Open Workbook Action

Declaration

<AMEXCELOPENWORKBOOK WORKBOOK="text" SESSIONNAME="text" VISIBLE="yes/no">

See Also

Create Workbook,  Close Workbook, Add Worksheet, Activate Worksheet, Get Cell, Set Cell, Cells to Dataset, Dataset to Cells

Description

Opens a Microsoft Excel workbook and attaches a session name for use in other Excel actions.

Practical Usage

To open an existing Microsoft Excel document and create an associated session for manipulating it. This action is only useful in conjunction with the other Excel actions found in AutoMate.

IMPORTANT: The Excel actions in AutoMate use the Microsoft Excel automation engine to perform their work. Because of this, Microsoft Excel must be licensed and installed on the system to use the Excel actions.

Parameters

General Tab

Workbook

Text, Required
MARKUP: WORKBOOK="c:\file.xls"

Specifies the name of the Excel file that should be opened.

Session Name

Text, Optional - Default "Default"
MARKUP: SESSION="YES"

Specifies the session name to identify this document in subsequent Excel steps. This allows several Excel files to be open simultaneously. If only working with one document at a time, this value should not be changed from it's default.

Workbook is invisible

Yes/No, Optional - Default NO
MARKUP:
a) VISIBLE="no"

When enabled, specifies that when working with the workbook the Microsoft Excel Window will not be displayed (processing will occur in the background). Usually this option should be left unchecked when building/debugging, but enabled for production.

Notes

Custom Description

This action includes the Description tab for entering a custom step description.

More on setting custom step description

Standard Error Handling Options

This action also includes the standard Error Causes and On Error failure handling options/tabs.

More on Error Handling Options

Variables and Expressions

All text fields allow the use of expressions, which can be entered by surrounding the expression in percentage signs (example: %MYVARIABLE%, %Left('Text',2)%). To help construct these expressions, you can open Expression Builder from these fields by pressing F2.

More on variables
More on expressions

More on the expression builder

Example

NOTE: The code below can be copied and pasted directly into the Steps pane of the Task Builder.

<AMEXCELOPENWORKBOOK WORKBOOK="C:\Temp\Book1.xlsx" />

     <AMEXCELSETCELL NEWVALUE="Set this data here" CELLROW="1" CELLCOLUMN="1">

     <AMEXCELSETCELL NEWVALUE="and this here" CELLROW="2" CELLCOLUMN="1">

<AMEXCELCLOSEWORKBOOK>