Running a macro


The [highlight txt=’run macro’] instruction allows a user to run a macro within an Excel workbook.

[message type=”warning”]For the purposes of this article we are going to use a simple and fictitious Excel file. It has already been uploaded into a data step. You will want to replace this file with one of your own.[/message]

Before we get started

Please further create a ‘Manipulate a file’ or ‘Multiple file manipulations’ action step so that you can add and use instructions.

The target file contains a macro named “ClearSheet” that when run, clears everything from Sheet1. The file resembles the image below:

For those familiar with VBA, the macro runs the following code:


1. Create a ‘Run macro’ instruction.

2. Link the file named “Target” as the target file.

3. Select Sheet1.

4. In the Macro Name field, type “ClearSheet”. This is the macro that the instruction will run.

6. Save and run the step.

7. After the step finishes running, download and open the target file. It should resemble the following image:

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