View Full Version : Applescript can't tell excel to open a workbook

Feb 12, 2009, 04:56 PM
I don't ask questions of forums without spending a great deal of time searching for answers first. But this one seems so easy yet it hasn't worked after hours of searching

I wan excel to open a workbook. I have excel 2004 and OSX

my code is

tell application "Microsoft Excel" to open workbook workbook file name "HD:User:intern:Desktop:learningAS:SL__FORECAST.xls" with read only

the error I get is from excel saying
"SL__FORECAST.xls" cannot be accessed the file may be read-only, or you may be trying to access a read only location. Or the server the document is stored on may not be responding. "

I've tried it with "read only", and without. Tried it with different files that have been local and on a server. I've tried it with excel open and closed. I've tried changing the permissions on the file to be world read-writeable. I've tried all kinds of different syntax modifications among them:

tell application "Microsoft Excel" to open "HD:User:intern:Desktop:learningAS:SL__FORECAST.xls

I keep getting the same error. Does applescript run as some kind of funny user?

thanks in advance,

"Applescript is so easy it's like writing in english" <-- ********

Feb 12, 2009, 09:38 PM
Yeah, I have the same problem with Excel files. Dunno why it does that but there is definitely a problem there (my files are not password protected and they reside on my local drive, and the same thing happens even with a new, blank .xls or .xlsx doc).

But, you can get around it like this, using the UNIX open command:

do shell script "open -a /Applications/Microsoft\\ Office\\ 2008/Microsoft\\ Excel.app ~/Desktop/test.xls"

(Make sure this command is NOT inside your tell block to Excel). Obviously, adjust your paths for the application and file as necessary (or build the path as a string). This should open any doc just as if you double-clicked it in the Finder, and will open the Excel documents that AppleScript won't directly.