How to set rich text format in cells in ASP classic

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to export Excel files in Classic ASP. The library is a COM+ component that works without MS Excel installed.

Step 1: Download and install EasyXLS Excel Library for .NET

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for ASP Classic

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Step 2: Verify if EasyXLS is registered

Check if EasyXLS component is present in Component Services.

Step 3: Run ASP code that sets rich text format in Excel cells

Execute the following ASP code that exports rich text format (RTF) in an Excel cell.

<%@ Language=VBScript %>

<!-- #INCLUDE FILE="DataType.inc" -->

' Tutorial 19
' This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file in ASP classic 
' having multiple sheets. The first sheet is filled with data and the
' first cell of the second row contains data in rich text format.

response.write("Tutorial 19<br>")

' Create an instance of the class that exports Excel files
Set workbook = Server.CreateObject("EasyXLS.ExcelDocument")

' Create two sheets
workbook.easy_addWorksheet_2("First tab")
workbook.easy_addWorksheet_2("Second tab")

' Get the table of data for the first worksheet
Set xlsFirstTable = workbook.easy_getSheetAt(0).easy_getExcelTable()

' Create the string used to set the RTF in cell
Dim sFormattedValue
sFormattedValue = sFormattedValue & "This is <b>bold</b>."
sFormattedValue = sFormattedValue & Chr(10) & "This is <i>italic</i>."
sFormattedValue = sFormattedValue & Chr(10) & "This is <u>underline</u>."
sFormattedValue = sFormattedValue & Chr(10) & "This is <underline double>double underline</underline double>."
sFormattedValue = sFormattedValue & Chr(10) & "This is <font color=red>red</font>."
sFormattedValue = sFormattedValue & Chr(10) & "This is <font color=rgb(255,0,0)>red</font> too."
sFormattedValue = sFormattedValue & Chr(10) & "This is <font face=""Arial Black"">Arial Black</font>."
sFormattedValue = sFormattedValue & Chr(10) & "This is <font size=15pt>size 15</font>."
sFormattedValue = sFormattedValue & Chr(10) & "This is <s>strikethrough</s>."
sFormattedValue = sFormattedValue & Chr(10) & "This is <sup>superscript</sup>."
sFormattedValue = sFormattedValue & Chr(10) & "This is <sub>subscript</sub>."
sFormattedValue = sFormattedValue & Chr(10) & "<b>This</b> <i>is</i> <font color=red face=""Arial Black"" size=15pt>"
sFormattedValue = sFormattedValue & "<underline double>formatted</underline double></font> <s>text</s>."

' Set the rich text value in cell
xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(1, 0).setHTMLValue (sFormattedValue)
xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(1, 0).setDataType (DATATYPE_STRING)
xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(1, 0).setWrap (True)
xlsFirstTable.easy_getRowAt(1).setHeight (250)
xlsFirstTable.easy_getColumnAt(0).setWidth (250)

' Export Excel file
response.write("Writing file: C:\Samples\Tutorial19 - RTF for Excel cells.xlsx<br>")
workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile ("C:\Samples\Tutorial19 - RTF for Excel cells.xlsx")

' Confirm export of Excel file
if workbook.easy_getError() = "" then
    response.write("File successfully created.")
    response.write("Error encountered: " + workbook.easy_getError())
end if

' Dispose memory

Overloaded methods
For methods with same name but different parameters, only the first method overload retains the original name. Subsequent overloads are uniquely renamed by appending to the method name '_2', '_3', etc (method, method_2, method_3), an integer that corresponds to the order of declaration that can be found in EasyXLS.h, a file that comes with EasyXLS installation.

EasyXLS Excel components:

Excel Library for ASP classic
full COM+ version to import, export or convert Excel files
Excel Writer for ASP classic
COM+ version to create and export Excel files
Download EasyXLS™ Excel Component for ASP classic

File formats:

MS Excel 97 - 2003
MS Excel 2007 - 2010
MS Excel 2013
MS Excel 2016
MS Excel 2019