How to import an excel file from the web?

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I would like to import an excel spreadsheet which is on the intranet. I can click the file to download it when I am on that page. Now I am able to read the source code of that page using 'urlread', but not sure how to open the actual file.
Any clue?

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 11 Jan 2013
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 12 Jan 2013
urlread() of the download page will allow you to find the URL of the file itself; it will probably be in the form of a file: URL or possibly an http: or https: URL. Once you have extracted that URL, urlread() or urlwrite() the file itself.

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Jan on 12 Jan 2013
Edited: Jan on 12 Jan 2013
You can use URLREAD to read the Excel file, store it locally and use XLSREAD then.
Walter 's idea is better: urlwrite performs the storing to disk implicitly.
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 12 Jan 2013
urlwrite() might make more sense than urlread() in this circumstance.

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