xlswrite command not working

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Atinesh Singh
Atinesh Singh on 18 Jul 2017
Answered: Håkon Bye on 13 Aug 2019
I am trying to export matlab data to excel file but I am getting this error
Error using xlswrite (line 219)
Invoke Error, Dispatch Exception:
Source: Microsoft Excel
Description: The file could not be accessed.
Command I am using
xlswrite('file.xslx', [1 2 3]);
I tried reinstalling office, but It didn't work. I am using Windows 10 Pro (x64), Office 2016 (x64).

Answers (3)

Fangjun Jiang
Fangjun Jiang on 18 Jul 2017
Edited: Fangjun Jiang on 18 Jul 2017
should it be xlswrite('file. xlsx', [1 2 3])?
Sometimes when you initially had some types of file error, the file kept being open so xlswrite() can not over-write it. That is the cause for your error message.
Just delete that file completely and re-try.
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Fangjun Jiang
Fangjun Jiang on 19 Jul 2017
Try a different file name, for example, run this separately in Command Window and see what happens:
xlswrite('test.xlsx', [1 2 3])

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Jan
Jan on 18 Jul 2017
The error message contains 4 ideas. Did you try them? If so, mentioning this detail would be very useful for the readers.
As Fangjun Jiang has pointed out already: ".xslx" might not be the wanted file extension. If the file is opened by another process or the folder is write protected, such an error message would be expected also.
Some strange Excel problem have been solved by this tip:
For x64 processes create the following folder:
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\config\systemprofile\Desktop
For x86 processes create the following folder:
C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\Desktop
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Atinesh Singh
Atinesh Singh on 18 Jul 2017
The folder you mentioned is already present.

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Håkon Bye
Håkon Bye on 13 Aug 2019
I had a similar error message. It turned out that the error occured because I had my MATLAB folder stored at a onedrive folder. I think the problem is caused by the spaces in the name of the onedrive folder.

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