Apache POI - HSSF and XSSF Limitations
Current HSSF / XSSF main limitations
The intent of this document is to outline some of the known limitations of the
POI HSSF and XSSF API's. It is not intended to be complete list of every bug
or missing feature of HSSF or XSSF, rather it's purpose is to provide a broad
feel for some of the functionality that is missing or broken.
HSSF has some limited support for creating a handful of very simple Chart types,
but largely this isn't supported. HSSF (largely) doesn't support changing Charts.
You can however create a chart in Excel using Named ranges, modify the chart data
values using HSSF and write a new spreadsheet out. This is possible because POI
attempts to keep existing records intact as far as possible.
XSSF has only limited chart support including making some simple changes
and adding at least some line and scatter charts, see the examples LineChart
Macros can not be created. The are currently no plans to support macros.
However, reading and re-writing files containing macros will safely preserve
HSSF doesn't have support for reading or creating Pivot tables. XSSF has limited
support for creating Pivot Tables, and very limited read/change support.