Exporting GrifView to Excel?



Hi below is the code I am using to export GridView to Excel in Hebrew
character set.
Problem is that sometimes text in Hebrew is ok in the Excel and sometimes it
display as gibberish in the Excel.

How can I solve this problem please?

Kind Regards,

protected void btnExportToExcel_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
grvReports.AllowPaging = false;
grvReports.AllowSorting = false;


Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", "attachment;filename=" +

Response.ContentType = "application/vnd.xls";
Response.Charset = "1255";

System.IO.StringWriter stringWrite = new System.IO.StringWriter();
System.Web.UI.HtmlTextWriter htmlWrite = new


public override void VerifyRenderingInServerForm(Control control)
//Must set this override function because a bug with the Render
//If not then "btnExportToExcel_Click" will not work!

Jialiang Ge [MSFT]


From your post, my understanding on this issue is: you wonder how to set
the correct charset when a GridView is exported to Excel. If I'm off base,
please feel free to let me know.

The correct charset is determined by the characters to be exported. A
general resolution is to:
1. Type or copy the characters directly into an Excel workbook, and ensure
they are shown correctly in it.
2. Save the workbook as html format (File->SaveAs)
3. Open the html with notepad, and find the charset attribute in its head.

Then, we can use this charset to export the GridView.

If this resolution does not help, would you send me a sample
project/workbook with the characters that cannot be shown correctly? My
mailbox is: (e-mail address removed), remove 'online.'. I am looking
forward to your reply.

Jialiang Ge ([email protected], remove 'online.')
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