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Negative values display with apostrophe after export to Excel



Negative values display with an apostrophe after Export to Excel.

Error Messages

Not Applicable

Steps to Reproduce

Generate an Excel file with negative values  using the MSOGenerateExcelFile activity.

Root Cause

This behavior is as per Pega product design.

This applies for all areas where the Export to Excel functionality is achieved using the DCOXLGenerateZipEntryMap Rule Utility Function (RUF).

The MSOGenerateExcelFile activity uses the DCOXLGenerateZipEntryMap RUF in Step 5 (Java) of the activity.

In the DCOXLGenerateZipEntryMap RUF at Line 574, the code is as below and works according to the code.
if(null != stringValue && 
(stringValue.startsWith("=") || stringValue.startsWith("+") || stringValue.startsWith("-") || stringValue.startsWith("@")))
stringValue = " ' " + stringValue;


Perform the following local-change:

Use pxGenerateExcelFile activity to generate the Excel file.

Published December 2, 2021

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