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Home > English site > Articles > Excel Web App Mashups > JavaScript
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Creating webpages with Excel Web App mashups

Explanation of the Javascript and html items needed

Whilst you can use the default html code (the code that starts with "<iframe>"), there is also the option to use JavaScript to embed the Excel file. And there is more: you can use JavaScript to:

What is needed?

Basically, the JavaScript embedding needs the following items on your web page:

You can also find excellent examples on this page: Excel Mashups

The webpage itself must have the right document type declaration and be loaded from a web server

The Javascript will not work if you store your webpage locally, it must be stored on a web server. Also the page must have the right document type declaration set.

For example, this doc type declaration should work:

<!DOCTYPE html>

html: Add a place holder for your embedded Excel object

At the position where you want the embedded Excel file to appear, add a div tag like this one:

<div id="chartDiv" style="width: 500px; height: 500px"></div>

Adjust the dimensions of the tag according to your needs. You may also want to set other positional properties of the div so it behaves according to the other items on the page. I named it chartDiv because that is what I am planning to show, a chart.

Point to the Microsoft JavaScript library which knows about the Excel web app

Javascript needs to know how to get this Excel web app stuff into action. This requires a reference to the proper location, which is achieved by this html code:

<script language="javascript" src=";kip=1" type="text/javascript"></script>

The remainder of the JavaScript code is wrapped in the usual tags:

<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript"> All Java code listed below is located in this location within the script tag </script>

File token

The next thing you need is the file token which uniquely identifies the Skydrive file. This filetoken is embedded in the Javascript code that you can copy from the embed file dialog on skydrive which I discussed on the previous page of this article.

The file token of the file this article will show later on is :


Not something you'd want to retype every time...

Between the JavaScript tags these lines define a variable and set its value to the filetoken:

// Use this file token to reference the skydrive file in the Excel APIs
var fileToken = "SDB4A3FCAC9C7848C9!285/-5430218907388983095/t=0&s=0&v=!AJHqJpkd-Q5axR8";

We also need a variable that will hold a reference to the Excel Web API (in short: ewa):

 var ewaCht = null;

Load the Excel Web Application after loading the page

Next you need an event that will fire once your page is loaded. That is easy enough. Again, this is code that goes between the JavaScript tags, just after the two var declarations I showed you earlier:

// Run the Excel load handler on page load.
if (window.attachEvent)
window.attachEvent("onload", loadEwaOnPageLoad);
} else
window.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", loadEwaOnPageLoad, false);

All this says is "when the page is loaded, run the loadEwaOnPageLoad routine".

Loading the Excel Web Application

Once the web page is loaded, the function below is triggered:

function loadEwaOnPageLoad()
            var props = {item: "Chart 2",
               showDownloadButton: false,
               showGridlines: false,
               showRowColumnHeaders: false,
               showParametersTaskPane: false
               allowTypingAndFormulaEntry: true,
               allowParameterModification: true,
               allowSorting: false,
               allowFiltering: false,
               allowPivotTableInteractivity: false
// Embed workbook using loadEwaAsync
Ewa.EwaControl.loadEwaAsync(fileToken, "chartDiv", props, OnChartLoaded);

The first thing the code does is define the options for the EWA object, such as whether or not a download link should be provided and whether to show gridlines or not.

The next thing it does is to tell the Ewa to load the Excel file and where to place the object ("chartDiv"). It does so asynchronously, so it sets a function (a call-back) which will be called once the Ewa object is done loading the file. This is the OnChartLoaded function (which you -of course- can change to your own function name).

Setting an object reference to the loaded Ewa

Once the Ewa is done loading your file, it will fire the call-back function:

     function OnChartLoaded(asyncResult)
        if (asyncResult.getSucceeded())
            ewaCht = asyncResult.getEwaControl();

In the example above, a reference to the resulting Ewa object is stored in the ewaCht variable, for later use in your code.

The next page describes how to get the Excel Web app to communicate with controls on your web page.



All comments about this page:

Comment by: Jonah Feld (12/21/2011 11:58:37 AM)

Great article! I've been tinkering with this technology for a while, and it's pretty amazing. But I'm quite hung up getting it to work in IE.

