Questions on obtaining files and directory structure/information and manipulating the said structure/information, searching/renaming particular files in a directory, etc., in an OS independent manner.

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How can I open an Excel file and modify it in Mathematica?

I wanted to ask how can I view an Excel file from a Mathematica notebook and modify it. I have seen a similar question, Open Excel file with Mathematica, but the answer involves .NET. Is there any ...
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How to write values of function to file?

For example, say I wanted to plot Sin(x) like this: Plot[Sin[x],{x,0,2 Pi}] But instead of plotting to a graph, I want to now tabulate the values of Sin[x] to a ...
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How to save data using FileNameSetter or similar

I would like to export data to a file using a SaveAs type dialog, using something like FileNameSetter[name,"Save"] to give a browse button. Any help with this ...
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Mathematica “prelude”

Is there any way to have the functions from a mathematica file be loaded on startup? For example, in this excellent answer, Jens helps me out and gives me some functions for creating legends for ...
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How can I set up a versioning system within a notebook?

Since the Frontend crashes a lot, for important work it would be nice to have the notebook automatically branch and save itself every so many minutes. For instance, commands like ...
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Relative paths for portable notebooks in Mathematica

I cannot find how to use relative paths in Mathematica. My directory structure is simple. ...
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How to check which file is older

Is there a command in Mathematica to check the date when a file was last modified? Suppose I have two notebooks: File1.nb and ...
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How to import all files of a folder at once?

I know how to import one textfile by calling its name filestring = Import["myfile.tex", "Text"]; Then "filestring" is a string with the myfile content. How do ...
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How to change working directory for calculation and save

I'm having a problem setting the working directory. I want to do some computation and save my data at one location (D), but in the code below you can see that mathematica shifts automatically to a ...
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How to remove an expression from a file?

To read in expressions from a file, one can do ReadList[file, Expression, 3]. How to do the opposite, i.e. remove a number of expressions from a file, modifying ...
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List all the directories under the current one

I feel like I am forgetting something obvious, and will remember or be ashamed as soon as an answer turns up. However, I cannot for the life of me get all of the directories in the current working ...
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File-backed lists/variables for handling large data

Background Currently I am working with some large data (most of it generated by Mathematica itself). I usually find it a hassle to do this. For example, I just exported a large amount of data to ...