guys - most of the export to excel code i've found really doesn't wind up being excel. it's simply HTML w/ a .xls tag on it. and i've done this for years in asp.net, winforms in both c# & vb.net. but it's always a hack. can someone point me in the direction of how to export a datatable to the real excel? like what reference i need to use how i build the headers and the info (data). i'm just not finding anything.