How to Automate Excel with R
Written by Matt Dancho
Your company lives off them… Excel files. Why not automate them & save some time? Here’s an Excel File you’re going to make in this tutorial from R. Let me show you how to automate Excel with R in under 5-minutes, using
Automating Excel from R
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This article is part of R-Tips Weekly, a weekly video tutorial that shows you step-by-step how to do common R coding tasks. Pretty cool, right?
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Automate Excel with R Tutorial
Here’s an Excel File you’re going to make in this tutorial from R. 👇
Step 1: Collect, Prepare Data & Plots
First, collect your data using
tidyquant, an awesome package for importing & working with Financial Data.
Get the code.
Pivot Table Data
The previous code makes this Pivot Table (stock returns by year and symbol).
Time Series Stock Performance Plots
Here’s the stock performance plot from the previous code.
Step 2: Automate R to Excel
Now for the magic - Let’s add the Pivot Table & Stock Plot to Excel! 🔥
- Initialize a workbook
- Create a worksheet
- Add the stock plot
- Add the Pivot Table
- Save the workbook
- Open the workbook (programmatically)
Get the code.
Excel Output (.xlsx)
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