After my ASP page is converted to excel (that part is working fine) i noticed that I cannot perform any numeric calculations on some of the columns as they were not "numeric" and even after formatting the cells, i got some errors. i revised my ASP code and i noticed that there was the ever presisting ' ' after my variable name. example:<BR><BR><td><%=var1%> </td><BR><BR>and no matter how many times i delete it, it comes back. i realize the reason it does it because if the variable contains a null value, then that TD won't be active and will mess the complete layout and the space acts like a permenent character irrespective of the outcome of the variable. This unfortunately is messing up my excel output. any thoughts?