This post 4594 shows how to open a existent Excel file with Mathematica. And this 6686886 shows how to do what I need, but in C#. This 12282310 is another related one.

How can I connect to a spreadsheet that is already open?


Using SE as my rubber duck to organize ideas worked just nice. I found the answer in NETLinkUserGuide.

To get current Excel session use GetActiveCOMObject instead of CreateCOMObject. Here is a code example.

worksheet@Range["A1"]@Value="1, 2, 3 testing"

To get your active workbook use:


instead of:


PS: any tip to replace code injection using With is welcome.

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  • $\begingroup$ Humanity needs more Ducks (plus 1 Quacker). $\endgroup$ – user9660 Apr 18 '15 at 5:46
  • $\begingroup$ +1 Seems promising! Its a pity that all this isn't more explored by WR. After their ?acquisition? of the "link for excel", I was hoping for its inclusion in standard Mathematica... and, who knows, allowing for Enterprise CDF to work as an Excel computational kernel on previously signed user functions. With the Enterprise, I always have the feeling that I'm paying too much for too little... $\endgroup$ – P. Fonseca Apr 18 '15 at 9:48

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