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Re: Exporting TableHeadings to Excel

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  • Subject: [mg76993] Re: Exporting TableHeadings to Excel
  • From: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at>
  • Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 03:28:11 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
  • References: <f3jh42$dd6$>

Dean Williams wrote:
> Using the example below, I am trying to export the TableHeadings to
> accompany the data into Excel.
> However, when I open Excel, the TableHeadings are lost.
> Is there a way to export the TableHeadings and data together?
> Regards
> Dean
> data = {{"Item1", 1, 2}, {"Item2", 3, 4}}
> aa = TableForm[data,
>   TableHeadings -> {None, {"Item", "Heading1", "Heading2"}}]
> Export["testxls.xls", aa]


TableForm is a wrapper function, that is a function that modifies the 
way an expression is displayed but not the expression itself. So, when 
you call Export, although aa contains the TableForm command, TableForm 
is removed first and only data is passed as actual argument to Export.

You can use Prepend to get the desired result, as in

aa = Prepend[data, {"Item", "Heading1", "Heading2"}]


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