How to dynamically set the gridline on when exporting to a excel file?

Posted on 2003-02-25
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Last Modified: 2008-03-17
I have dynamically generated an excel- formated document using jsp. Basically it is a dynamically generated html table and I set the border="0".  However, when I click-open the excel file, the gridline is missing. I tried to set the preference to have the gridline on but still, when the file is opened, gridline is not there.  Is it possible I could add a line of code in my jsp program so that when it is opened in Excel, the gridline will be on?  

Can I also set the font?

Thanks a lot,

Question by:rdong
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Sounds to me like you need to NOT look at gridlines. Instead, do a Ctrl+A and click the bucket icon and tell it No Fill.

Filling cells makes gridlines disappear (but not borders).

Can you also set the font?
Default font or the font for this file?
Are you exporting it to a new Excel file each time?

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May be I have not made myself clear.

Ok, I have a jsp program which retrieve data dynamically from a database and export the data to a excel fomat ted file, for the argument's sake, lets say it is "test.xls".  

The problem is  that when I click-opened "test.xls", the gridline does not shown.  I have to manually set it on in Excel.

I am wondering if it is possible to code in the jsp program to set the gridline to be on(NOT in EXCEL).


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Sorry, RD. I'm confused. Why would you ask a JSP programming question in the MS Office forum?

I would ask it in the JSP forum at:

You may want to go to community support at:

and ask them to delete your question here.

You might first want to copy your question and ask it in the JSP forum and then ask CS to delete this one.

Good luck!!!
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