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Tourmaline | Level 20

This post easily earns the price for the tersest question!


Using a libname statement with the xlsx engine allows you to push data into an existing file.


%* Create sample excel file;
proc export data=SASHELP.CLASS(obs=2) dbms=xlsx outfile="%sysfunc(pathname(WORK))\class.xlsx" replace;run;

%* Print contents;
libname XL xlsx "%sysfunc(pathname(WORK))\class.xlsx";
proc print data=XL.CLASS; run;

%* Update and print contents;
data XL.CLASS; set SASHELP.CLASS(obs=3); run;
proc print data=XL.CLASS; run;

Obs Name Sex Age Height Weight
1 Alfred M 14 69 112.5
2 Alice F 13 56.5 84


Obs Name Sex Age Height Weight
1 Alfred M 14 69 112.5
2 Alice F 13 56.5 84
3 Barbara F 13 65.3 98



One approach that works well is to use the SAS Add-in to MS Office. You set a data sheet that is simply a copy of a SAS dataset. When you want to update it you just use the SAS tab on the Excel menu and do a Data Refresh.


The next step is you run an Excel macro (I'm assuming competence in this area, something I lack) which reads the data sheet and then populates your pre-formatted sheet exactly how you want it.


The advantage of this method is it is simple, the disadvantage is it requires manual steps.


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