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Running Excel within browser

msmolyak
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Is it possible ro run an MS Excell application from within some web browser? If it is, how? Can you connect to an ODBC data source from such an Excel application?
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If you use MS IE3.x and create a link to your Excel file it will open it in Excel within Internet Explorer, but only if you have Excel installed. If you do not it will prompt you to either download the file or select a viewer for it.

The drawback of using this is that if the Excel file has any macros in it you will get the macro warning before opening it (Excel 97), once it is open macros etc will run as if they were just in a normal instance of Excel.

It will even open an Excel file into a target window in a frame!
If you do not want the column and row titles, grid lines etc. visible you need to switch them off in the Excel file.
Hope that answers it all - if not let me know

mtech

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Thanks for an answer. I tried what you suggested. All the browser did was to invoke Excel application and load the spreadsheet.

I did that localy. Can the same be done accros the Internet (that is instead of file:// can I use http://? 

Another problem is that if data get pulled into the spreadsheet from the external ODBC source (residing onthe server side), how the user is going to load that data on the client side (if the user does not the appropriate ODBC driver).

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I assume you are using MS IE3.x and MS Office 97.

If you are when you link to an Excel file it will pull it into the current window in IE3.x and add an additional button to the top bar called tools (this will display all the Excel toolbars and menu options). Excel does not show as an open application because it is open within IE3.x.

The ODBC driver may be more of a problem - what is the external ODBC source? I will look into that one.
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