Modify RadGridView's Content Before Exporting

In R1 2016, we introduced two new extension methods related to the exporting of RadGridView - ExportToWorkbook() and ExportToRadFixedDocument(). You can use them if you need to modify the content of the exported RadGridView and avoid styling the document manually.

Assembly References

ExportToWorkbook and ExportToRadFixedDocument methods use additional libraries so you need to add references to the following assemblies:

  • Telerik.Windows.Documents.Core.dll
  • Telerik.Windows.Documents.Spreadsheet.dll
  • Telerik.Windows.Documents.Spreadsheet.FormatProviders.OpenXml.dll
  • Telerik.Windows.Zip.dll
  • Telerik.Windows.Controls.GridView.Export.dll


This method exports the associated RadGridView to a Workbook object. Examples 1 and 2 show how you can modify that object before exporting.

Example 1: Export RadGridView to a Workbook and modify cell style:

  private void Button_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) 
        //Instantiate the Workbook object 
        Workbook workbook = this.clubsGrid.ExportToWorkbook(); 
        //Modify the created Workbook 
        CellStyle wbStyle = workbook.Styles["Normal"]; 
        wbStyle.ForeColor = new ThemableColor(Colors.Green); 
        wbStyle.FontFamily = new ThemableFontFamily(ThemeFontType.Major); 
        wbStyle.FontSize = UnitHelper.PointToDip(16); 
        wbStyle.VerticalAlignment = RadVerticalAlignment.Top; 
        //Export the Workbook to an Excel file 
        SaveFileDialog dialog = new SaveFileDialog(); 
        dialog.DefaultExt = ".xlsx"; 
        dialog.Filter = String.Format("{1} files (.{0})|.{0}|All files (.)|.*", "xlsx", "Excel"); 
        dialog.FilterIndex = 1; 
        if (dialog.ShowDialog() == true) 
            var provider = new XlsxFormatProvider(); 
            using (var output = dialog.OpenFile()) 
                provider.Export(workbook, output); 

Example 2: Double the width of the exported columns:

for (int i = 0; i < workbook.ActiveWorksheet.UsedCellRange.ColumnCount; i++) 
    workbook.ActiveWorksheet.Columns[i].SetWidth(new ColumnWidth(this.clubsGrid.Columns[i].ActualWidth * 2, true)); 


This method exports the associated RadGridView to a RadFixedDocument object.

Example 3: Export RadGridView to a RadFixedDocument and rotate the page 90 degrees

private void Button2_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) 
        //Instantiate the RadFixedDocument object 
        RadFixedDocument fixedDoc = this.clubsGrid.ExportToRadFixedDocument(); 
        //Modify the RadFixedDocument object 
        foreach (var page in fixedDoc.Pages) 
            var actualPage = page as RadFixedPage; 
            actualPage.Rotation =  Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.Model.Data.Rotation.Rotate90; 
        //Export the RadFixedDocument to a PDF file 
        SaveFileDialog dialog = new SaveFileDialog(); 
        dialog.DefaultExt = "*.pdf"; 
        if (dialog.ShowDialog() == true) 
            var provider = new PdfFormatProvider(); 
            using (var output = dialog.OpenFile()) 
                provider.Export(fixedDoc, output); 
Both methods can be overloaded and take GridViewDocumentExportOptions as parameter. You can use it to set the following export options:
  • Culture
  • Items
  • ShowColumnFooters
  • ShowGroupFooters
  • ShowColumnHeaders
  • ExportDefaultStyles

ExportToRadFixedDocument method utilizes PdfProcessing library and ExportToWorkbook method utilizes SpreadProcessing library. You can check their documentation for more information on how to modify them.

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