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The first example shows how to convert a single worksheet within an Excel file to the most popular form of a file, a comma delimited file as well as a Tab Delimited File (TSV). It can be easily modified to convert from an Excel file to any character delimited CSV file. Also in the first example we’ll show how to specify a specific range of cells within a sheet(s) to convert.
The second example shows how to convert multiple sheets within a single Excel file. Creating a single and multi-file output is illustrated.
The third and final example shows how to convert one or more sheets within many Excel files within a folder (and subfolders).
Each switch shown in blue is described in detail below the examples. It is highly recommended you review each switches description before implementing the example, thereby giving you the full power of ‘Convert XLS’.
Although not shown in the examples below, the /H switch could have been added to include values in addition to formulas when converting the Excel file.
Example 1 (Single Sheet Conversion)
To convert a single XLS file, C:\in\B.XLS (Sheet named "LastSheet") to a comma delimited CSV file, C:\out\B.CSV using MS Excel conversion method, the following syntax would be used:
ConvertXLS.EXE /S"C:\in\B.XLS" /F-4143 /N"LastSheet" /T"C:\out\B.CSV" /C6 /M1 /V
To do the same using the 'Convert XLS' conversion method (extremely fast and MS Excel not required) simply change the /M1 switch to /M2 as shown below:
ConvertXLS.EXE /S"C:\in\B.XLS" /F-4143 /N"LastSheet" /T"C:\out\B.CSV" /C6 /M2 /V
If you want a tab (ASCII 9) delimited file instead of a comma delimited file simply adjust the /N switch:
ConvertXLS.EXE /S"C:\in\B.XLS" /F-4143 /N"LastSheet^^9" /T"C:\out\B.CSV" /C6 /M2 /V
Change the 9 (tab character) in the example above to any character you want. Look at the ASCII Chart for numeric character equivalents.
Building on the last example, say you want to specify a range, say A1:B10 within a sheet to convert. No problem, simply modify the /N switch as shown below:
ConvertXLS.EXE /S"C:\in\B.XLS" /F-4143 /N"LastSheet^A1:B10^9" /T"C:\out\B.CSV" /C6 /M2 /V
Specifying ranges can be very powerful. For example if you want to only extract column N you can use “N:N” for the range.
Example 2 (Multiple Sheet Conversion)
In example 1 we saw how the /N switch is used to specify the sheet/range to convert and what delimitation character to use in the character separated CSV file. Here we build upon that and show how to specify more than one sheet to convert.
To convert a single XLS file, C:\in\B.XLS (Sheets named "LastSheet","FirstSheet", and "MidSheet") to one CSV file, C:\Out\B.CSV, the following syntax would be used:
ConvertXLS.EXE /S"C:\in\B.XLS" /F-4143 /N"FirstSheet,LastSheet,MidSheet" /T"C:\Out\B.CSV" /C6 /M2 /V
After completion of this example the following file will be created containing all the data of the 3 sheets specified:
To create several output files you can add the /U switch like so:
ConvertXLS.EXE /S"C:\in\B.XLS" /F-4143 /N"FirstSheet,LastSheet,MidSheet" /T"C:\Out\B.CSV" /C6 /M2 /U /V
After completion the output would be several files:
If FirstSheet, MidSheet, and LastSheet were indexed 1,2 and 4 respectively, the same results can be attained by setting /N To /N"1-2,4".
Example 3 (Multiple File/Folder Conversion)
Say you wanted to convert the 2nd sheet (/N"2") regardless of what the sheet name might be, of all the XLS files within the “C:\in\” folder and subfolders (/R for recursive subfolders). To do this the syntax would be:
ConvertXLS.EXE /S"C:\in\*.XLS" /F-4143 /N"2" /T"C:\out\*.CSV" /C6 /M2 /R /V
The example above can be modified to have the resulting files placed in the same folder as the original files. By specifying the /G switch and removing the /T switch as shown below:
ConvertXLS.EXE /S"C:\in\*.XLS" /F-4143 /N"2" /G /C6 /M2 /R /V
In the last two examples, you can also use the /M1 switch to specify the ‘MS Excel’ conversion method.
Sheet: Only used when an Excel file is the original file. Use "*" or "" for all sheets. You can use names of sheets, or the numeric index. If using numeric indices, you can specify ranges of sheets (i.e. "1,4,10-20" and "4-10,9" etc.). Range and DelimChar are optional.
Range: You could optionally specify a range, say if you only wanted to convert a portion of the input file. Use the same syntax as an Excel range (e.g. A1:B10).
DelimChar: is for specifying the ASCII value of the delimitation character used in a CSV file. 44 for comma, 124 for Bar “|”, 9 for the tab etc.
FixedWidth: Here you can specify how to import/export a fixed width text file. Not used in this example.
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