ADO OpenSchema with Excel and Duplicate table names

Posted on 2003-03-25
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I'm currently using ado to get the list of worksheets in a workbook and populating it in a listbox.

The code is as follows:

Dim cn as Connection
Dim rs as RecordSet

   Set cn = New ADODB.Connection
   cn.Open "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=C:\MyFile.XLS" & _
                   & ";Extended Properties=Excel 8.0"
   Set rs = cn.OpenSchema(adSchemaTables, Array(Empty,Empty, Empty, "Table"))


   While Not rs.EOF
       List1.AddItem rs.fields("TABLE_NAME").Value
   Set rs = Nothing
   Set cn = Nothing

The problem is that with some excel books i something like the following results:


I looked at the workbook itself and these sheets are only in there once so my questions are as follows:

1)  How do I only retrieve the list of actual worksheets in a workbook?

2)  Where are the duplicate sheet names coming from?  What caused this?

I know that I can of course that I can check to see if the sheet name exists before adding it to the list, but I just sort of curious as to what is going on.
Question by:leavinmate
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Expert Comment

ID: 8204415
Its not using ADO but here is a way to get list of all the sheets in a list box.

Refernece the Excel Library

Dim AppExcel As Excel.Application
Dim wSheet As Worksheet
Set AppExcel = CreateObject("Excel.Application")
AppExcel.Visible = False
'Open file
Workbooks.Open FileName:= "C:\Myfile.xls"

For Each wSheet In ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets
   List1.AddItem wSheet.Name

Set wSheet = Nothing
Set AppExcel = Nothing

B)  I am not sure on this but they aren't duplicte sheets, what your code is doing is getting a list of all table names in Workbook.   Excel has hidden stuff that it stores besides what you can see.  
Like when I ran your code I have Sheet1$
So all my Print_Area information is stored under that table name.

Author Comment

ID: 8204510
And is there any way to query via ADO to not show this extra stuff?  I would think that you would be able to exclude these.

Also, what exactly is the extra stuff?  Is there any documentation on this somewhere?

I don't want to use the Excel object as I can't guarantee that every machine that this app will run  on will have Excel installed.  (And I don't want to create an installation package for this small utility.)


Accepted Solution

YeaYuh earned 140 total points
ID: 8209769
You can just put in some checking, I have been messing around with just getting the sheets and I don't think there is a way to get them with out the others.

As far as I can figure out is its a way to reference stuff in Excel, but I haven't really found any information about it on the web.

Dim cn As Connection
Dim rs As Recordset
Dim dollarInt As Long
Dim lengthInt As Long
  Set cn = New ADODB.Connection
  cn.Open "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=C:\MyFile.xls;Extended Properties=Excel 8.0"
  Set rs = cn.OpenSchema(adSchemaTables, Array(Empty, Empty, Empty, "Table"))

  While Not rs.EOF
      dollarInt = InStr(rs.Fields("TABLE_NAME").Value, "$")
      lengthInt = Len(rs.Fields("TABLE_NAME").Value)
      If (dollarInt + 1) = lengthInt Then
         List1.AddItem rs.Fields("TABLE_NAME").Value
      End If
  Set rs = Nothing
  Set cn = Nothing

Author Comment

ID: 8215088
Thanks YeaYuh.  That's pretty much what I wound up doing....except I using the following check:

While Not rs.EOF
  If Right$(rs.Fields("TABLE_NAME").Value, 1) = "$" Then
     List1.Additem rs.Fields("TABLE_NAME").Value
  End If

I gave you the points though.

Thanks for the assistance.

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