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2517992 - WDA: Export to Excel creates a corrupt file


  • The 'Export to excel' function of an ALV grid creates a corrupt .xlsx file that cannot be opened in Microsoft Excel.
  • The error message is the following: "We found a problem with some content in 'export.XLSX'. Do you want us to try to recover as much as we can? If you trust the source of this workbook, click Yes."

  • After clicking "Yes" there is another popup that describes an illegal .xml character:

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  • Web Dynpro for ABAP
  • SAP NetWeaver
  • SAP Web Application Server for SAP S/4HANA all versions
  • ABAP PLATFORM - Application Server ABAP


ABAP platform all versions ; SAP NetWeaver all versions ; SAP Web Application Server for SAP S/4HANA all versions


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