export to excel

Posted on 2010-11-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I have seen some references on the net, but none were specific enough to solve my problem (I think b/c those solutions were all for DataGrid). I have a GridView, which I export to an Excel sheet via a button in my ASP.NET form. Problem, is, for whatever reason, (randomly it sure appears) after a random amount of records, values in columns that should be numeric, get that green arrow and "are formatted as text". Is there some way I can force all of my numeric columns to ALWAYS be numeric in the exported Excel file?

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ID: 34237502
this usually happens if there is at least one record with a non numeric or empty value
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robasta earned 250 total points
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1. This may depend with your implementation, but here is what I did:

protected void Btn_ExportClick(object sender, EventArgs e)
       string style = @"<style> .text { mso-number-format:\@; } </script> "; 
    //the line above is where the magic is at!, 
    //that mso-number-format specifies the format (see link for more formats)

        Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", "attachment;
        Response.ContentType = "application/excel";

        StringWriter sw = new StringWriter();
        HtmlTextWriter htw = new HtmlTextWriter(sw);

        // Style is added dynamically

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2. The following blog has sample format. Choose yours...
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Author Comment

ID: 34237525
but it is the same column some will numric and the others get it as text
and it is the numric value when i read from the database and it's don't empty
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by:Alpesh Patel
Alpesh Patel earned 125 total points
ID: 34237555

Pls let me know your export columns has some encrypted column.

If not then any column which has some special characters so the formatting of columns will mash.

To solve just remove that column from you output and try again. It solves your problem.

I had faced same problem.

Author Comment

ID: 34237585
hi robasta!
how can i replace the code below in visual basic?
string style = @"<style> .text { mso-number-format:\@; } </script> ";

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robasta earned 250 total points
ID: 34237803
Dim style As String = "<style> .text { mso-number-format:\@; } </script> "

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Danielcmorris earned 125 total points
ID: 34275597
you  might want to take a look at this:  OfficeOpenXml


It gives you a lot more control over your excel files.


Author Comment

ID: 34280640
thanks everyone for your answer,

hi PatelAlpesh!
 you are right ,it happens because  the sentence begins with minus sign så in excel it will be change to text format, so i need to formatting the data before exporting to excel but i don't know how i do that , has anyone any idea, here is my code to exporting to Excel:

Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", "attachment;filename=timecollection.xls")
Response.ContentType = "application/"
Response.ContentEncoding = Encoding.GetEncoding("iso-8859-1")
 Me.EnableViewState = False
 Dim objStrWriter As New System.IO.StringWriter
 Dim objHtmlTextWriter As New System.Web.UI.HtmlTextWriter(objStrWriter)
If gvperson.Visible = True Then
End If
Response.Write(Regex.Replace(objStrWriter.ToString(), "(<a[^>]*>)|(</a>)", " ", RegexOptions.IgnoreCase))
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by:Kumaraswamy R
ID: 34459420
This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program.  See my comment at the end of the question for more details.

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