C# Render Razor View as String

< 1 min read The Razor View Engine is very powerful, easy to use, and just overall great for binding data to HTML. But sometimes you need to render HTML for use in Emails, download pages, generate PDF’s, or other purposes, so it would be neat if you could use the Razor View Engine to generate those for you, and just give you the HTML to do with it as you wish. Luckily we have this somewhat built-in, and here’s a wrapper for it.

public string RenderRazorViewToString(string viewName, object model)
  ViewData.Model = model;
  using (var sw = new StringWriter())
    var viewResult = ViewEngines.Engines.FindPartialView(ControllerContext, viewName);
    var viewContext = new ViewContext(ControllerContext, viewResult.View, ViewData, TempData, sw);
    viewResult.View.Render(viewContext, sw);
    viewResult.ViewEngine.ReleaseView(ControllerContext, viewResult.View);
    return sw.GetStringBuilder().ToString();

You can now use it as in the following example

var htmlPage = RenderRazorViewToString("~/Views/Home/myview.cshtml", siteModel);

You can of course extend the method above, and pass it your own ViewData, TempData, RouteData, change the View Engine, enable or disable ClientValidation and UnobtrusiveJavasript, and so on.

C# Add and Edit Office Document Custom Properties

< 1 min read Office documents store a lot more information than is obviously visible at first. Microsoft released a library called DSOfile, which is intended for changing properties of Office files if you don’t have Office installed.
First, you need to download the DSOfile from Microsoft. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/224351

Second, you’ll need to reference it in your project

using DSOFile;

Next, you can start looping through the Office predefined properties of each file. Note, some attributes are read-only.

OleDocumentProperties file = new OleDocumentProperties();
file.Open(@"C:myfile.docx", false, dsoFileOpenOptions.dsoOptionDefault);
int charCount = file.SummaryProperties.CharacterCount;
int wordCount = file.SummaryProperties.WordCount;
int pageCount = file.SummaryProperties.PageCount;
file.SummaryProperties.Author = "John Smith";
file.SummaryProperties.Category = "My Category";
file.SummaryProperties.Company = "My Company Inc.";
file.SummaryProperties.Manager = "David Smith";
file.SummaryProperties.Subject = "Sample files";
file.SummaryProperties.Title = "A very sample file";

Those might sometimes not be enough, so surely enough you can add your own custom attributes, and use the NTFS File System as your own personal database.

OleDocumentProperties file = new DSOFile.OleDocumentProperties();
file.Open(@"C:myfile.docx", false, DSOFile.dsoFileOpenOptions.dsoOptionDefault);
string key = "My Custom Key"; /* Use any key you want, these will be saved in the file. */
object value = "My Custom Value";
// Check if file has a certain property set
bool hasProperty = false;
foreach (DSOFile.CustomProperty p in file.CustomProperties)
    if (p.Name == key)
        hasProperty = true;
// If it doesn't have the property, add it, otherwise set it.
// This is the only way I found to loop through the properties
if (!hasProperty)
    file.CustomProperties.Add(key, ref value);
    foreach (DSOFile.CustomProperty p in file.CustomProperties)
        if (p.Name == key)
// Go through existing custom properties.
foreach (DSOFile.CustomProperty p in file.CustomProperties)
    Console.WriteLine("{0}:{1}", p.Name, p.get_Value().ToString());