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How to: Fill ListObject Controls with Data

You can use data binding as a way to quickly add data to your document. After binding data to a list object, you can disconnect the list object so it displays the data but is no longer bound to the data source.

Applies to: The information in this topic applies to document-level projects and application-level projects for Excel 2013 and Excel 2010. For more information, see Features Available by Office Application and Project Type.

link to video For a related video demonstration, see How Do I: Create a List in Excel that is Connected to a SharePoint List?.

To bind data to a ListObject control

  1. Create a DataTable at the class level.

    System.Data.DataTable table = new System.Data.DataTable("Employees");
  2. Add sample columns and data in the Startup event handler of the Sheet1 class (in a document-level project) or ThisAddIn class (in an application-level project).

    table.Columns.Add("FirstName", typeof(string));
    table.Columns.Add("LastName", typeof(string));
    table.Columns.Add("Title", typeof(string));
    table.Rows.Add("Nancy", "Anderson", "Sales Representative");
    table.Rows.Add("Robert", "Brown", "Sales Representative");
  3. Call the SetDataBinding method and pass in the column names in the order they should appear. The order of the columns in the list object can differ from the order in which they appear in the DataTable.

    list1.AutoSetDataBoundColumnHeaders = true;
    list1.SetDataBinding(table, null, "LastName", "FirstName");

To disconnect the ListObject control from the data source

This code example assumes you have an existing ListObject named list1 on the worksheet in which this code appears.

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