I believe I am following the correct pattern for exporting Visualforce to Excel on Mac

<apex:page controller="AccountReportConfiguratorController"  

        <apex:dataTable value="{! FilteredAccounts }" var="a">

                 <apex:facet name="header">{!DisplayReportName}</apex:facet>

                    <apex:column><apex:outputField value="{! a.DRC_RecordOrder__c }"/> </apex:column>

                            <apex:facet name="header">Deal Name</apex:facet>
                            <apex:outputField value="{! a.DRC_Account__r.Name }"/> 

On Windows it works fine on Mac it's missing the first row and outputting JavaScript like this

if(!window.sfdcPage) { window.sfdcPage = new ApexDetailPage(); 

I'm using dataTable instead of page block and have developer tools turned off.

Any advice?


  • Strange problem! Maybe try setting the sidebar attribute of the page tag to false? Or checking your output for discrepancies between Windows & OS X newline characters? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newline
    – Rob
    Aug 11, 2015 at 0:22

3 Answers 3


My understanding is that none of these solutions will generate a real XLS file.

The best result we will get is an HTML file with a wrong extension (.xls), which MS Excel will read and then convert to a real XLS file.

In addition, recent versions of MS Excel are likely to show a warning message saying that the extension of the file does not match its content.

  • 1
    yep - this is what I have observed as well and not surprising since converting HTML into native internal Excel data structure is non trivial work
    – cropredy
    Feb 12, 2016 at 21:17

Try apex:outputText instead of apex:outputField

    <apex:facet name="header">DRC RecordOrder</apex:facet>
    <apex:outputText value="{! a.DRC_RecordOrder__c }"/> 

    <apex:facet name="header">Deal Name</apex:facet>
    <apex:outputText value="{! a.DRC_Account__r.Name }"/> 


You should completely avoid Visualforce-specific tags, such as apex:dataTable, apex:outputField, etc. They sometimes create a Javascript, which is shown in Office for Mac, but not in Office for Windows.

What I found so far is that the following apex-tags do not create any Javascript:

  • apex:outputpanel
  • apex:outputtext
  • apex:page
  • apex:pageMessages
  • apex:repeat

I wrote an article about this, if you want to read more about it: Excel Sheet Generation for Mac

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