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Re: Re: Version 6 won't import Excel (Mac)

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  • Subject: [mg81650] Re: [mg81597] Re: Version 6 won't import Excel (Mac)
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 04:05:39 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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The user who raised the issue with me now reports that the problem was 
with the paths he was supplying.  So the issue should be closed.

Thanks for confirmation from Mac users that Import of .xls does indeed 
work as expected.

dflatin at wrote:
> On Sep 28, 2:14 am, Murray Eisenberg <mur... at> wrote:
>> 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?
>> --
> I just created a simple Excel document with two sheets and tried the
> import function. It appears to work on my PowerBook running MacOS X
> 10.4.10 using Excel 2004. Perhaps there is an issue with embedded
> macros in your colleague's document.
> $Version
> "6.0 for Mac OS X PowerPC (32-bit) (June 19, 2007)"
> Import["/Users/dan/Desktop/test.xls"]
> {{{1., 2.}, {3., 4.}, {5., 6.}}, {{"A", "B"}, {"C", "D"}, {"E", "F"}}}
> Dan

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