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Create an automatic scheduled view export in Excel

Learning how to create an automatic scheduled view export in Microsoft Excel can be a daunting task, but here are some suggestions to do just that.

I want to create an automatic scheduled view export in Microsoft Excel format. This works from the File -> Export menu, but Formula language can't exist in a scheduled agent. I'm not familiar with the Lotus object model.

Menu actions are part of the user interface (UI). Agents that run in the background can't interact with the UI, because such a UI doesn't exist.

It's possible to create an automatic scheduled view export in Excel with LotusScript code using Microsoft Excel COM classes. It's not the easiest thing in the world to pick up, but you can find sample code on the Lotus Sandbox site and adapt it for your Lotus Notes view.

You can also search Microsoft's Developer Network (MSDN) site for a reference of adaptable Microsoft Excel COM classes.

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This was first published in May 2008

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