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When Excel sheet tab names are numbers, read_excel finds those instead of using sheet as position #168

ahcyip opened this Issue May 1, 2016 · 3 comments


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ahcyip commented May 1, 2016

read_excel appears to be defaulting to looking for the sheet name but this causes a problem when sheet names are numbers themselves and I am actually asking Excel to use Sheet= as the position.


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jennybc commented May 21, 2016

Probably related to #80 and #104


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jennybc commented Jan 20, 2017

Can you provide a specific example workbook?

How to provide a readxl reprex

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    reprex(..., si = TRUE)
    will append a standard summary, folded neatly away, at the bottom of your reprex.

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jennybc commented Jan 24, 2017

Until proven otherwise, I regard this as a duplicate of #104.

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