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I wrote the following code to export a multi-dimensional array to rows in an excel spreadsheet for the user to download.  But in the fields where the data is "" or Null, it doesn't tab over to a new row so my columns are getting all jumbled.  Attached is a sample file of what I'm getting.  There must be something small that I am missing but I'm not sure what.  Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
<?php
header("Content-type: application/x-msexcel");
header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=report.xls");  
header("Pragma: no-cache");
header("Expires: 0"); 
 
for ($x=1; $x<count($resultArray); $x++) {
	for ($y=0; $y<count($resultArray[$x]); $y++) {
		echo $resultArray[$x][$y]."\t";
	}
	echo "\n";
} 
?>

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sample.xls
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Question by:lghaman123
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by:loki23
ID: 21817867
try changing:

echo $resultArray[$x][$y]."\t";

to:

echo $resultArray[$x][$y];
echo "\t";

I'm thinking it might have something to do with trying to append the tab to a null value
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by:Loganathan Natarajan
ID: 21819103
You will have to create ROWS + Columns through HTML and export to excel .. just try
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by:cfpdev
ID: 21820931
logudotcom is right.

excel is pretty thick, unless you give it more to work on as a delimiter. so either use |'s or comma's or do the html method.

but not tab's.

not even swearing at excel works.
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Loganathan Natarajan earned 2000 total points
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Ok try something like
<?php
header("Content-type: application/x-msexcel");
header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=report.xls");  
header("Pragma: no-cache");
header("Expires: 0"); 
 
for ($x=1; $x<count($resultArray); $x++) {
       echo "<tr>";
	    for ($y=0; $y<count($resultArray[$x]); $y++) {
                echo "<td>".$resultArray[$x][$y]."</td>";
        }
        echo "</tr>";
} 
?>

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by:lghaman123
ID: 21823582
Thanks guys, I appreciate the help.  
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