Posts Tagged ‘Excel’

Vizubi Excel

March 29th, 2012 admin No comments

Just came across a promising add-in for Excel.
Its called Vizubi Excel and is part of a larger Development / Data platform
You can use it to load data from QVD’s ( Qlikview data [blob] files )
The beauty is the Add-In for Excel is free … but only available in a 32 bit version

So no I need to set-up a 32 bit installation and go back in time to test this…

Does anybody have any experience with Vizubi please let me know…



Categories: Excel, Qlikview Tags: ,

Random results after PivotTable refresh.

March 8th, 2012 admin No comments

A funny thing happend to me lately…

A user (manager) came to me with a PivotTable his predecessor created that produced random results after refreshing.
The PivotTable was based on a PivotCache connected to a query on a SQL Server.
When the query was run in Management Studio it was complaining about a conversion and returned a error.
This query didn’t produce a error in excel but just returned the records upuntil the error.
As the query wasn’t sorted the number of records returned to excel was random as so the results in the PivotTable.

If after the first refresh the data was almost complete nobody would have noticed the corrupt results

Hope I this helps anybody having the same issue….

p.s. Self Service BI is not for everybody …

Categories: Excel, Pivot table, SQL Tags: , ,

Combine csv’s into one Workbook

February 2nd, 2012 admin No comments

Lately I was looking into the issue of combining all csv files in a folder into a single workbook.
One could do this in vba but it needed to be a scheduled overnight process.
As I recently discovered PowerShell I decided to give it a fair chance.

This is the script I came up with and to be fair it works like a charm.
Some minor tweaks need to be done but I couldn’t resist the post because it has been a while.

$files = get-childitem 'D:\Data\'

$datafiles = $files | where {$_.extension -eq ".csv"}

$Excel = New-Object -Com Excel.Application

$Excel.ScreenUpdating = $false
$Excel.DisplayAlerts = $false

$WorkBook = $Excel.Workbooks.Open('D:\Data\'+$datafiles[0].name)

$mv = [System.Reflection.Missing]::Value

for ($index = 1; $index -lt $datafiles.Count; $index++)
 $WorkSheet = $WorkBook.Sheets.Add($mv,$mv,$mv,'D:\Data\'+$datafiles[$index].name)

$Excel.Visible = $True
$Excel.DisplayAlerts = $True
$Excel.ScreenUpdating = $True
Categories: CSV, Excel, PowerShell Tags: , ,

Evaluate Math functions

October 14th, 2011 admin No comments

I got a question about math functions in excel from a guy

He needed to parse a function like (3^[x1])+([x2]^2)+[x1]+[x3]+3*[x4] into a function
And needed to parse the values for the variables via a range.

I thought I would spread the wealth and share my code with the world….


 'Set reference to: Microsoft Scripting Runtime

Public Function EVAL(sFormula As String, rVarValues As Range)

    Dim tmpDict As Dictionary
    Dim Cell As Range
    Dim i As Long

    Set tmpDict = VariableDictionary(sFormula, "[", "]")

    i = 0

    For Each Cell In rVarValues

        sFormula = Replace(sFormula, tmpDict.Items(i), Cell.Value): i = i + 1

    Next tmpCell

    Set tmpDict = Nothing

    EVAL = EVALUATE(sFormula)

End Function

Private Function VariableDictionary(sString, sStart, sEnd) As Dictionary

    Dim tmpDict As Dictionary
    Dim strTemp As String
    Dim i As Long

    strTemp = ""

    Set tmpDict = New Dictionary

    On Error Resume Next

    For i = 1 To Len(sString)

        If Mid(sString, i, 1) = sStart Then strTemp = ""

        strTemp = strTemp & Mid(sString, i, 1)

        If Mid(sString, i, 1) = sEnd Then tmpDict.Add strTemp, strTemp

    Next i

    On Error GoTo 0

    Set VariableDictionary = tmpDict

    Set tmpDict = Nothing

End Function
Categories: Excel, Formulas, Math, VBA Tags: , , ,

DAX QuerieTables in Excel via VBA

September 16th, 2011 admin No comments

I came upon the this great article DAX Table Queries in Excel from Gobán Saor.
This got me thinking about automating this via VBA.
The first try immediatly led to this macro

Sub Create_QT_Test()

    Dim qtTable As QueryTable
    Dim sConn As String
    Dim sMDX As String
    Dim ws As Worksheet

    sConn = "OLEDB;Provider=MSOLAP.5;" & _
            "Persist Security Info=True;" & _
            "Initial Catalog=Microsoft_SQLServer_AnalysisServices;" & _
            "Data Source=$Embedded$;" & _
            "MDX Compatibility=1;" & _
            "Safety Options=2;" & _
            "MDX Missing Member Mode=Error;" & _
            "Optimize Response=3;" & _
            "Cell Error Mode=TextValue"

    sMDX = "DRILLTHROUGH SELECT FROM [Model] WHERE ([Measures].[Sum of trades])"

    Set ws = ActiveSheet

    Set qtTable = ws.ListObjects.Add(3, sConn, Destination:=Range("B2")).QueryTable

    With qtTable

        .CommandText = sMDX
        .CommandType = xlCmdDefault

    End With

End Sub

I’m going to work on this futher and post better and more code…



Categories: Denali, Excel, MDX, PowerPivot, VBA Tags: , , ,

Shrinking Excel 2010/2007 Files by about 25%

September 9th, 2011 admin No comments

We know the compression technology Excel uses to create and save the files is not optimum.
So after reading a post on BaconBits about it, I thought I would write a macro who creates (small) copies of selected excel files.
The files I produced were all around 25% smaller than the originals.
Worth the effort I would say….

