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C# - Retrieve Excel Workbook Sheet Names.

, 25 Aug 2004
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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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cilker18-Jun-12 10:09
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I have encountered a problem with this method of retrieving the sheet names. The code looks very fine and it also works but there seem to be pathological sheet names that lead to false returned name strings by this db-connection method, namely, if your sheet name contains a dot (e.g. Release 7.2) then the returned string has replaced the dot with a # (e.g. Release 7#2). When your sheet has names containing # then they are not replaced with another character so you cannot distinguish between replaced dots or with correct named sheets. I also encountered that my first sheet with the name Release 7.2 was returned with an invisible backslash behind the $ character whereas the second sheet only had the $ character, so when I stripped the strings of their last character then the second sheet was without the $ character but the first sheet was with $ character because deleting the last character deleted the backslash character. You should try it out to acknowledge my findings, i.e. give a name sheet 1.3 and the second sheet 1#3 and you should get indistiguishable strings with # in the name. Perhaps the string of the first returned string also contains an invisible backslash as with the name of my first sheet string.
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