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how to Imorting excel file with unknown sheet names.

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how to Imorting excel file with unknown sheet names.

I want to import excel file in SAS but sheet count and name is going to change. I need a macro which can take sheet name automatically from excel file and create a dataset.Excel file can have one or more sheets  .If file have multiple sheets it should append all data of all sheets and create one dataset.

 

Any answer will be much appreciated.

 

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Tarun Chitkara


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‎05-18-2016 12:26 AM
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Re: how to Imorting excel file with unknown sheet names.

Are your files well structured? If not, one issue your going to run into very quickly is mismatched types. A field in one sheet will get imported as a character and numeric in another, preventing you from simply appending all the files together. 

 

What do you feel a macro or proc import does that my solution doesn't? All of the methods will have the issue mentioned above. 

 

 

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Re: how to Imorting excel file with unknown sheet names.

Can you access an Excel file via a libname? If so you can use proc datasets to copy all the sheets over.

Maybe this can help get you started.

 

libname xlib excel 'path to excel file.xlsx';

proc datasets library=work;
copy in=xlib out=work;
run;quit;
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Re: how to Imorting excel file with unknown sheet names.

Thank you Rezza for your reply .I will try this option but If use know any macro or using proc import procedure then please let me know.In my framework I am reading one by one file so proc import will be more useful .
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Re: how to Imorting excel file with unknown sheet names.

If you want to use PROC IMPORT you would still need to use a LIBNAME with the EXCEL option to get the sheet names that IMPORT requires. Using @Reeza's solution is a lot easier.

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‎05-18-2016 12:26 AM
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Re: how to Imorting excel file with unknown sheet names.

Are your files well structured? If not, one issue your going to run into very quickly is mismatched types. A field in one sheet will get imported as a character and numeric in another, preventing you from simply appending all the files together. 

 

What do you feel a macro or proc import does that my solution doesn't? All of the methods will have the issue mentioned above. 

 

 

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Re: how to Imorting excel file with unknown sheet names.

Thank you Reeza your solution works.
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Re: how to Imorting excel file with unknown sheet names.

Once you successfully assign a libname to that excel file . You can check Sheet name via dictionary.

 

libname xx xlsx '/folders/myfolders/test1.xlsx' ;

proc sql;
select * from dictionary.members where libname='XX';
quit;
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Re: how to Imorting excel file with unknown sheet names.

Thak you Ksharp
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