[R] Physically open Excel file from R

Sergey Goriatchev sergeyg at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 14:10:19 CET 2010

Dear Uwe,

Worked as a charm! :-)
Thank you kindly.

Now, after I've run the VBA with shell.exec(), and closed the formater
and the formatted file, I still have Excel shell (=Excel with no files
open) open. Is it possible to close it from R as well?


2010/2/8 Uwe Ligges <ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de>:
> On 08.02.2010 13:48, Sergey Goriatchev wrote:
>> Hello, everyone
>> I wonder if it is possible to PHYSICALLY open an Excel file from R.
>> The reason I ask is, I produce regularly an Excel file in R, and then
>> I want to make it look good, so I have a VBA routine in another Excel
>> file that works on the regular Excel file.
>> This formatting file executes VBA code on open, so all I need to do is
>> physically open it (no reading/writing at all). I wonder if that can
>> be done from R, so that I do as little as possible manually.
> If you are under Windows and Excel is installed properly,
> shell.exec("filename")
> should do the trick.
> Uwe Ligges
>> Thanks in advance for help!
>> Regards,
>> Sergey
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