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    Writing to a .xls file using UTL_FILE package

    Hi,
    Can anyone help me out on writing a .xls file using the UTL_FILE package? I am able to write a .txt and .csv file. But .xls file I am not able to do .. the fields are not coming properly if I use a comma separated approach- all the data are coming in the first column itself.
    I was trying the following..

    v_buffer := '"'||rec.dept||'","'||rec.students||'"';
    UTL_FILE.PUT_LINE(v_fh, v_buffer);

    Any help in this regard will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    Regds,
    Abhi

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    You separate with comma when creating csv files, when creating xls files you want to separate with chr(9) like: rec.dept||chr(9)||rec.students
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    Quote Originally Posted by abhi_oracle View Post
    Hi,
    Can anyone help me out on writing a .xls file using the UTL_FILE package? I am able to write a .txt and .csv file. But .xls file I am not able to do .. the fields are not coming properly if I use a comma separated approach- all the data are coming in the first column itself.
    I was trying the following..

    v_buffer := '"'||rec.dept||'","'||rec.students||'"';
    UTL_FILE.PUT_LINE(v_fh, v_buffer);

    Any help in this regard will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    Regds,
    Abhi
    when you open in excel you need to specify that it is comma delimited

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    Thanks a lot guys... I tried with chr(9) and it worked ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by abhi_oracle View Post
    I tried with chr(9) and it worked ..
    There is a reason for that, in Excel you hit TAB to move to the next cell... chr(9) = TAB
    Pablo (Paul) Berzukov

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    Disclaimer: Advice is provided to the best of my knowledge but no implicit or explicit warranties are provided. Since the advisor explicitly encourages testing any and all suggestions on a test non-production environment advisor should not held liable or responsible for any actions taken based on the given advice.

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