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Delete Junk First Row When Importing Linked Table

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I have a linked table that is being imported from Excel, with the data being exported from a source I cannot control. The incoming table contains a heading in row 1 that only has text in the first cell followed by blank cells, with the column names in row 2. I am currently manually deleting this first row before importing/linking the table, but I need to set it up so that others can use it without having to go through this manual step. I would like to set up some code (VBA) to do it automatically. This would entail:

1) Determine if the first row contains column names or junk. ie: Check if the first row, first cell (A1) starts with either "Curriculum " or "Title" (because if it starts with "Title" the junk row has already been deleted); or: check if cells B1, C1, D1, etc are blank (indicating a junk row).

2) If the first row is indeed junk, delete it.

Ideally, this code would be integrated with the linked table update, so that the table is 'cleaned' as it's imported. Whether this happens in the update process or immediately after doesn't matter to me, as long as it is only being done when the table is being linked/imported.
Jan 3 '12
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Two ideas spring to mind Joel :
  1. Your line #26 is still not getting hold of the Excel application in the way suggested.
  2. It seems you do set the xlApp object to nothing (A point I would otherwise have made as this can keep the application alive), but the order of the lines that clear down the objects should be reversed from that of assignment generally. I would expect to see lines #37 to #39 as :
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    1.     xlApp.Quit
    2.     Set xlWB = Nothing
    3.     Set xlApp = Nothing
    I doubt this will make much of a difference but it may be confusing things.

As for the opening code, I would expect something like :
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  1. Set xlApp = GetObject(PATH_TO_SPREADSHEET, "Excel.Application")
  2. Set xlWB = xlApp.ActiveWorkbook
This would replace lines #26 through #29 (An automated application object is returned in a hidden state anyway by default).
Jan 19 '12 #11
Joel Marion
22 New Member
Reversing the order of lines #37 to 39 didn't seem to change anything (excel still stayed open in the background), but properly addressing my variable on line #29 ("Set xlWB = xlApp.Workbooks."... instead of "Excel.Applicati on.Workbooks."...) successfully resulted in closing excel. I tested the line #37 to 39 order again (both ways) after changing line #29, and there appeared to be no difference.

NeoPa: When I tried this:
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  1.     Set xlApp = GetObject(PATH_TO_SPREADSHEET, "Excel.Application")
  2.     Set xlWB = xlApp.ActiveWorkbook
I received a "File name or class name not found during automation operation" error, and the excel automation did not successfully execute (the 'bad' row was not deleted).

Reverting back to the following seemed to fix it:
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  1. Set xlApp = New Excel.Application
  2. Set xlWB = xlApp.Workbooks.Open(PATH_TO_SPREADSHEET, , False)
I think the biggest issue was that I was not consistently addressing my variable ("xlApp").

Here is what I've ended up with:
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  1. Private Sub importTable_Click()
  2. On Error GoTo Err_importTable_Click
  3. Hourglass = True
  4. '*********************** USER DEFINED ***********************
  6. Const conTABLE_NAME As String = "CVReport"
  7. '************************************************************
  9. Dim MyDB As DAO.Database
  10. Dim rst As DAO.Recordset
  11. Dim tdf As DAO.TableDef
  12. Dim cleanExcel As Long
  13. Dim objExcel As Object
  14. Dim Message
  16. ' identify the spreadsheet to be imported and
  17. ' put the filename and path in the fileName field
  18. Me!fileName = LaunchCD(Me)
  20. 'Set the path to the spreadsheet
  21. PATH_TO_SPREADSHEET = Me!fileName
  23. '************************************************************
  24. ' check for bad header in Excel, fix if necessary
  26. Dim xlApp As Excel.Application
  27. Dim xlWB As Excel.Workbook
  28. Set xlApp = New Excel.Application
  29. Set xlWB = xlApp.Workbooks.Open(PATH_TO_SPREADSHEET, , False)
  31. '  If the first row is not headers (B2 is blank), delete it
  32. With xlApp
  33. If xlApp.Workbooks(1).Worksheets(1).Cells(1, 2).Value = "" Then
  34.     xlApp.Workbooks(1).Worksheets(1).Rows(1).EntireRow.Delete
  35.     xlApp.ActiveWorkbook.Close SaveChanges:=True
  36. End If
  37. End With
  39. '  Close Excel and reset variables to nothing
  40.     xlApp.Quit
  41.     Set xlWB = Nothing
  42.     Set xlApp = Nothing
  44. '************************************************************
  46. 'See if the Imported Table already exists, if so DELETE it
  47. For Each tdf In CurrentDb.TableDefs
  48.   If tdf.Name = conTABLE_NAME Then
  49.     CurrentDb.TableDefs.Delete conTABLE_NAME
  50.       Exit For
  51.   End If
  52. Next
  54. Set MyDB = CurrentDb
  56. 'Import the Table, note "true" to read row 1 headers
  57.   DoCmd.TransferSpreadsheet acImport, acSpreadsheetTypeExcel9, conTABLE_NAME, _
  58.                             PATH_TO_SPREADSHEET, True
  60. Exit_importTable_Click:
  61. Hourglass = False
  62.     Exit Sub
  64. Err_importTable_Click:
  65.     MsgBox Err.Description
  66.     Resume Exit_importTable_Click
  68. End Sub
Thank you NeoPa and ADezii for your great help on this!
Jan 20 '12 #12
32,584 Recognized Expert Moderator MVP
I think the biggest issue was that I was not consistently addressing my variable ("xlApp").
I'd certainly agree on that one. I might do some testing on the other code that didn't work for you. I find the idea of simply creating an Excel.Applicati on object using the New keyword somewhat suspicious. If it's as simple as that I'm curious as to why the recommended approach is to use the CreateObject() call (or in other circumstances the GetObject() call). These recommendations come from MS documentation originally. I didn't create the article completely from my own experience. Anyway, I'll do some exploring and see what I find.
Jan 20 '12 #13

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