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How to use xlsx.extendscript.js

New Here ,
May 08, 2023 May 08, 2023

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Hey i am trying to read from an Excel file and I am using (#include "xlsx.extendscript.js"; ). This not working. I tried using seeing if I could use #include. It says Private identifiers are not allowed outside class bodies.  

 

Need help to know how to correctly use xlsx

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Guru , May 08, 2023 May 08, 2023

I have no idea what xlsx.extendscript.js is, but you can use this function to get data from Excel to InDesign.

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May 08, 2023 May 08, 2023

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I have no idea what xlsx.extendscript.js is, but you can use this function to get data from Excel to InDesign.

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May 09, 2023 May 09, 2023

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Thanks so much, I will try that

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May 09, 2023 May 09, 2023

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Hi @Victor29751988fsbx , Another approach is to temporarily place the excel file and get its contents as a nested array:

 

var xlsf = File.openDialog("Please Choose an Excel file");

alert("Contents of row 2 cell 1: " + getExcelArray(xlsf)[1][0]);


/**
* Coverts an Excel file into a nested array 
* @ param Excel File to place 
* @ returns the Excel table as a nested array 
* 
*/
function getExcelArray(xf){
    var doc = app.activeDocument;	
    var xta = [];
    var temp = doc.pages[0].textFrames.add();
    try {
        temp.place(xf);
        var xtr = temp.parentStory.tables[0].rows.everyItem().getElements();
    }catch(e) {
        temp.remove()
        alert(e)
    }  
    var c; 
    for (var i = 1; i < xtr.length; i++){
        c = xtr[i].cells.everyItem().getElements();
        var ca = [];
        for (var j = 0; j < c.length; j++){
            ca.push(c[j].texts[0].contents)
        };   
        xta.push(ca)
    };   
    temp.remove()
    return xta;
}

 

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May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023

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@rob day -- There's a shortcut to getting a table's content as an array of arrays:

xta = temp.parentStory.tables[0].rows.everyItem().contents;

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May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023

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Hi Peter, I was hoping that would work, but when I try it in my function the array elements are empty—a writeIn for xta returns ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

 

 

function getExcelArray(xf){
    var doc = app.activeDocument;	
    var temp = doc.pages[0].textFrames.add();
    try {
        temp.place(xf);
        var xta = temp.parentStory.tables[0].rows.everyItem().contents; 
        $.writeln(xta)
        //returns ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    }catch(e) {
        temp.remove()
        alert(e)
    }  
    temp.remove()
    return xta;
}

 

 

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Turns out that when the table is exposed it works as expected. Just make the frame very big and enable ignoreWrap to make sure that another frame doesn;t cause overset:

var temp = doc.pages[0].textFrames.add ({
  geometricBounds: [0,0,1000,1000],
  textFramePreferences: {
    ignoreWrap: true,
  },
});

 

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