I can embed a worksheet and manipulate its contents with html forms, which is totally amazing! But a workbook won't load at all via js in IE (tested v7 and 8). I made a super simple test book, and a page which loads it both via iFrame and JS. The embed codes are taken verbatim from SkyDrive. In FF and Chrome, both the iFrame and JS versions load. In IE, only the iFrame. Here's the test page. ­­sting.html The killer functionality is being able to manipulate the worksheets contents with form controls, which requires embedding with JS. Any idea why this isn't working in IE?

Might it be my host? What could possibly cause that? Your example in embeddedexcel04.asp loads for me in IE.

Thanks again for the great article and in advance for the help.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (12/21/2011 11:16:52 PM)

Hi Jonah,

If I copy the code of your page into a straight html page on my desktop it does not work indeed. Even if I replace your fileToken with mine.

But if I put the page on my website AND change the extension from .htm to .asp, it works as expected.


Conclusion: in order for the JavaScript to work, you need to have a webpage which has the proper extension (serverscript enabled).


Comment by: Jonah Feld (12/22/2011 10:39:55 AM)

Hi Jan,

Thanks so much for the quick response. I recognize that troubleshooting is not why you wrote this article, and I am very appreciative of the help.

I believe that when viewing from the desktop, JS embedding will not work, no matter the browser. This is what you first saw. For JS embedding to work the page must be on a web server.

When viewing the tempJonah.asp page you provided (in IE 8 and 9 on two different machines), I still only see the iFrame embedded workbook, not the JS one below. Here's a screengrab of what I see on your temp page: The page should show the workbook twice: once in an iFrame on top, once embedded by JS below. At the risk of embarrassing myself, can you double check that you see both the iFrame and the JS loaded versions in IE on the temp page you made?

Again, when visiting the page you made with FF or Chrome, I see both.

If you do in fact see the workbook twice in IE and I still only see one, then I must be cursed and am pretty much out of ideas. However, if you see only the iFrame version, then I'm back at square one.

I tested changing the file to .php and .asp on my host (I have an Apache host, yours is IIS). Again, no luck in IE for the JS embedding, but JS works in FF and Chrome with both asp and php file extensions on my host.

Again, thanks for the help. Really hoping to get to the bottom of this.


Comment by: Jonah Feld (12/22/2011 12:01:12 PM)

Hi Jan,

I just got the answer from the thread here: It had to do with a missing DOCTYPE declaration on the page.

Also, IE8 or higher is required.

Thanks again for the article and for the help. Much appreciated.


Comment by: Jim Maiolo (MSFT) (12/22/2011 3:56:25 PM)

Hi Jonah and Jan,

As I discussed in the link below, the problems you are experiencing in IE are actually because the html page you are using does not have a valid DOCTYPE declaration.

The reason that including the HTML as a server page works is presumably that ASP is adding the doctype info for you. Using static htm and html pages is completely supported as long as you are serving the pages from a webserver and not from a file system.

Please let me know if you have static html pages that are not working for you.

Developer, Microsoft Excel Web App


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (12/23/2011 6:40:00 AM)

Hi Jonah,

I could have sworn I got both Excel screens on the asp page, but when I tried just now indeed only the top one appears.


Comment by: Nuno Nogueira (5/10/2013 11:58:27 AM)

Hello Jan,

Thanks for this great tutorial!

Right now it seems you can embed an excel app into a web page. But anyone with the link may open it. I was wondering if there's a way to secure the page behind a password, perhaps using JavaScript somehow.

I develop Excel desktop applications and would like to try Saas instead. If you have any ideas about this, I would appreciate.

Dankuwel en toz ziens!


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (5/10/2013 12:15:31 PM)

Hi Nuno,

For now, that is not possible I'm afraid. It is something we have requested from Microsoft already.


Comment by: ANshu (9/20/2013 10:15:22 PM)

Seems like now there is no way to generate a filetoken. I get an embed option which is like this

How do i generate file token to use this ?

<iframe src="" width="98" height="120" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (9/23/2013 6:41:18 AM)

Hi Anshu,

Check out this page, where I describe how to do the embedding:

Key is to use the "Customize how this workbook will appear to others" link.


