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ASP Exporting to Excel

Posted on 2014-01-09
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I have an asp page of data.
using the following. I am able to export the page to Excel

<% Response.ContentType = "application/vnd.ms-excel"
Response.AddHeader "Content-Disposition", "filename=excelfile.xls"%>

Works great. except the numbers on the spreadsheet are not treated as Numbers by Excel.

How do we export the numbers so they can be manipulated on the spreadsheet?
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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Make sure there are not any spaces in the data.  You may have " 2 " when you meant "2".

<%
x=" 2 "
y=trim(x)

'I don't think this would do anything but you could try
z=cdbl(y)

%>
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by:ParisBP
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We have no spaces on the numbers in the query.
Also after I export to excel, I cannot format the cells with datat to numbers.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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it's possible your html is creating spaces.  Your other option is in excel to multiply by 1.    If all of your numbers are in column A, Make column B =b1*a1 and that will force a number.
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by:ParisBP
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That was a great thought. but muliplying by one is giving me #Value errors as the number isn't a number to begin with.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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Are you using trim like I suggested?

trim(response.write(myValue))
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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Actually, make sure you are using a number.

x=trim(myValue)
if not isnumeric(x) then
   x="This was not numeric |"&x&"|"
end if
response.write x

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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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For now, try just using

<% response.ContentType="application/vnd.ms-excel"%>
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by:ParisBP
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this did the same. i am going to try the code you pasted just above .
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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Can you post the rendered html?  Just remove the <% response.ContentType="application/vnd.ms-excel"%> and send the page to the screen, view source, copy and paste your code here.

Maybe you have some white space in the html?  <td> 2 </td> should be <td>2</td>

What if you try using a different browser?  

I do the very same thing you are doing and don't remember this issue.

What I have been doing lately is using fso and generate a csv file on the server, then have scripting that downloads the csv file and deletes from the server (I do this for very large files).  Then excel opens up the csv file.
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by:ParisBP
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Sorry got way away from this project.

Exporting to csv? what do I have to do there.

no whitespace btw tested that.
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Scott Fell,  EE MVE earned 500 total points
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http://www.w3schools.com/asp/asp_ref_filesystem.asp
Make sure to give write permissions to the folder you are writing to.
<%
' Assume a recordset named rsName of contact info


dim fs,myCSV
set fs=Server.CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
set myCSV=fs.CreateTextFile("c:\webroot\download.csv",true)
myCSV.WriteLine("Name,Address, Phone, Email")

Do Until rsName.eof
     myCSV.WriteLine(rsName("Name")&","&rsName("Address")&","&rsName("Phone")&","& rsName("Email"))

rsName.MoveNext


myCSV.Close
set myCSV=nothing
set fs=nothing
%>

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