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I have a 3D table that I'm able to plot using ListPlot3D, but when I export the table to an excel file and try to import the saved data, the format is different. The imported table seems to have additional commas everywhere, e.g.:

 TableT = Parallelize[
   Table[{x, y, Func[x, y]}, {x, -5.0, 5, 0.1}, {y, -5.0, 5, 0.1}]];
 Export["C:\\Users\\Desktop\\Research \
       Folders\\Rich\\MATHEMATICA ROUTINES\\Table.xls", TableT, "Table"];

 SampleTable = 
   Import["C:\\Users\\Desktop\\Research \
       Folders\\Rich\\MATHEMATICA ROUTINES\\Table.xls", "Table"];

And a sample of the output looks like:

    {{"{-1.,", "-1.,", "-1.682941969615793}", "{-1.,", "-0.7,", 
      "-1.4481056235651328}", "{-1.,", "-0.4,", "-1.0839143149837285}", 
      "{-1.,", "-0.10000000000000009,", "-0.6229001688139496}", "{-1.,", 
      "0.19999999999999996,", "-0.10624420571720333}", "{-1.,", "0.5,", 
      "0.4199022358543263}", "{-1.,", "0.7999999999999998,", 
      "0.9085400612713314}"}, {"{-0.7,", "-1.,", "-1.4481056235651328}", 

When I use this approach for 2D plots, it seems to work fine. Can someone explain why this isn't working for my 3D data?

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    $\begingroup$ be aware by specifying "Table" you are overriding recognition of the "xls" extension, so not writing an excel file $\endgroup$ – george2079 Apr 30 '15 at 2:38
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As @george2079 has already pointed out, you are causing confusion in the Import and Export formats by adding the "Table" option.

Try the following instead:

tableT = Parallelize[
   Table[{x, y, func[x, y]}, {x, -5, 5, 1}, {y, -5, 5, 1}]
   ];
Export["table.xls", tableT];

sampleTable = Import["table.xls"][[1]];

TableForm@sampleTable

(*
-5. -5. func[-5, -5]
-5. -4. func[-5, -4]
-5. -3. func[-5, -3]
-5. -2. func[-5, -2]
-5. -1. func[-5, -1]
-5. 0.  func[-5, 0]
-5. 1.  func[-5, 1]
-5. 2.  func[-5, 2]
-5. 3.  func[-5, 3]
-5. 4.  func[-5, 4]
-5. 5.  func[-5, 5]
*)

You should also note that, when working with Excel files, Import returns a list of lists. Each first-level element of the list corresponds to a sheet in the Excel file. To get to your list, you want to take the first component of that list of lists. This is what the [[1]] accomplishes above. Equivalently, you could write First@Import[...], or you can also access the sheet contents by name:

Import["table.xls", {"Sheets", "Sheet1" }]

As an aside, you should avoid using uppercase names for your variables to avoid any possible conflicts with built-in functions, whose names always start with an uppercase letter. I modified your variables names accordingly.

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