Using stream reader to get Excel data. Almost works -- but data read comes out as gobblygook.

Using my Visual C# Sharp 2005 Express Edition....

I am trying to read an Excel file so i can save it to a database. for now, I'm just trying to get the connection to work and see that I am reading the data properly. I don't really know what I'm doing, so I ask that if you answer with some specifics. Here is my code. The results I get are some gibberish in the textbox. Please don't suggest some other methods or using some other software or database or anything. i've been running around in circle with answers like that for about a week now. I just need something simple to get the excel data into my SQL server. This is really, really close since I DO know how to add/delete/modify my SQL data. If only I could just get some data to add! Any suggestions?

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Data.OleDb;

namespace WindowsApplication2
{
    public partial class Form1 : Form
    {
        public Form1()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        private void button2_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            System.IO.StreamReader FReader =
                new System.IO.StreamReader((System.Reflection.Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().
                    GetManifestResourceStream("WindowsApplication2.Phrases.xls")));
            string str = (string) FReader.ReadToEnd().ToString();
            textBox1.Text = str;
            FReader.Close();
        }
    }
}
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BaldProgrammerCommented:
Chevronrod,

Is there a reason you've chosen not to use the Excel object that is available to use in .NET?  Microsoft has a KB on that:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306572/EN-US/

It is a web application, but the same concept can be applied to windows applications.  What the example does is uses a "DB connection" to open the excel file, once it is open, it can operate similar to a database connection.  Is this what you are looking for?

Best Regards,

BaldProgrammer
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chevronrodAuthor Commented:
I had to do some manipulating but your answer got me 90% of the way there which was about 89% further than I was after spending days on this solutiion. Thank you very much.
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