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In exporting GridView records to Excel 2003 using VS2010 with C#, how do I resolve error: Problems During Load, Problems came up in the following areas during load, Cell data too large?

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I am developing my first ASP.NET C# application using VS2010.

In trying to export a GridView to an Excel 2003 file, I get the following error message after I click on a command button to export the GridView control to Excel 2003:

Problems During Load:
Problems come up in the following areas during load

Cell data too large
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The code from the click event of my command button to export is as follows:

protected void Button1_Click1(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            Response.ClearContent();
            Response.AppendHeader("contenet-disposition", "attachment; filename=Employee.xls");
            Response.ContentType = "application/vnd.ms-excel";

            StringWriter stringWriter = new StringWriter();
            HtmlTextWriter htmlTextWriter = new HtmlTextWriter(stringWriter);
            GridView1.RenderControl(htmlTextWriter);
            Response.Write(stringWriter.ToString());
            Response.End();
        }

        public override void VerifyRenderingInServerForm(Control control)
        {

        }
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This error happens when you have a gridview cell with contents > 32,767 characters as per specs below:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-au/excel-help/excel-specifications-and-limits-HP005199291.aspx

Excel 2003 limit is 32,767 characters, your program can only load up to this limit, otherwise it will not work.
Your only choice is to limit the cell contents to 32,767 characters when loading data to gridview.
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I'm trying to export 5 fields from a SQL Server table to Excel 2003.
The record layout is as follows and is comprised of 5,300 rows:

Do you see a problem with the following details:

Field Name             Data Type/(size)
--------------             --------------
trans date              datetime

process date          datetime

Bank                       nvarchar(255)

type                       nvarchar(255)

office                     nvarchar(255)
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