|Feb 12, 2009, 05:56 PM||#1|
Applescript can't tell excel to open a workbook
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:internesktop: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:internesktop:learningAS:SL__FORECAST.xls
I keep getting the same error. Does applescript run as some kind of funny user?
thanks in advance,
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|Feb 12, 2009, 10:38 PM||#2|
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"
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