I am trying to generate a table with Manipulate and export the results into an MS Excel file.

Fortunately, after a lot of troubles, I was able to get the file export right but the headings were not included in the Excel file. I would be quite grateful for you guys to point to me where I am getting it wrong. Please see my code below:

  nino = 
    TableForm[Table[(a*i)^2 - j^3, {i, 5}, {j, 6}], 
      TableHeadings -> {None, {n, n^2, n^3, k, g, t}}], 
  Button["Export", Export["ndata" <> ToString[a] <> ".xls", nino]], 
  {nino, ControlType -> None}, 
  {a, 0, 2}]
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    $\begingroup$ TableForm is only a display form. Instead of using it just export your list with table headings attached, i.e.: Export[..., Prepend[Table[(a*i)^2 - j^3, {i, 5}, {j, 6}], {n, n^2, n^3, k, g, t} ]]. Also what's with the Manipulate here? It doesn't seem to do much of anything that couldn't be better done programmatically. $\endgroup$
    – b3m2a1
    Jan 14, 2019 at 1:47

1 Answer 1


Exporting to Excel means that you will have forego the use of the TableHeadings option of TableForm. You can do it like this.

dir = SetDirectory[FileNameJoin[{$HomeDirectory, "Desktop"}]];

  {nino =
     Join[{{n, n^2, n^3, k, g, t}}, Table[(a*i)^2 - j^3, {i, 5}, {j, 6}]];
     Export[FileNameJoin[{dir, "ndata" <> ToString[a] <> ".xls"}], nino],
     ImageSize -> Automatic,
     Method -> "Queued"]}],
  {nino, None},
  {a, 0, 2, .1, Appearance -> "Labeled"}]



Then clicking on the export button will produce an .xls file that looks like this:


BTW: Having negative numbers under a column headed $n^2$ is strange


I am going to recant on my assertion that Exporting to Excel means that you will have forego the use of the TableHeadings option of TableForm. It is a little more work to use the option, but it does result in a better looking Manipulate output.

    {data = Join[{lbls}, Table[(a*i)^2 - j^3, {i, 5}, {j, 6}]];
     TableForm[Rest @ data, TableHeadings -> {None, lbls}], 
       Export[FileNameJoin[{dir, "ndata" <> ToString[a] <> ".xls"}], data], 
       ImageSize -> Automatic,
       Method -> "Queued"]},
    Dividers -> {False, 2 -> True}],
  {data, None},
  {{lbls, {n, n^2, n^3, k, g, t}}, None},
  {a, 0, 2, .1, Appearance -> "Labeled"}]



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