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Quick Graphing via Excel [ID:621] (4/6)

in series: COM and Python with pyWin32

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Would you like to output some numbers in Python and see them graphed in Excel? This is really easy to do if we have an Excel XLS sheet already setup with a graph object.

NOTE - I mention SaveAs, I show this in the next episode

# get a new app
from win32com.client import Dispatch
xlApp = Dispatch("Excel.Application")

# show excel

# create an XLS file
# using sheet1, select a1-a4, select Chart|Area, Next, Next, Finish

# load a pre-created excel sheet
sheet_file_name = r"C:\pyWin32_tutorial\chart1.xls"
xlBook = xlApp.Workbooks.Open(sheet_file_name)

xlSheet = xlBook.Sheets(1)
xlSheet.Name = "My Chart"
xlSheet.Cells(1,1).Value="My Chart"

# print some or all of the book

# close this workbook without saving it
#del xlApp

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These are wonderful videos. Thank you.

I have started to use excel as the output of data computed via python. I really appreciated these lessons as they are easy to follow. Please make more of them if possible.

Interested in knowing how to simulate the fancy stuff that excel files allow users to executing stuff from exel's menus (sort, insert picture...).

Thank you again.

Hi Shadowdog. In theory you can create the chart in code, you'll need to learn more about Microsoft's API to do that. I imagine that the API code is available on line, it is free with MS VC++ (at least - it was when I last wrote C++ a few years back).


Review of Quick Graphing via Excel

you created the chart manually? can this be done in code?

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