Bare in mind if you save the created files they will grow again….

you can download a sample workbook here Shrink Excel Files

Sub ShrinkExcelFiles()

    Dim Fname
    Dim i As Long
    Dim sFileFolder As String

    Fname = Application.GetOpenFilename(filefilter:="Excel (*.xls*), *.xls*", _
            MultiSelect:=True, Title:="Select the Excel files you want to shrink")  

    If IsArray(Fname) = False Then

       For i = LBound(Fname) To UBound(Fname)

           sUnzipFolder = Left(Fname(i), InStrRev(Fname(i), "\")) & "unzip\"
           ShrinkXlsX Fname(i), sUnzipFolder

       Next i

    End If

End Sub
Sub ShrinkXlsX(sFileName, sTempFolder)

    Dim objApp As Object
    Dim vFileName As Variant
    Dim sFileExtension As String
    Dim i As Long

    sFileExtension = Right(sFileName, Len(sFileName) - InStrRev(sFileName, "."))

    Name sFileName As sFileName & ".zip"

    CreateFolder sTempFolder

    Set oApp = CreateObject("Shell.Application")

    For Each ItemInZip In oApp.Namespace(sFileName & ".zip").items

        oApp.Namespace(sTempFolder).CopyHere (ItemInZip)


    Open sFileName & "" For Output As #1
    Print #1, Chr$(80) & Chr$(75) & Chr$(5) & Chr$(6) & String(18, 0)
    Close #1

    i = 1

    For Each ItemInFolder In oApp.Namespace(sTempFolder).items

        oApp.Namespace(sFileName & "").CopyHere (ItemInFolder)

        Do Until oApp.Namespace(sFileName & "").items.Count = i

            Application.Wait (Now + TimeValue("0:00:01"))


        i = i + 1


    Name sFileName & "" As sFileName & "_Small." & sFileExtension
    Name sFileName & ".zip" As sFileName

    DeleteFolder sTempFolder

End Sub
Sub DeleteFolder(MyPath)

    Dim FSO As Object

    Set FSO = CreateObject("scripting.filesystemobject")

    If Right(MyPath, 1) = "\" Then MyPath = Left(MyPath, Len(MyPath) - 1)

    If FSO.FolderExists(MyPath) = False Then Exit Sub

    FSO.DeleteFolder MyPath

End Sub

Sub CreateFolder(MyPath)

    Dim FSO As Object

    Set FSO = CreateObject("scripting.filesystemobject")

    If Right(MyPath, 1) = "\" Then MyPath = Left(MyPath, Len(MyPath) - 1)

    If FSO.FolderExists(MyPath) = True Then DeleteFolder MyPath

    FSO.CreateFolder MyPath

End Sub
Categories: Excel, VBA Tags: ,

Average and Standard Deviation without outliers in Excel

September 2nd, 2011 admin No comments

Sometimes you need the average and standard deviation of a dataset without a certain amount of outliers.

For example you want the average or standard deviation without the top 2.5% datapoints



If you want the average without the top 10 and bottom 10 datapoints this would be your solution


happy averaging or standard deviating

Categories: Excel, Formulas Tags: ,

Unprotect Sheet in Excel

August 30th, 2011 admin No comments

I’m back from my holiday in the land of no internet and cellphone coverage.
The up side was ( or one of the up sides ) I had time finally post this piece of code to unprotect a sheet with a forgotten password.
The nice thing is you can protect the sheet with the found password and the old password still works …. lol

Sub PasswordBreaker()

   Dim i0 As Integer, i1 As Integer, i2 As Integer, i3 As Integer
   Dim i4 As Integer, i5 As Integer, i6 As Integer, i7 As Integer
   Dim i8 As Integer, i9 As Integer, m1 As Integer, m2 As Integer

   Dim sPassword As String

   On Error Resume Next

   For i0 = 65 To 66: For i1 = 65 To 66: For i2 = 65 To 66: For i3 = 65 To 66
   For i4 = 65 To 66: For i5 = 65 To 66: For i6 = 65 To 66: For i7 = 65 To 66
   For i8 = 65 To 66: For i9 = 65 To 66: For m1 = 65 To 66: For m2 = 32 To 126

   sPassword = ""
   sPassword = sPassword & Chr(i0) & Chr(i1) & Chr(i2) & Chr(i3) & Chr(i4) & Chr(i5)
   sPassword = sPassword & Chr(i6) & Chr(i7) & Chr(i8) & Chr(i9) & Chr(m1) & Chr(m2)

   ActiveSheet.Unprotect sPassword

   Application.StatusBar = False

   If ActiveSheet.ProtectContents = False Then

      MsgBox "Password used to unprotect this sheet is: " & sPassword

      Exit Sub

   End If

   Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next

End Sub


Categories: Excel, VBA Tags: ,

Excel 2010 Ctrl combination shortcut keys

July 20th, 2011 admin No comments


Found this great pdf with Excel 2010 Ctrl combination shortcut keys.


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Strange VBA Code

July 15th, 2011 admin No comments


I recently came upon some vba code in a workbook from the Hong Kong branch.
There were a lot of construction in there like:

Range(ThisWorkbook.Names("RANGE_NAME").RefersTo).Cells(1, 1).Value

Does anybody know why someone would code like this….?


Categories: Excel, VBA Tags: ,