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C# - Retrieve Excel Workbook Sheet Names.

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This article provides a way to retrieve the worksheet names of an Excel Workbook. This can be used to query a workbook using ADO.NET if you do not know the names of the worksheets.


There are many examples using ADO.NET to query an Excel Workbook but they all have a limitation, you must know the worksheet name. This might work if you know the name of the worksheet, but what if you don't? If your program is dynamic and your sheet names differ for each Excel workbook, you need a way to extract the names of the sheets. The code example provides you with a way to retrieve the work sheet names.

The following method returns a string array containing the names of the sheets. The method also shows how to loop through the array. The method has one input parameter excelFile which is the location of the Excel file.

Code Example

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Kenny Young
United States United States
Ken currently works as the Director of Software Engineering at the Pediatrics Epidemiology Center at the University of South Florida. He is involved in the architecture and design on numerous clinical trial projects. Some of the project include:

1. Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network
2. TrialNet - Diabetes
3. Teddy - Diabetes
4. CCOP - Cancer
5. AIDA - Diabetes

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Generalaccess to excel Pin
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GeneralC# - Inserting Rows in Excel WorkSheet Pin
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GeneralRe: C# - Inserting Rows in Excel WorkSheet Pin
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GeneralPassword Protected Pin
RedDogEdward5-Dec-06 1:51
memberRedDogEdward5-Dec-06 1:51 
If the excel file has protection, it cant be accessed.. even with

"provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0; data source=" + fileName + "; password=xyz; Extended Properties=Excel 8.0;"

Not much help out there for this specifically, you could be the first!

thanks in advance..
GeneralDoesn't seem to work with Excel 5.0 files. Pin
tolsen649-Feb-06 12:37
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GeneralAdd Worksheet Pin
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QuestionA Better Way??? Pin
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GeneralExcel Sheets Pin
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GeneralGood Work Pin
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Generalgood tip Pin
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QuestionHidden Sheets? Pin
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