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XLSX and DOCX Export

This help article describes the specifics of exporting a RadGrid control to XLSX and DOCX format, introduced by Microsoft in Office 2007. Both formats are supported since Q3 2014 and are based on the Telerik document processing libraries. In order to use this export formats, you have to set the ExportSettings-Excel-Format property to Xlsx and ExportSettings-Word-Format property to Docx.

    <Excel Format="Xlsx" />
    <Word Format="Docx" />

Required Assemblies

The assemblies that must be referenced in order to export RadGrid to Excel are:

  • Telerik.Windows.Documents.Core.dll

  • Telerik.Windows.Documents.Spreadsheet.dll

  • Telerik.Windows.Zip.dll

  • Telerik.Windows.Documents.Spreadsheet.FormatProviders.OpenXml.dll

The assemblies that must be referenced in order to export RadGrid to Word are:

  • Telerik.Windows.Documents.Core.dll

  • Telerik.Windows.Documents.Flow.dll

  • Telerik.Windows.Zip.dll

More information about the assemblies and how to include them in your project can be found in the Included assemblies help article.


When you set DataFormatString of RadGrid columns, the format will be applied to the exported file. Note that only the custom numeric format strings (Example 1)will work because in most scenarios they match the Microsoft Excel's custom numeric format. The built-in .NET standard numeric format strings (Example 2) can still be used, but the output will not be as expected. It is important to note, that the exported file is based on the actual RadGrid cells values. When DataFormatString is applied, these values will already be formatted which could be prevented by setting the SuppressColumnDataFormatStrings property to true.

Example 1:

<telerik:GridBoundColumn DataType="System.DateTime" DataField="DateField" DataFormatString="{0:tt dd-MM(yyyy) }" />

Example 2:

<telerik:GridBoundColumn DataType="System.Double" DataField="DoubleField" DataFormatString="{0:C2}" />

Hiding Columns / Rows

Hiding rows and columns is pretty straightforward. Actually you can hide these elements in the same way you hide them in a normal server-side scenario.

RadGrid1.MasterTableView.GetColumn("Col1").Visible = false;
RadGrid1.MasterTableView.Items[1].Visible = false; //when IgnorePaging is false
RadGrid1.MasterTableView.GetColumn("Col1").Visible = False
RadGrid1.MasterTableView.Items(1).Visible = False 'when IgnorePaging is false

Additionally you could use the Exportable property that allows you to choose whether a certain column should be included in the exported file or not. By setting this property to false the related column will be excluded from the exported file.Its default value is true.

Styling Columns / Rows / Cell

In order to style the elements of the RadGrid you could use the standard ASP.NET style properties such as ItemStyle,AlternatingItemStyle, HeaderStyle and FooterStyle to provide a custom style for the items of RadGrid control.

<AlternatingItemStyle BorderColor="Red" BorderStyle="Solid" BorderWidth="1px" />
<ItemStyle ForeColor="Green" />
<HeaderStyle BackColor="Yellow" />

Another approach is to hook OnInfrastructureExporting event handler and apply the styles in code behind. Note that styling via CSS classes is not possible.

xls.Column col = e.ExportStructure.Tables[0].Columns[2];
col.Style.BackColor = Color.Gray;
col.Style.ForeColor = Color.Yellow;
Dim col As xls.Column = e.ExportStructure.Tables(0).Columns(2)
col.Style.BackColor = Color.Gray
col.Style.ForeColor = Color.Yellow
xls.Row row = e.ExportStructure.Tables[0].Rows[2];
row.Style.BackColor = Color.Blue;
Dim row As xls.Row = e.ExportStructure.Tables(0).Rows(2)
row.Style.BackColor = Color.Blue
xls.Cell cell1 = e.ExportStructure.Tables[0].Cells["B2"];
cell1.Style.BackColor = Color.Yellow;
Dim cell1 As xls.Cell = e.ExportStructure.Tables(0).Cells("B2")
cell1.Style.BackColor = Color.Yellow
xls.Cell cell2 = e.ExportStructure.Tables[0].Cells[3, 3];
cell2.Style.ForeColor = Color.Tomato;
Dim cell2 As xls.Cell = e.ExportStructure.Tables(0).Cells(3, 3)
cell2.Style.ForeColor = Color.Tomato

Default Cell Alignment

You can specify a default alignment to all cells by using DefaultCellAlignment. This property is supported since Q2 2015 and its default value is NotSet. Typical values include Left, Right and Center.

