Adding Worksheets to an Excel Workbook

wesley chun wescpy at
Wed Oct 11 21:07:20 CEST 2006

> From: e.h.doxtator at
> Date: Tues, Oct 10 2006 2:08 pm
> I'm a Python newbie, and I'm just getting to the wonders of COM
> programming.

welcome to Python!!  i too, have (recently) been interested in COM
programming, so much so that i added some material on Microsoft Office
(Win32 COM Client) Programming to the 2nd ed of my book, "Core Python
Programming" (see link below).  it's only introductory material, but i
think you may find it useful as i have, and shows you how to create
simple applications for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

in addition to greg's code snippet, here's a snippet based on one from
the book (the code is under a CC license) -- it doesn't add a new
sheet, but does let you grab the "active" one (the one that is tabbed
and facing the user):

# based on excel.pyw in Core Python Programming, 2nd ed

from time import sleep
import win32com.client as win32

def excel():
    xl = win32.gencache.EnsureDispatch('Excel.Application')
    ss = xl.Workbooks.Add() # add a new spreadsheet/workbook
    sh = ss.ActiveSheet  # grab the active sheet of the workbook
    xl.Visible = True        # make Excel show up on the desktop

    sh.Cells(1,1).Value = 'Python-to-Excel Demo'
    for i in range(3, 8):
        sh.Cells(i,1).Value = 'Line %d' % i
    sh.Cells(i+2,1).Value = "Th-th-th-that's all folks!"

    ss.Close(False) # close the workbook and don't save
    xl.Application.Quit() # quit Excel

if __name__=='__main__':

hope this helps!
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python training and technical consulting : silicon valley, ca

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