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Re: st: RE: How do I import a macro-enabled Excel worksheet into Stata 12?

From   William Buchanan <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: How do I import a macro-enabled Excel worksheet into Stata 12?
Date   Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:37:29 -0700

A colleague of mine mistakenly saved a data entry template as a macro enabled file (the file contained no macros however) on a few occasions.  In each case I had to alter the file name in order to read it into Stata (running on both Windows and OSX).  If the macros don't affect the data you need from the file I would suggest trying to change the file name and test things that way.  I never had an issue with that, but it may have been due to the files not containing macros in the first place.

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On Jun 28, 2013, at 14:19, "Radwin, David" <> wrote:

> John,
> The manual specifically mentions only .XLS and .XLSX files:
>    import excel loads an Excel file, also known as a workbook, into
> Stata.  import
>    excel filename, describe lists available sheets and ranges of an
> Excel file.
>    export excel saves data in memory to an Excel file.  Excel 1997/2003
> (.xls) files
>    and Excel 2007/2010 (.xlsx) files can be imported, exported, and
> described using
>    import excel, export excel, and import excel, describe.
> So it appears Stata does not support importing .XLSM files. I tried it
> in Stata 12.1 for Windows just to see and it didn't work for me, either.
> David
> --
> David Radwin
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: [mailto:owner-
>>] On Behalf Of John Bensin
>> Sent: Friday, June 28, 2013 1:25 PM
>> To:
>> Subject: st: How do I import a macro-enabled Excel worksheet into
> Stata
>> 12?
>> I have an Excel 2010 worksheet that's saved as a macro-enabled
>> worksheet (.xlsm). When I attempt to import it into Stata 12 with this
>> command:
>> import excel "finances.xlsm", sheet("Budget") firstrow clear
>> it returns an r(603) error of "file finances.xlsm could not be
>> loaded". The documentation describes the error with:
>> "This file, although found, failed to open properly.  This
>> error is unlikely to occur.  You will have to review your
>> operating system's manual to determine why it occurred."
>> Does Stata 12 not support .xlsm files, or is there another problem at
>> work here? I use a fully updated Stata 12 on Windows 7 64-bit, with
>> Excel 2010.
>> John
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