    <Excel DefaultCellAlignment="Center" />

Additionally you can change the default alignment on OnInfrastructureExporting event.

Image Support

Both xlsx and docx support exporting of images. The images are included automatically in the exported document and you do not have to set any specific property. Keep in mind images with an absolute or relative path are supported, but binary images are not.

Auto-fit columns width

For the XLSX format only, the R1 2020 release introduces the option to set the AutoWidth setting for the exported columns. It is based on the AutoWidth settins of the RadSpreadProcessing Library explained in RadSpreadProcessing - Auto Fit Columns Width. You can check the Export to Excel online demo for a practical demonstration.

    <Excel Format="Xlsx" AutoFitColumnWidth="AutoFitAll" />

The enum type for the AutoFitColumnWidth is Telerik.Web.UI.Export.ExportAutoFitWidthMode with the following options:

  • Disabled (default) - The width of the columns is the default one or the one defined in HeaderStyle-Width property of the column
  • AutoFitExpandOnly - Does not affect columns that are wide enough to accommodate all cells in the column
  • AutoFitAll - Resizes all columns so the column width is equal to the width of the widest cell in it
  • ExpandToFitNumberValuesWidth - It resizes columns with cells that contain only number values

Generate Export Output

RadGrid provides a convenient way to extract the XLSX output as a string without actually exporting - this is done via the GenerateXlsxOutput() method. It is available for .NET version 4.0+ and in Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX versions R2 2019 and later.

As of R1 2021, the GenerateXlsxOutput() method has a few overloads introduced that allow you to receive the Workbook object or byte[] of the export output.

This can be used to get the content out of multiple grids simultaneously, then modify or save it. You can check the following live demos which demonstrate a practical implementation.

  1. Export Multiple Grids
  2. Export Grid to a Preformatted Template file


// alias for the using used for shorter definition of the Workbook type
using xlsx = Telerik.Windows.Documents.Spreadsheet.Model;

// various ways to use the GenerateXlsxOutput() method
byte[] outputAsByteArray =  RadGrid1.MasterTableView.GenerateXlsxOutput<byte[]>() as byte[];
xlsx.Workbook outputAsWorkbook = RadGrid1.MasterTableView.GenerateXlsxOutput<xlsx.Workbook>() as xlsx.Workbook;
string outputAsString = RadGrid1.MasterTableView.GenerateXlsxOutput<string>() as string;
string outputAsString2 = RadGrid1.MasterTableView.GenerateXlsxOutput();
' alias for the Import used for shorter definition of the Workbook type
Imports xlsx = Telerik.Windows.Documents.Spreadsheet.Model

' various ways to use the GenerateXlsxOutput() method
Dim outputAsByteArray As Byte() = TryCast(RadGrid1.MasterTableView.GenerateXlsxOutput(Of Byte())(), Byte())
Dim outputAsWorkbook As xlsx.Workbook = TryCast(RadGrid1.MasterTableView.GenerateXlsxOutput(Of xlsx.Workbook)(), xlsx.Workbook)
Dim outputAsString As String = TryCast(RadGrid1.MasterTableView.GenerateXlsxOutput(Of String)(), String)
Dim outputAsString2 As String = RadGrid1.MasterTableView.GenerateXlsxOutput()

If you are not actually exporting at the end of the logic and the Response is not cleared, the state of the grids may change. This is especially true when the IgnorePaging and HideStructureColumns exporting properties are enabled. To return the original state, you can set AllowPaging to true then call Rebind() to the grid instance. Alternatively, you can try using the Response.Redirect(Request.RawUrl); approach.


  • No hierarchy support

  • No automatic column/row resizing

  • Custom skins whose images are set via the ImagesPath property instead of referenced in the stylesheet.

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