#StackBounty: #c# #.net #excel #windows #pinvoke Excel as inlay frame in WPF has disabled ExcelWorksheet

Bounty: 200

I found a solution to setup Excel instance in WPF by using the SetParent() function of Windows.

Problem is, that mouse and keyboard is not reacting to the sheet but to the Workbook it does.

Full sample Project Download here

I also tried with WindowsFormsHost but it has the same effect.


<Window x:Class="ExcelEditor.SimpleWindow"
    mc:Ignorable="d" Loaded="Window_Loaded" Closing="Window_Closing"
    Title="SimpleWindow" Height="450" Width="800">
<Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot">


C# code

    using System;
    using System.Windows;

namespace ExcelEditor
    /// <summary>
    /// Interaktionslogik für SimpleWindow.xaml
    /// </summary>
    public partial class SimpleWindow : Window
        private Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application ExcelApplication;

        public SimpleWindow()

        private void Window_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            System.Windows.Forms.Integration.ElementHost.EnableModelessKeyboardInterop(this); // <- testing only (no success)
            ExcelApplication = new Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application();
            ExcelApplication.DisplayAlerts = false;
            System.Windows.Interop.HwndSource hwnd = (System.Windows.Interop.HwndSource)System.Windows.Interop.HwndSource.FromVisual(this.LayoutRoot);
            var excelWnd = Microsoft.Win32.Interop.FindWindow("XLMAIN", null);
            var successOfParentSetup = Microsoft.Win32.Interop.SetParent(excelWnd, hwnd.Handle);
            var isMovedToLeftTop = Microsoft.Win32.Interop.MoveWindow(excelWnd, 10, 10, 800, 600, true);
            ExcelApplication.Visible = true;

        private void GenerateTestData(Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application excelApplication)
            var excelWorkbook = excelApplication.Workbooks.Add();
            var excelWorksheet = excelWorkbook.Worksheets[1] as Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Worksheet;
            excelWorksheet.Cells[1, 1] = "Today";
            excelWorksheet.Cells[2, 1] = DateTime.Now.ToString();

        private void Window_Closing(object sender, System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs e)
            if (ExcelApplication != null)
                ExcelApplication.Visible = false;
                ExcelApplication = null;

Api calls

    [DllImport("user32.dll", EntryPoint = "SetWindowPos")]
    public static extern bool SetWindowPos(
        IntPtr hWnd,               // handle to window
        IntPtr hWndInsertAfter,    // placement-order handle
        int X,                  // horizontal position
        int Y,                  // vertical position
        int cx,                 // width
        int cy,                 // height
        uint uFlags             // window-positioning options

    [DllImport("user32.dll", EntryPoint = "MoveWindow")]
    public static extern bool MoveWindow(
        IntPtr hWnd,
        int X,
        int Y,
        int nWidth,
        int nHeight,
        bool bRepaint
    [DllImport("USER32.DLL", SetLastError = true)]
    public static extern IntPtr FindWindow(string lpClassName, string lpWindowName);

    //Sets a window to be a child window of another window
    [DllImport("USER32.DLL", SetLastError = true)]
    public static extern IntPtr SetParent(IntPtr hWndChild, IntPtr hWndNewParent);

Question is, how to enable the mouse and keyboard handling in Excel to allow editing the worksheet?

Excel not working propert as parent

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