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Field Names Used in Excel Export from Browse

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  • Field Names Used in Excel Export from Browse

    Exports from a browse (Excel Icon, not an operation) passes the application's field names, and not the names of the fields used in the browse which are more user friendly. How can I do the export where the field names used in the Browse are accepted by Excel?

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    Re: Field Names Used in Excel Export from Browse

    I don't believe you can. You can change the names after the export with Alpha's ole methods or the Office::ExcelDocument Class.

    Code:
    'column names should be passed to the function as a comma delimited string
    FUNCTION ex_col_names AS L (excelname AS C, col_names as C)
    	ex_col_names = .F.
    	col_cnt = w_count(col_names,",")
    	Dim xlApp as p
    	dim myCell as c
    	xlApp = ole.GetObject("","Excel.Application")
    	xlApp.Workbooks.Open(excelname)
    	for qx = 1 to col_cnt
    		cl = chr(64+qx)
    		xlApp.Range(cl+"1").Select()
    		xlApp.ActiveCell.Formula = word(col_names,qx,",")
    	next
    	xlapp.DisplayAlerts = .F.
    	xlApp.ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs(excelname,56) '-4143 is Excel workbook in Excel 2003, 56 in Excel 2010
    	xlApp.Workbooks.Close()
    	xlapp.DisplayAlerts = .T.
    	xlApp.Quit()
    	delete xlApp
    	ex_col_names = .T.
    END FUNCTION
    This function will rename cells A1 to Z1 or as many in that range as you specify values in the comma delimited list. It is possible to modify the function to handle more than 26 columns but that functionality is not included here and will error if attempted.
    Last edited by Stan Mathews; 02-10-2017, 03:04 PM. Reason: clarification
    There can be only one.

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      Re: Field Names Used in Excel Export from Browse

      This is how I overcome the quick export field name problem.

      I create a new table with friendly field names but only for the fields that I intend to export. I then have scripts that zap the new table and appends only the the filtered data from my live table. My browse is then based on the new table with friendly field names with a button to quick export. I can also convert date fields to character etc during the append.

      Michael

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      • #4
        Re: Field Names Used in Excel Export from Browse

        Very clever. Thanks for your advice.

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        • #5
          Re: Field Names Used in Excel Export from Browse

          The following post provides some xBasic code that will generate eXcel spreadsheets using OLE. This gives complete control over column names and gives a host of other formatting options.
          https://www.alphasoftware.com/alphaf...l-Spreadsheets
          It may seem like a lot of work to use, but it's not so bad once you have set up your first export.

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          • #6
            Re: Field Names Used in Excel Export from Browse

            Have you considered using a mapped table?

            mapped_table.png

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