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Use the Excel Export API to Specify the Cell Selection

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You can use the following API properties to select cells in a generated worksheet:

Property Description
IXlSheet.Selection Provides access to the IXlSheetSelection object that allows you to specify the cell selection.
IXlSheetSelection.SelectedRanges Specifies a list of cell ranges to select in a worksheet.
IXlSheetSelection.ActiveCell Specifies an active cell.

You should specify the cell selection before you generate a worksheet’s content.

// Create a new document and write it to the stream.
using (IXlDocument document = exporter.CreateDocument(stream))
    // Add a new worksheet to the document.
    using (IXlSheet sheet = document.CreateSheet())
        // Specify the cell ranges you want to select.
        IList<XlCellRange> selectedRanges = sheet.Selection.SelectedRanges;
        selectedRanges.Add(XlCellRange.FromLTRB(0, 1, 2, 3)); // A2:C4
        selectedRanges.Add(XlCellRange.FromLTRB(2, 5, 3, 8)); // C6:D9

        // Set the active cell.
        sheet.Selection.ActiveCell = new XlCellPosition(1, 2); // B3

        // Generate the document's content.
        // ...

The image below shows the result.