replacing Alt Enter character in Excel with HTML line break in a DataList

Problem: Excel cells contain Alt+Enter line breaks. After the Excel file is imported to the SQL Server database, the line break is not showing in a datalist inside of a webpage.


Trigger a function for the ItemDataBound event for the DataList. Replace the Alt+Enter character in Excel which is “\n” with HTML line break “<br />”


protected void DataList1_ItemDataBound(object sender, DataListItemEventArgs e)

String temp = ((Label)e.Item.FindControl(“YourControlName”)).Text;

((Label)e.Item.FindControl(“YourControlName “)).Text = temp.Replace(“\n”, “<br />”);



2 comments so far

  1. Tarun on

    Gud one!

    I have opposite problem, I am showing data in a datagrid using tag like
    but when I exported these in excel then tag appeared in the export. how to replace those br tag again with alt+enter fuctionality for excel also…

    waiting for your reply..

  2. nycharles on

    Do you use software like sql server reporting service or integration service to export the excel file or use the code you wrote?

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