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Convert Excel files into other formats
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ExcelConverter ============== In Digital Services, we worked a lot with excel files, but there were times in our workflow when we needed to convert an excel file to a different format. The workflow for doing this consisted of opening the file in excel and using excel to convert the file to tab-delimited. This creates problems though, because when excel converts a file to a different file format, it takes any character within a cell that can be used as a delimiter (things like commas and quotations) andtreats those characters as delimiters, so everything in those cells gets put into quotations. It also puts quotations around cells that contain any sort of diacritic. What you get is a file full of un-wanted quotations mixed in with the good quotations. There is no easy workaround for this, so we would then have to open the converted file in Notepad ++, and use Notepad to delete all quotation marks. Finally, we would go back and add the quotations that were supposed to be in the file. This process was time consuming and left a lot of room for human error. So I decided to create a script that makes this process efficient and removes the possibility of error. What I came up with was Excel Converter. Excel Converter allows a user to convert any excel file to either a tab-delimited, unicode tab-delimited, comma-separated-values, or xml file. In our workflow, we mainly used the unicode tab-delimited option. That option also parses and removes only the unwanted quotes added by the Excel export. All of the *good* quotes within a cell are retained. Now looking under the hood, the script utilizes XlFileFormat Enumeration, which is a numerical value Microsoft uses to specify file type. For example, excel sees the number -4158 as a tab-delimited file. Knowing these values makes it easy to convert excel files to other file types. It would be easy to add more file types in the future as well.