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Article ID: 199841 - Last Review: July 15, 2004 - Revision: 5.4

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Instead of displaying your Web data in HTML tables, you can provide users with the option of displaying the data in Microsoft Excel. This article demonstrates how to create a Web page with tabular data obtained from Microsoft SQL Server, and render it in Excel inside the browser by associating the Web-page content with the MIME type in Excel.


To follow along with the steps and to test the results, you need the following:
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, SP3
  • Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS), version 4.0 or later
  • Microsoft SQL Server 6.5 or later
  • Microsoft Excel 97, Excel 2000, and Excel 2002

Step-by-Step Procedures

  1. Create a System DSN called "pubs" using the ODBC Control-Panel applet. Set up the DSN to reference your local SQL Server, use SQL Server authentication, and use "pubs" as the default database. The default login ID to the pubs database is sa, with no password.
  2. Use Notepad.exe to create a file called XlTest.asp in your IIS home directory (for example, inetpub\wwwroot), and add the following to it:
    <%@ Language=VBScript %>
       'Change HTML header to specify Excel's MIME content type
       Response.Buffer = TRUE
       Response.ContentType = "application/"
    Here is the info you requested.<p>
       ' Create ADO Connection object
       dim myConnection
       set myConnection = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
       ' Open SQL Server Pubs database...
       ' myConnection.Open "DSN=pubs;UID=sa"
       ' Get a recordset of info from Authors table...
       sqlStr = "SELECT au_fname,au_lname,phone FROM authors"
       set rsAuthors =  myConnection.Execute(sqlStr)
    <!-- Our table which will be translated into an Excel spreadsheet -->
       <TD><font size=+2>First Name</font></TD>
       <TD><font size=+2>Last Name</font></TD>
       <TD><font size=+2>Phone</font></TD>
    <!-- server-side loop adding Table entries -->
    <% do while not rsAuthors.EOF %>
    <% rsAuthors.MoveNext
       ' Clean up
       set rsAuthors = Nothing
       set myConnection = Nothing
  3. Save XlTest.asp, and then view it from a client browser. For example, http://MyServer/XlTest.asp (replace MyServer with the name of your server.)
If Microsoft Excel 97 is installed on the client computer, Microsoft Excel displays the data inside the browser.

  • Microsoft Visual InterDev 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 4.0
  • Microsoft Internet Information Services 5.0
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2003
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