excel.link: excel.link: convenient data exchange with Microsoft Excel

Description Transferring data Live connection See Also


The excel.link package mainly consists of two rather independent parts: one is for transferring data/graphics to running instance of Excel, another part - work with data table in Excel in similar way as with usual data.frame.

Transferring data

Package provided family of objects: xl, xlc, xlr and xlrc. You don't need to initialize these objects or to do any other preliminary actions. Just after execution library(excel.link) you can transfer data to Excel active sheet by simple assignment, for example: xlrc[a1] = iris. In this notation 'iris' dataset will be written with column and row names. If you doesn't need column/row names just remove 'r'/'c' letters (xlc[a1] = iris - with column names but without row names). To read Excel data just type something like this: xl[a1:b5]. You will get data.frame with values from range a1:a5 without column and row names. It is possible to use named ranges (e. g. xl[MyNamedRange]). To transfer graphics use xl[a1] = current.graphics(). You can make active binding to Excel range:

  xl_iris %=crc% a1 # bind variable to current region around cell A1 on Excel active sheet
  xl_iris = iris # put iris data set 
  identical(xl_iris$Sepal.Width, iris$Sepal.Width)
  xl_iris$test = "Hello, world!" # add new column on Excel sheet
  xl_iris = within(xl_iris, {
     new_col = Sepal.Width * Sepal.Length # add new column on Excel sheet

Live connection

For example we put iris datasset to Excel sheet: xlc[a1] = iris. After that we connect Excel range with R object: xl_iris = xl.connect.table("a1",row.names = FALSE, col.names = TRUE). So we can:

Live connection is faster than active binding to range but is less universal (for example, you can't use within statement with it).

See Also

xl, current.graphics, xl.connect.table

excel.link documentation built on Nov. 2, 2021, 9:12 a.m.