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Some people like their excel files. For people who want their data exported in an excel format checkout this chunk of code. It’s really easy :–)

First of all you need to download this php excel class

Now try this code:

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$query = mysql_query("select * from table");
while($q = mysql_fetch_assoc($query)){
  $output[] = $q;
}
require_once "excel.php";
$export_file = "xlsfile://export.xls";
$fp = fopen($export_file, "wb");
if (!is_resource($fp))
{
    die("Cannot open $export_file");
}
fwrite($fp, serialize($output));
fclose($fp);
header ("Content-Type: application/x-msexcel");
header ("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=\"exports.xls\"" );
readfile("xlsfile://export.xls");
exit;

That’s got to be the easiest thing you have ever done in PHP. Thanks goes to the excellent PHP Classes site.

Here is some further reading: PHP Excel Formula Parser PHP Excel Export class Export data directly to Excel by configuring the MIME Type Profile Option Power your PHP Business Logic with Excel Reading/Parsing Excel Spreadsheet using PHP