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Version 6 won't import Excel (Mac)

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  • Subject: [mg81576] Version 6 won't import Excel (Mac)
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 02:10:19 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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A colleague who uses a Mac with MacOS 10.4.10 has the following 
Mathematica 6 problem: He cannot get Import to work with either an .xls 
file or a .csv file created from an Excel spreadsheet.

Instead, the resulting Output cell just contains a button that says 
"Import" followed by the arguments used to call Import in square 
brackets.  Clicking the button just opens the Documentation Center 
window to the page for "ref/Import" which describes how to use the function.

Has anyone else experienced this on Macs?  Does Mathematica 6 possibly 
use Java, and could there be some configuration problem involving that?

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
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University of Massachusetts                413 545-2859 (W)
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Amherst, MA 01003-9305

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