How to Calculate the Difference in Months Between two Dates C#

This code snippet lets you calculate the difference in months between two dates.

If all you want is simply a difference in the months -completely disregarding the date values- then you can use this:

public static int MonthDifference(this DateTime lValue, DateTime rValue)
    return (lValue.Month - rValue.Month) + 12 * (lValue.Year - rValue.Year);

Note that this returns a relative difference, meaning that if rValue is greater than lValue, then the return value will be negative. If you want an absolute difference, you can use this:

public static int MonthDifference(this DateTime lValue, DateTime rValue)
    return Math.Abs((lValue.Month - rValue.Month) + 12 * (lValue.Year - rValue.Year));

How to Print an Existing Excel File Using C#

In this tutorial I will show you how to print a Excel file using a WPF app. You might also want to look at a related post.

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Step 1: Add a reference to Excel Interop in your Project

Add a reference to Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel in your project by right clicking on References, Add Reference from the Solution Explorer. Next choose Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel from the Extensions tab under Assemblies.

Add a using statement at the top of the page in which you want to add the print XlS function.

using Excel= Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel;

Step 2: Define Public Variables for Excel

Define the following variables before the class constructor.

public Excel.Application APP = null;
public Excel.Workbook WB = null;
public Excel.Worksheet WS = null;
public Excel.Range Range = null;  

Step 3: Add the Method to Print Excel

The following function opens a Excel file to print it and then closes it again.

void PrintMyExcelFile()
    this.APP = new Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application(); 

    // Open the Workbook:
    this.Open("C:\\Users\\maska\\Documents\\MyExcel.xlsx", 1);

    // Get the first worksheet.
    // (Excel uses base 1 indexing, not base 0.)
    WS = (Excel.Worksheet)WB.Worksheets[1];

    // Print out 1 copy to the default printer:
        Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing,
        Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing);

    // Cleanup:


    WB.Close(false, Type.Missing, Type.Missing);


That’s it. Call this method to print an existing excel file.

How to Hide and Show the Console Window Associated with your own C# app?

Here’s how:

Add a reference to InteropServices in your class.

using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

Next, define two function signatures GetConsoleWindow and ShowWindow. These functions use kernel32.dll and user32.dll respectively.

static extern IntPtr GetConsoleWindow();

static extern bool ShowWindow(IntPtr hWnd, int nCmdShow);

const int SW_HIDE = 0;
const int SW_SHOW = 5;

Finally, use these functions as follows. Get the handle by calling the GetConsoleWindow function.

var handle = GetConsoleWindow();

To hide a Window:

// Hide
ShowWindow(handle, SW_HIDE);

To show a Window:

// Show
ShowWindow(handle, SW_SHOW);

How to get the Month Name in C#?

You can use the CultureInfo to get the month name. Another way is to use extension methods. Here is an example of how to do it using extension methods:

Add a DateTimeExtensions class to your project.

static class DateTimeExtensions
    public static string ToMonthName(this DateTime dateTime)
        return CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.DateTimeFormat.GetMonthName(dateTime.Month);

    public static string ToShortMonthName(this DateTime dateTime)
        return CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.DateTimeFormat.GetAbbreviatedMonthName(dateTime.Month);

Now you can simply use these extension methods in your project like any other DateTime method.

using System;
using System.Globalization;

class Program
    static void Main()


How to get thumbnail of Video Storage File in Windows phone app

StorageFile class provides us with the method called GetThumbnailAsync with the help of which we can retrieve the thumbnail of a storage file in Windows phone app.


Important Note:
This method works only on the Storage Files that are stored in public directory of the phone. It doesn’t work on the files that are present in app data container or Local Storage of the app.


So the method discussed below will be useful when you need to fetch all the video files that are stored in the gallery of phone or you are working on video files picked with FileOpenPicker method.


The code for fetching the thumbnail of video storage file is as following



If you need to save the thumbnail image to the Local Storage of your app you can use the following code given below



I hope this post will be helpful to you.


How to copy one StorageFile into another StorageFile in Windows phone app using C#

StorageFile class provides a method called CopyAsync to copy the contents of one file into another.

The code for the above is as following



Note: In the given code above we replace the contents of filetoReplace by filetoCopy.


If you want to copy the file to a given StorageFolder you can use the CopyAsync method. The code for the following is given below



How to get the file size of Storage File in Windows phone app

StorageFile class provides different methods with the help of which we can retrieve the file size of a give StorageFile.


In the given function below we retrieve the file size of a given StorageFile using GetBasicPropertiesAsync() method. This method returns the basic properties of the given Storagefile in form of class object from which we can get the size of the given StorageFile.



Note:The property size of basicproperties object returns the file size in Ulong data type.

To convert the ulong type to proper file size in form of Bytes, Kilobytes or MB we have used the CalculateSize helper function.

How to disable Hardware Back button in Windows Phone App

Sometimes there may be a situation when you wish to prompt the user before exiting the page or frame of the application. So you need to control the back button function at that time.

Here is the code to disable the back button and perform your own function on pressing the back button.


Silverlight (Windows phone 8/8.1)

In the constructor of the page you need to add the following code as shown in the figure below



For example you wish to prompt the user before exiting the app then you can add the following code on your MainPage.



WinRT (Windows phone 8.1/10)

In the constructor of the page or frame you need to add the following code as shown in the figure below




I hope this post will be helpful to you

Retrieve File Size From Remote URL using C#

The system API class System.Net.HttpWebRequest allows you to retrieve the file information programmatically. The size of each file/page generally available in the header section of web response, which you can query to get it.
Header contains Content-Length property value which gives you the size of the file in bytes. This you can later calculate to convert in MB or GB.

Here’s the source code that can be used:

private static string GetFileSize(Uri uriPath)
     var webRequest = HttpWebRequest.Create(uriPath);
     webRequest.Method = "HEAD";
     using (var webResponse = webRequest.GetResponse())
        var fileSize = webResponse.Headers.Get("Content-Length");
        var fileSizeInMegaByte = Math.Round(Convert.ToDouble(fileSize) / 1024.0 / 1024.0, 2);
        return fileSizeInMegaByte + " MB";