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How to access Chart Control in VS 2013?

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So I'm working on a web app in Visual Studio 2013. Its in VB.Net, using MVC 5. I cannot figure out how to use Chart Control in my views. It never shows up in the toolbox, and if i click to show all, it is grayed out so I can't add it into my view. What do I need to do? We were using jqPlot to implement our charts but the sponsor of the project wants the chart itself to export to excel workbooks, which I can only find working using Chart Control.
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by:CodeCruiser
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You have to use Controller actions to return a chart. You cannot drag and drop it like you do in ASP.NET

Check following example

http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/125230/ASP-NET-MVC-Chart-Control
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by:Kishan Zunjare
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If you need the chart in the toolbox, you can drag the dll from C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Chart Controls\Assemblies (by default), to the toolbox. Or right click on the toolbar, "Choose items..."

Hope this helps.
Kishan
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by:shanker702
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When I try to import the System.Web.UI.Datavisualization.Charting into the controller, it gives me an error saying that namespace cannot be found. I've downloaded Chart Control and installed it a couple times, but its still not working.
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Kishan Zunjare earned 1500 total points
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The problem might be due to the fact that you are referencing the type in your view and not in your controller, in that case you probably need to define the assembly info as a web.config setting or as a page directive.

  <add assembly="System.Web.UI.DataVisualization.Charting, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=<YourPublicKeyToken>(31bf3856ad364e35)"/>

Or please check;

http://blogin.codeinside.eu/2008/11/27/howto-use-the-new-aspnet-chart-controls-with-aspnet-mvc/

Hope this helps.
-Kishan
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