EasyXLS

How to apply auto-filter in VB6

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to export Excel files in VB6. The library is a COM+ component that works without MS Excel installed.

Step 1: Download and install EasyXLS Excel Library for .NET & COM+

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for VB6

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Step 2: Verify if EasyXLS is registered

Check if EasyXLS component is present in Component Services.

Step 3: Run VB6 code that applies auto-filter to Excel data

Execute the following VB6 code that exports data with autofilter to Excel.

'=======================================================
' Tutorial 20
'
' This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file in VB6
' and apply an auto-filter to a range of cells.
'=======================================================

VERSION 5.00
Begin VB.Form Form1 
    Caption         =   "Form1"
    ClientHeight    =   4590
    ClientLeft      =   60
    ClientTop       =   345
    ClientWidth     =   6885
    LinkTopic       =   "Form1"
    ScaleHeight     =   4590
    ScaleWidth      =   6885
    StartUpPosition =   3
    Begin VB.Label Label1 
        AutoSize        =   -1
        Height          =   100
        Left            =   120
        TabIndex        =   0
        Top             =   120
        Width           =   100
    End
End

Attribute VB_Name = "Form1"
Attribute VB_GlobalNameSpace = False
Attribute VB_Creatable = False
Attribute VB_PredeclaredId = True
Attribute VB_Exposed = False

Private Sub Form_Load()

    DataType.Initialize

    Me.Label1.Caption = "Tutorial 20" & vbCrLf & "-----------------" & vbCrLf

    ' Create an instance of the class that exports Excel files
    Set workbook = CreateObject("EasyXLS.ExcelDocument")

    ' Create a sheet
    workbook.easy_addWorksheet_2 ("Shet1")

    ' Get the table of data for the worksheet
    Set xlsTab =  workbook.easy_getSheet("Shet1")
    Set xlsTable = xlsTab.easy_getExcelTable()

    ' Add data in cells for report header
    For Column = 0 To 4
        xlsTable.easy_getCell(0, Column).setValue ("Column " & (Column + 1))
        xlsTable.easy_getCell(0, Column).setDataType (DataType.DATATYPE_STRING)
    Next

    ' Add data in cells for report values
    For row = 0 To 99
        For Column = 0 To 4
            xlsTable.easy_getCell(row + 1, Column).setValue ("Data " & (row + 1) & ", " & (Column + 1))
            xlsTable.easy_getCell(row + 1, Column).setDataType (DataType.DATATYPE_STRING)
        Next
    Next

    ' Apply auto-filter on cell range A1:E1
    Set xlsFilter = xlsTab.easy_getFilter()
    xlsFilter.setAutoFilter_2 ("A1:E1")    

    ' Export Excel file
    Me.Label1.Caption = Me.Label1.Caption & vbCrLf & _
                           "Writing file C:\Samples\Tutorial20 - autofilter in Excel sheet.xlsx"
    workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile ("C:\Samples\Tutorial20 - autofilter in Excel sheet.xlsx")

    ' Confirm export of Excel file
    If workbook.easy_getError() = "" Then
        Me.Label1.Caption = Me.Label1.Caption & vbCrLf & "File successfully created."
    Else
        Me.Label1.Caption = Me.Label1.Caption & vbCrLf & "Error: " & workbook.easy_getError()
    End If

    ' Dispose memory
    workbook.Dispose
End Sub

Overloaded methods
For methods with same name but different parameters, only the first method overload retains the original name. Subsequent overloads are uniquely renamed by appending to the method name '_2', '_3', etc (method, method_2, method_3), an integer that corresponds to the order of declaration that can be found in EasyXLS.h, a file that comes with EasyXLS installation.

EasyXLS Excel components:

.NET
Excel Library for VB6
full COM+ version to import, export or convert Excel files
Excel Writer for VB6
COM+ version to create and export Excel files
Download EasyXLS™ Excel Component for VB6

File formats:

MS Excel 97 - 2003
MS Excel 2007 - 2019
MS Excel 2021
Office 365
XLSXXLSMXLSBXLS
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