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Simple Code to export plain text only from Gridview to CSV (no formatting)

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badzsterFlag for Australia asked on
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I have the following code in Test.vb:

    Protected Sub ibExportPlain_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal args As EventArgs) Handles ibExportPlain.Click, lbExportPlain.Click
        GridViewExportUtil.Export("Export.csv", Me.gvCA)

    End Sub


This code accesses GridViewExportUtil.cs which has the following code:

using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Configuration;
using System.IO;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Security;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;

/// <summary>
/// 
/// </summary>
public class GridViewExportUtil
{
    /// <summary>
    /// 
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="fileName"></param>
    /// <param name="gv"></param>
    public static void Export(string fileName, GridView gv)
    {
        HttpContext.Current.Response.Clear();
        HttpContext.Current.Response.AddHeader(
            "content-disposition", string.Format("attachment; filename={0}", fileName));
        HttpContext.Current.Response.ContentType = "text/plain";

        using (StringWriter sw = new StringWriter())
        {
            using (HtmlTextWriter htw = new HtmlTextWriter(sw))
            {
                //  Create a form to contain the grid
                Table table = new Table();

                //  add the header row to the table
                if (gv.HeaderRow != null)
                {
                    GridViewExportUtil.PrepareControlForExport(gv.HeaderRow);
                    table.Rows.Add(gv.HeaderRow);
                    for (int j = 0; j < gv.Columns.Count; j++)
                    {
                        gv.HeaderRow.Cells[j].Style.Add("background-color", "cornflowerblue");
                    }
                }

                //  add each of the data rows to the table
                foreach (GridViewRow row in gv.Rows)
                {
                    GridViewExportUtil.PrepareControlForExport(row);
                    table.Rows.Add(row);
                    
                }
                //  add the footer row to the table
                if (gv.FooterRow != null)
                {
                    GridViewExportUtil.PrepareControlForExport(gv.FooterRow);
                    table.Rows.Add(gv.FooterRow);
                }

                //  render the table into the htmlwriter
                table.RenderControl(htw);

                //  render the htmlwriter into the response
                HttpContext.Current.Response.Write(sw.ToString());
                HttpContext.Current.Response.End();
            }
        }
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Replace any of the contained controls with literals
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="control"></param>
    private static void PrepareControlForExport(Control control)
    {
        for (int i = 0; i < control.Controls.Count; i++)
        {
            Control current = control.Controls[i];
            if (current is LinkButton)
            {
                control.Controls.Remove(current);
                control.Controls.AddAt(i, new LiteralControl((current as LinkButton).Text));
            }
            else if (current is ImageButton)
            {
                control.Controls.Remove(current);
                control.Controls.AddAt(i, new LiteralControl((current as ImageButton).AlternateText));
            }
            else if (current is Image)
            {
                control.Controls.Remove(current);
                control.Controls.AddAt(i, new LiteralControl((current as Image).AlternateText));
            }
            else if (current is Label)
            {
                control.Controls.Remove(current);
                control.Controls.AddAt(i, new LiteralControl((current as Label).Text));
            }
            else if (current is HyperLink)
            {
                control.Controls.Remove(current);
                control.Controls.AddAt(i, new LiteralControl((current as HyperLink).Text));
            }
            else if (current is DropDownList)
            {
                control.Controls.Remove(current);
                control.Controls.AddAt(i, new LiteralControl((current as DropDownList).SelectedItem.Text));
            }
            else if (current is CheckBox)
            {
                control.Controls.Remove(current);
                control.Controls.AddAt(i, new LiteralControl((current as CheckBox).Checked ? "True" : "False"));
            }

            if (current.HasControls())
            {
                GridViewExportUtil.PrepareControlForExport(current);
            }
        }
    }
}




I need help with the following:
(1)  The export works great except the output still includes the background color of the last column - I can't remove it for some reason.

(2) Since the GridViewExportUtil.cs removes the images from the first column and replaces it with the Alt text, the first column is blank.  Is there a way to remove this column?

I just want a plain csv file which opens in excel...
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