Excel Sheet Name

Posted on 2003-02-24
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-01
I need to read the sheet name of an excel file using vc++.
Is this possible?
Question by:RobertParkinson
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Expert Comment

ID: 8008651
There are a whole lot of things that you can do with Excel, but they all require that Excel is installed on the end user's machine.  Look in the .tlh files to start learning.  But either way, here's a way that you can get the name of a worksheet in Excel:

#include <iostream>

// In the #include area,
// import the type library information
#import "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\MSO9.DLL" \
  rename("RGB", "OfficeRGB") \
  rename("CopyFile", "OfficeCopyFile") \
  exclude("DocumentProperties") \

#import "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VBA\VBA6\VBE6EXT.OLB"
#import "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\EXCEL9.OLB" \
  rename("DialogBox", "ExcelDialogBox") \
  rename("RGB", "ExcelRGB") \
  rename("CopyFile", "ExcelCopyFile") \

// In your function
int main()
  CoInitialize(NULL); // Initialize COM
    Excel::_ApplicationPtr excel;
    HRESULT hr = excel.CreateInstance(L"Excel.Application"); // Start excel
    Excel::_WorkbookPtr workbook = excel->Workbooks->Open("c:\\Book1.xls"); // Open the workbook
    Excel::_WorksheetPtr worksheet = workbook->Sheets->Item[1l]; // Get the first worksheet
    std::string worksheet_name = static_cast<char *>(worksheet->Name); // Get the worksheet name
    workbook->Close(); // Close the workbook
    excel->Quit(); // Quit Excel
  catch(_com_error &ce)
    // Error occurred
  return 0;

Good luck!

Author Comment

ID: 8009153
thanks mnashadka,
I am having a little trouble converting the string worksheet_name into anything that i can use though.
it won't convert to a CString and i can not use it in an AfxMessageBox to test to see if it is working.
any ideas?


Accepted Solution

mnashadka earned 240 total points
ID: 8009185
I prefer the std::string, which can be converted to a const char * by calling worksheet_name.c_str();  However, you could have just as easily said "CString worksheet_name = " ... since you are converting it to a char *.

Author Comment

ID: 8015463
Thanks mnashadka,
That did the trick!

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