Excel Macro Question

I will try to explain this the best I can from the information a user gave me.

So apparently he has a macro on Excel 2016 that runs which fixes a raw .xlsx file by formatting it to the end users specifications. So to break it down a program outputs a .xlsx in raw format then he opens the raw .xlsx file on his computer and runs the macro to fix the formatting.

The question we have is can we automate this process in task scheduler or something similar to run the macro on the raw .xlsx file on someone's computer or a server? Most likely the user will not have Excel open because this will occur around 5 am when no one is working.

(Program outputs .xlsx  to network drive > user's computer or server runs the automated macro to the format data > end user is able to use the output.)

Thanks for helping!

- Excel 2016
- Windows 10 Pro x64 or Windows Server 2012 R2
ITSysTechSenior Systems AdministratorAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Better convert VBA code to a Visual Studio console app, that way you're sure the scheduled task will run properly.
If you use Excel, maybe security prompts or other user interaction will cause the task to fail.
Máté FarkasDatabase Developer and AdministratorCommented:
Yes, this is possible.
Let's call your macro procedure  Public Sub DoFormattingMarcro then you can call the following command in Task Scheduler:
EXCEL.EXE “YouFileWithMacro.xlsm” /a DoFormattingMarcro

Open in new window


Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
ITSysTechSenior Systems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.