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Dynamically Update Reporting from Excel Spreadsheets

Alteryx Alumni (Retired)

When you’re frequently writing and rewriting data to Excel spreadsheets that you use for Excel graphs and charts, it can quickly become a hassle to make and remake your reporting objects to keep them up-to-date so you’re visualizing the most recent data. A best practice to keep the hassle out of the process exists, though! If you keep your plots isolated to their own spreadsheet, referencing cell values in another sheet used to capture your data, you can simply overwrite the source data sheet and your plots will update automatically upon launching Excel. In the example below (attached in the v10.6 workflow Dynamically Update Reporting from Excel Spreadsheets.yxzp) we’ve included the workaround to make your Excel outputs seamless:

Step 1: Write Data

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Step 2: Create Plots

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Step 3: Update Data with the “Overwrite Sheet (Drop)” Output Option in the Output Data Tool

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Step 4: Your Plots are Updated!

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Be sure to have your Excel file closed so that you can rewrite to the file without receiving the error below!


“Unable to open file for write:”

See the process in full below:

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7 - Meteor

Great idea. Thanks

7 - Meteor


This method works great on an existing excel document whose data within is simply overwritten and it’s chart dynamically updated.

What if my excel output and filename are datetime sensitive I.e. an output is churned every day and an excel chart needs to be generated within the excel output file based on the data within?


in addition, I would also need to output other sheets to the same file?


Is there anyway to achieve these?

thank you!