Hi can anyone please help me, I've got a gridview populated from a database, when the download button is pressed this is exported to excel, what I would like to do is to hide the gridview, it must not show on the aspx page but the database must still export to excel, is this possible.

excel.aspx

private void ExportGridView()
    {
        string attachment = "attachment; filename=Enquiry.xls";
        Response.ClearContent();
        Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", attachment);
        Response.ContentType = "application/ms-excel";
        StringWriter sw = new StringWriter();
        HtmlTextWriter htw = new HtmlTextWriter(sw);
        grid.RenderControl(htw);
        Response.Write(sw.ToString());
        Response.End();
    }

    private void PrepareGridViewForExport(Control gv)
    {
        LinkButton lb = new LinkButton();
        Literal l = new Literal();
        string name = String.Empty;
        for (int i = 0; i < gv.Controls.Count; i++)
        {
            if (gv.Controls[i].GetType() == typeof(LinkButton))
            {
                l.Text = (gv.Controls[i] as LinkButton).Text;
                gv.Controls.Remove(gv.Controls[i]);
                gv.Controls.AddAt(i, l);
            }
            else if (gv.Controls[i].GetType() == typeof(DropDownList))
            {
                l.Text = (gv.Controls[i] as DropDownList).SelectedItem.Text;
                gv.Controls.Remove(gv.Controls[i]);
                gv.Controls.AddAt(i, l);
            }
            else if (gv.Controls[i].GetType() == typeof(CheckBox))
            {
                l.Text = (gv.Controls[i] as CheckBox).Checked ? "True" : "False";
                gv.Controls.Remove(gv.Controls[i]);
                gv.Controls.AddAt(i, l);
            }
            if (gv.Controls[i].HasControls())
            {
                PrepareGridViewForExport(gv.Controls[i]);
            }
        }
    }
    protected void download_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        PrepareGridViewForExport(grid);
        ExportGridView();
    }