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Export DataTable to Excel with Formatting in C#

, 21 Nov 2014 CPOL
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Export a DataTable to an Excel file and add format to the contents while writing the Excel file.


In this tip, let us see how to export a DataTable to an Excel file and add format to the contents while writing the Excel file.

Step 1: Create a web application and add a class Student with properties as below:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Data;
using System.Reflection;

namespace ExportToExcelFromDataTable
    public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page
       protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    public class Student
        public string Name { get; set; }
        public int StudentId { get; set; }
        public int Age { get; set; }

Step 2: I have added Gridview_Result. Create a list for students in the page_load event. Add a property dt of type DataTable. Bind the DataTable to the GridView after converting the List to a DataTable. The conversion class is described in the next step.

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    List<Student> Students = new List<Student>(){
        new Student() { Name = "Jack", Age = 15, StudentId = 100 },
        new Student() { Name = "Smith", Age = 15, StudentId = 101 },           
        new Student() { Name = "Smit", Age = 15, StudentId = 102 }
    ListtoDataTableConverter converter = new ListtoDataTableConverter();
    dt = converter.ToDataTable(Students);
    GridView_Result.DataSource = Students;

Step 3: Now we are going to convert this List object to a DataTable. For that we need to create a new class and a conversion method as below.

public class ListtoDataTableConverter
    public DataTable ToDataTable<T>(List<T> items)
        DataTable dataTable = new DataTable(typeof(T).Name);
        //Get all the properties
        PropertyInfo[] Props = typeof(T).GetProperties(BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Instance);
        foreach (PropertyInfo prop in Props)
            //Setting column names as Property names

         foreach (T item in items)
            var values = new object[Props.Length];
            for (int i = 0; i < Props.Length; i++)
                //inserting property values to datatable rows
                values[i] = Props[i].GetValue(item, null);


         //put a breakpoint here and check datatable
        return dataTable;

The above method will set the property name as a column name for the DataTable and for each object in the list; it will create a new row in the DataTable and insert values. 

Step 4: I have written the below method which will convert a DataTable to an Excel file. In this method, I added font, made headers bold, and added a border. You can customize the method as per your needs.

private void ExporttoExcel(DataTable table)
    HttpContext.Current.Response.Buffer = true;
    HttpContext.Current.Response.ContentType = "application/ms-excel";
    HttpContext.Current.Response.Write(@"<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC ""-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"">");
    HttpContext.Current.Response.AddHeader("Content-Disposition", "attachment;filename=Reports.xls");
    HttpContext.Current.Response.Charset = "utf-8";
    HttpContext.Current.Response.ContentEncoding = System.Text.Encoding.GetEncoding("windows-1250");
      //sets font
    HttpContext.Current.Response.Write("<font style='font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Calibri;'>");
    //sets the table border, cell spacing, border color, font of the text, background, foreground, font height
    HttpContext.Current.Response.Write("<Table border='1' bgColor='#ffffff' " + 
      "borderColor='#000000' cellSpacing='0' cellPadding='0' " + 
      "style='font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Calibri; background:white;'> <TR>");
    //am getting my grid's column headers
    int columnscount = GridView_Result.Columns.Count;

    for (int j = 0; j < columnscount; j++)
    {      //write in new column
        //Get column headers  and make it as bold in excel columns
    foreach (DataRow row in table.Rows)
    {//write in new row
        for (int i = 0; i < table.Columns.Count; i++)


Step 4: Add a button and in the button click event, call the above method by passing a parameter.

protected void Btn_Export_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)

For the complete source code, please find the attached solution.


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Santhosh Kumar Jayaraman
Software Developer Radiometer
India India
Currently i am trying to learn all about javascripts . I have experience in Microsoft technologies like WPF, WCF, ASPNET, WinForms,Silverlight, VB.NET, C-Sharp, Entity framework,SSRS, LINQ, Extension methods and SQL server. I started with my career in Infosys in the year 2009 and i worked with Trigent, Education First (EF) in the recent years before joining my current company Radiometer.
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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pinmembernabati reza10-Feb-15 1:43 
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QuestionHow to create real Excel 2007 files (for free) PinmemberMichael Gledhill25-Nov-14 0:36 
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QuestionAs this code is only export to excel from datatable , but this code also using gridview for headers Pinmembervivek123reddy19-Nov-14 20:07 
AnswerRe: As this code is only export to excel from datatable , but this code also using gridview for headers PinmemberSanthosh Kumar Jayaraman19-Nov-14 20:26 
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