of Occurences"

	

* Open Excel Sheet

		oExcel = Createobject("Excel.Application")

		oExcel.Visible = .T.

		oWorkbook = oExcel.Workbooks.Open("c:\irr_corrections_graph_"+ALLT(STR(m.loc))+"_"+m.dept+".xls")



* Format the Font

		oRange = oExcel.ActiveSheet.Range("A1:I1").Select

		oExcel.Selection.Font.Bold = .T.

		oExcel.Selection.Font.Underline = 2

		oRange = oExcel.ActiveSheet.Range("A2:I2").Select

		*oExcel.ActiveWindow.FreezePanes = .T.

		oExcel.ActiveSheet.Cells.Select

		oExcel.ActiveSheet.Cells.EntireColumn.AutoFit



*Size the chart

		oChart = oExcel.Sheets[1].ChartObjects.Add(45.7,173.2,319.5,190.5)

		oChart.Activate

		oRange = 'oExcel.ActiveSheet.Range("A1:A' + cRows + ',B1:B' + cRows + ',C1:C' + cRows + ',D1:D' + cRows + '")'

		oExcel.ActiveChart.ChartWizard(&oRange, 3, 4, 2, 1, 1, .T.,lcTitleWC, lcCatTitleWC, lcValTitleWC)

		*oExcel.ActiveChart.SetElement (msoElementPrimaryValueGridLinesMinorMajor)

		*oExcel.ActiveChart.SeriesCollection[1].HasDataLabels = .T.

		*oExcel.ActiveChart.SeriesCollection[1].ApplyDataLabels[3]

*Turn OFF prompt to overwrite existing file

*Excel Equivalent of 'SET SAFETY OFF'

		oExcel.DisplayAlerts = .F.

* Save and quit Excel

		oWorkbook.SaveAs("c:\irr_corrections_graph_"+ALLT(STR(m.loc))+"_"+m.dept+".xls", xlExcel8)

		*oExcel.Quit

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For items 1 & 2 do the work manually in Excel while recording your actions as a Macro.  
When done, stop recording the Macro.
Then go into the Macro as if you were going to Edit it and look at the resultant VBA code.

That tells you what to do in VFP Excel automation and, in most cases, how to do it albeit in a different language.

You can try the same for item #3, but not having done it personally myself, I cannot guarantee it will give you what you need.   But it is an excellent place to start.

Good Luck


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To add a medium thick border to a range;
(oSheet is set to page you want to work with)

WITH oSheet.RANGE(<Range>)
  WITH .BORDERS(xlEdgeLeft)
    .LineStyle = xlContinuous
    .Weight = xlMedium
    .ColorIndex = xlAutomatic
  ENDWITH
  WITH .BORDERS(xlEdgeRight)
    .LineStyle = xlContinuous
    .Weight = xlMedium
    .ColorIndex = xlAutomatic
  ENDWITH
  WITH .BORDERS(xlEdgeTop)
    .LineStyle = xlContinuous
    .Weight = xlMedium
    .ColorIndex = xlAutomatic
  ENDWITH
  WITH .BORDERS(xlEdgeBottom)
    .LineStyle = xlContinuous
    .Weight = xlMedium
    .ColorIndex = xlAutomatic
  ENDWITH
ENDWITH

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to add internal lines use;
WITH oSheet.RANGE(<Range>)
    WITH .BORDERS(xlInsideVertical)
      .LineStyle = xlContinuous
      .Weight = xlThin
      .ColorIndex = xlAutomatic
    ENDWITH

    WITH .BORDERS(xlInsideHorizontal)
      .LineStyle = xlContinuous
      .Weight = xlThin
      .ColorIndex = xlAutomatic
ENDWITH

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when you want to fill the cell use;
WITH oSheet.RANGE(<Range>)
  WITH .Interior
    .ColorIndex = 0
    .PATTERN = xlLightUp
    .PatternColorIndex = 40    
  ENDWITH
ENDWITH

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I use the colorindex as it is compatable with older versions of Excel, Excel 2010 has a new way of using more colours, but is not compatable with older versions taht most of my clients have.

I've not done any work resizing charts (although I do feed them from data in an Excel workbook, my understanding is that it shows as a chart object and you can access it like a worksheet.

I have attached the #Include file that has most of the xlConstants.


excel9.h.txt
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I have three types on my Cluster bar Graph will the internal line fill do three different fills for all three types?

Thanks again
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also with that txt do you just point to it at the top of your code?
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by:Gary2Seven
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The internal line is for cells, not graphs you can use combinations of line, fill etc to format your work sheet.

You need to rename the .txt file as .h and then add;

#INCLUDE excel9.h

or add it to the forms include file setting in teh IDE.
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got it.

Thanks
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