How to create pivot table 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 COM+

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Step 2: Verify if EasyXLS is registered

Check if EasyXLS component is present in Component Services.

Step 3: Run VB6 code that creates a pivot table in Excel file

Execute the following VB6 code that exports a pivot table to Excel.

' Tutorial 25
' This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file in VB6 and
' to create a pivot table in a worksheet.

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

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

Private Sub Form_Load()


    Me.Label1.Caption = "Tutorial 25" & vbCrLf & "-----------------" & vbCrLf

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

    ' Create two worksheets
    workbook.easy_addWorksheet_2 ("First tab")
    workbook.easy_addWorksheet_2 ("Second tab")

    ' Get the table of data for the first worksheet
    Set xlsFirstTable = workbook.easy_getSheetAt(0).easy_getExcelTable()

    ' Add data in cells for report header
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(0, 0).setValue ("Sale agent")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(0, 0).setDataType (DataType.DATATYPE_STRING)
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(0, 1).setValue ("Sale country")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(0, 1).setDataType (DataType.DATATYPE_STRING)
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(0, 2).setValue ("Month")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(0, 2).setDataType (DataType.DATATYPE_STRING)
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(0, 3).setValue ("Year")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(0, 3).setDataType (DataType.DATATYPE_STRING)
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(0, 4).setValue ("Sale amount")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(0, 4).setDataType (DataType.DATATYPE_STRING)

    xlsFirstTable.easy_getRowAt(0).setBold (True)

    ' Add data in cells for report values - the source for pivot table
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(1, 0).setValue ("John Down")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(1, 1).setValue ("USA")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(1, 2).setValue ("June")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(1, 3).setValue ("2010")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(1, 4).setValue ("550")

    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(2, 0).setValue ("Scott Valey")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(2, 1).setValue ("United Kingdom")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(2, 2).setValue ("June")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(2, 3).setValue ("2010")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(2, 4).setValue ("2300")

    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(3, 0).setValue ("John Down")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(3, 1).setValue ("USA")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(3, 2).setValue ("July")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(3, 3).setValue ("2010")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(3, 4).setValue ("3100")

    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(4, 0).setValue ("John Down")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(4, 1).setValue ("USA")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(4, 2).setValue ("June")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(4, 3).setValue ("2011")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(4, 4).setValue ("1050")

    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(5, 0).setValue ("John Down")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(5, 1).setValue ("USA")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(5, 2).setValue ("July")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(5, 3).setValue ("2011")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(5, 4).setValue ("2400")

    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(6, 0).setValue ("Steve Marlowe")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(6, 1).setValue ("France")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(6, 2).setValue ("June")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(6, 3).setValue ("2011")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(6, 4).setValue ("1200")

    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(7, 0).setValue ("Scott Valey")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(7, 1).setValue ("United Kingdom")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(7, 2).setValue ("June")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(7, 3).setValue ("2011")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(7, 4).setValue ("700")

    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(8, 0).setValue ("Scott Valey")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(8, 1).setValue ("United Kingdom")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(8, 2).setValue ("July")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(8, 3).setValue ("2011")
    xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(8, 4).setValue ("360")

    ' Create pivot table
    Set xlsPivotTable = CreateObject("EasyXLS.PivotTables.ExcelPivotTable")

    xlsPivotTable.setName ("Sales")
    xlsPivotTable.setSourceRange "First tab!$A$1:$E$9", workbook
    xlsPivotTable.setLocation_2 ("A3:G15")
    xlsPivotTable.addFieldToRowLabels ("Sale agent") 
    xlsPivotTable.addFieldToColumnLabels ("Year") 
    xlsPivotTable.addFieldToValues "Sale amount", "Sale amount per year", PivotTable.PIVOTTABLE_SUBTOTAL_SUM
    xlsPivotTable.addFieldToReportFilter ("Sale country")
    xlsPivotTable.setStyle (PivotTable.PIVOTTABLE_PIVOT_STYLE_DARK_11)

    ' Add the pivot table to the second sheet
    Set xlsWorksheet = workbook.easy_getSheet("Second tab")
    xlsWorksheet.easy_addPivotTable (xlsPivotTable)    

    ' Export Excel file
    Me.Label1.Caption = Me.Label1.Caption & vbCrLf & _
                           "Writing file C:\Samples\Tutorial25 - pivot table in Excel.xlsx"
    workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile ("C:\Samples\Tutorial25 - pivot table in Excel.xlsx")

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

    ' Dispose memory
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:

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

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MS Excel 2007 - 2019
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