Comment by: George S Gordon (2/28/2014 7:16:52 PM)

Above, you say - "you can use Javascript to Update form controls on your web page using values from cells in the embedded Excel file", but as far as I can see, you have not shown that code here.

I've been trying to do that and failed so far. Can you help - perhaps with info on how to modify your code that inserts values from form to cells to do the opposite?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (2/28/2014 7:55:47 PM)

Hi George,

Indeed, I omitted that, thanks for pointing me at it.

If you go to this page:

and look at the HTML code behind it

(View, Source from the menu of Internet Explorer), then you'll see this code:

function OnChartLoaded(asyncResult)
        if (asyncResult.getSucceeded())
            ewaCht = asyncResult.getEwaControl();
            ewaCht.getActiveWorkbook().getRangeA1Async('b1:b2', getRangeForControls, null);
        document.getElementById("loadingdiv").style.display = "none";

function getRangeForControls(asyncResult)
    var range = asyncResult.getReturnValue();

function PutRangeValuesIntoForm(asyncResult)
var control = document.ChangeInput.Phase;
control.value = asyncResult.getReturnValue()[0][0].toString();
control = document.ChangeInput.Freq;
control.value = asyncResult.getReturnValue()[1][0].toString();


Comment by: George S Gordon (2/28/2014 10:20:34 PM)

Hi Jan,

Thanks for that.

I note your comment that things don't work if the webpage is stored locally.

However, I have been able to get quite a lot to work on a locally stored page, including the example at -

Can you expand on what will not work with a locally stored page?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (3/1/2014 7:05:23 PM)

Hi George,

I seem to recall that whether or not it works on a locally stored page depends on the HTML headers of the page itself.

I forgot which those were however.


Comment by: Tim (8/4/2015 10:51:44 PM)

This is great info but I'd like to know if it's possible to use the same javascript libraries to load an Excel file that's not stored on SkyDrive, for example an Excel file that's stored on the web server?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (8/6/2015 11:05:55 AM)

Hi Tim,

To be honest, I don't think you can at the moment. The file has to be on a server somewhere that Microsoft have access to.


Comment by: Karen (8/25/2015 6:04:12 PM)

Just reading your info, plus a lot of searching and can't find an answer. My workbooks are all in OneDrive, but I would like to link to a single spreadsheet not the whole workbook and have the link update on the webpage, when the spreadsheet is updated. Is that possible?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (8/26/2015 11:28:29 AM)

Hi Karen,

The last time I looked, links were not supported in the Excel webapp.


Comment by: Drew (11/11/2016 11:40:16 PM)

Hi Mr. Pieterse,

I wonder if you think it is possible to store an excel file in google drive and embed it from there. I found that fetching the data from a gsheet in Google Drive is about twice as fast as getting it from and xls in skydrive. Or is there a way to format the xlsx so that the data moves faster?

Things I'll try are: create the skydrive sheet using the web app instead of the PC app. Maybe the real xlsx files that I'm synching to skydrive are bloated and I don't know it? If Google Drive is just faster overall, that would be too bad!

Anyway, thanks for thinking about it if you have a minute!


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/14/2016 9:15:01 AM)

Hi Drew,

I wouldn't know of a way to do this from Google drive, I'm sorry.


Comment by: Ravi Kumar (3/1/2018 11:11:55 AM)

Where can I get file token from this below embedded excel code?

<iframe width="402" height="346" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" src=""></iframe>


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (3/2/2018 1:31:36 PM)

Hi Ravi,

I see you are using OneDrive for business, I expect that works different from OneDrive personal. So I don't really know I'm afraid.


Comment by: Ravi Kumar (3/5/2018 5:46:52 AM)

I have to display and edit excel sheet in web page. After editing it, I have to convert into xml file by adding a buttton. Can u tell me pls, Is there any solution for it? Is there any plugins that can be used to embed sheet and do operations?

Thanks in advance.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (3/5/2018 10:13:49 AM)

Hi Ravi,

That is something that should be possible using Office add-ins programmed using JavaScript. Unfortunately I don't have much experience in that area.


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