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Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

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  • Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

    I wonder if the V8 can be able to export data to a single Excel file with multiple worksheets. I currently have V5, V6 and V7. Neither of them can do this.

    This is very important because our customers just want all the data in one file instead of multiple files. In order to do that now, I have to do extra work by combining the data from multiple files together.

    Anyone has the information, please help.


  • #2
    Re: Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

    No, V8 does not natively create multiple worksheets in an excel file. You can use Alpha's ole methods to do this (all the way back to v5).
    There can be only one.


    • #3
      Re: Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

      Not natively. Look up info in Alpha docs and Excel docs on OLE (Object Linking and Embedding). You will have to program this for it to work.


      • #4
        Re: Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

        Thanks, Doug and Stan.

        what language should I use to program the OLE?


        • #5
          Re: Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

          Originally posted by ppham View Post
          Thanks, Doug and Stan.

          what language should I use to program the OLE?

          Example attached. One form, one button. Button executes function taking parameter from variable on form. Function writes records from two tables to separate sheets of excel workbook, deletes third sheet. Saves exported file as name in form variable. (Doesn't check for name legality so that's the user's problem.)

          The example is a bit slow because I included print setup commands. Removing those lines will speed the process up greatly.
          There can be only one.


          • #6
            Re: Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

            You're so responsive, Stan. Thank you so much. I will try the sample.


            • #7
              Re: Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

              Hi Stan,
              It looks like the OLE only allows to create 3 worksheets per Excel file. I tried to create the 4th one, and I got the following messages:

              ERROR: command: xlApp.Sheets(4).Activate()
              OLE Automation Error. COM error source is unknown. COM error description is unknown.
              scode = -2147352565 (0x8002000b). Formated System Message:
              An attempt was made to load a program with an incorrect format.

              Please advise!

              Thank you.


              • #8
                Re: Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

                When you create a spreadsheet with the ole method the default is 3, set in Excel I think. If you need more just stick in some


                lines to create them, probably before anything after the create. That way when you start referencing them they should be in order.
                There can be only one.


                • #9
                  Re: Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

                  Thanks, Stan.

                  But that line is already added at the begining of the function.
                  if alltrim(filename) = ""
                  ui_msg_box("Sorry","No filename given for saving.")
                  exprt = .F.
                  end if

                  Dim xlApp as p
                  Dim myCell as c
                  xlApp = ole.Create("Excel.Application")
                  xlApp.Workbooks.Add() 'adds a workbook object
                  xlApp.DisplayAlerts = .F.

                  Do you mean adding another line somewhere in the function?


                  • #10
                    Re: Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

                    Not that I actually know, but wouldn't it be:



                    • #11
                      Re: Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

                      Good catch, Doug. I was posting from memory which is always risky. I'll have to test and get back but I think it would be


                      and you can

                      xlapp.Sheets(3).Select()'select sheet 3
                      xlapp.Sheets.Add()'adds a sheet before 3, can't add after 3 this way
                      xlapp.Sheets(4).Select()'select sheet 4
                      xlapp.Sheets(4).Move(3)'move it after 3

                      but I'll have to test that tomorrow.
                      There can be only one.


                      • #12
                        Re: Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

                        Testing this morning tells me the move statements above aren't right and it is just easier to refer to the sheets by index (absolute position) and rename them.


                        seem to be equivalent.

                        Reference to sheets by index is

                        xlApp.Sheets(1.Select() 'leftmost sheet
                        xlApp.Sheets(2).Select() 'second to leftmost
                        There can be only one.


                        • #13
                          Re: Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

                          Stan and Doug,
                          I think I found a way to add more than 3 worksheets in an excel file. I just modified your code a little bit, Stan. And I got 5 worksheet created in the excel file.

                          I attach the file here for your reference.

                          thanks a lot for your help.


                          • #14
                            Re: Alpha5 and MS Excel with Multiple Worksheets

                            Here is the file. The order of the worksheets is not important as long as I get the number of worksheets I want.

                            thanks again.