I'm writing a Visualforce page which downloads an Excel file onto the user's computer. I have done this by adding the following to the <apex:page> tag: contentType="application/vnd.ms-excel#My File Name.xls" cache="true"

This successfully downloads a file which opens in Excel, however I get the error that the file format and extension don't match. This is because I am actually opening a Web Page in Excel. When I go to save it, I have to change the file type from Web Page to Excel Workbook.

Is there any way to automatically download the page as an Excel Workbook to avoid these two issues?


  • try this content type contentType="application/x-excel#RenderAsTestFile.xls" – Tushar Sharma Oct 8 '15 at 12:44
  • @TusharSharma Sorry, that didn't make a difference. – fred Oct 8 '15 at 12:59

The content of the page must be tabular format to be displayed as excel file.

You can make sure of that as follows

  • Remove the sfdc html/style coponents
    <apex:page standardStylesheets="false" showHeader="false"/>

  • Render data in tabular format (Use standard HTML tags, instead of apex:dataTable)

    <table> <thead><tr><th>Header</th></tr></thead> <tbody><tr><td>Data</td></tr></tbody> </table>

  • Sorry, that didn't work either. – fred Oct 9 '15 at 9:48
  • do not keep anything but the table. after the page tag, only data should remain inside tables. – ipradhansk Oct 9 '15 at 9:57

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