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  • Subject: [mg19772] Re: [mg19750] Excel
  • From: Jean-Marie Thomas <jmt at>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 1999 01:36:34 -0400
  • Organization: TeA
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This is the method I use when the Excel data is two-dimensional :
1- Save the Excel sheet under a text format : depending on the kind of data,
you can choose between space-separated cells, comma-separated cells,
tab-separated cells, and maybe others; recent versions of Excel can show
different sheets under the same "Excel folder", then save each sheet nder a
separate name;
You can eventually modify the data, for instance getting rid of column or
line headers if you don not need them;
2- Read the so-generated files with a Read command : if you have only numerical
data, for instance n columns and p line, you can 
Read[myFile,Table[ Number,{p},{n}]
or use ReadList.
Text files are easily read with Mathematica, but have a look to the Main book
before !

Hope this helps,


On Wed, 15 Sep 1999, Bob HYDE wrote:
> Goodmorning all,  I have been reading all your diverse problems with
> interest hoping one would coincide with mine. But ......
> My colleagues have started sending me data in tables of  microsoft
> Excel (dont ask).  I need to open and read this data to process it in
> Mathematica. Although
> I do use Openread and Read etc. for other files, I havent found a way of
> opening Excel files. Can anyone help ?  Normally the file contains two
> columns of Real numbers, Surely I do not need to buy the Mathematica Excel
> package for this.
> Bob

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