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Ways to Import Spreadsheets

Import Data from Spreadsheets

You can import data from spreadsheet files into MATLAB® interactively or programmatically, using an import function.

This table compares the primary ways to import spreadsheet files.

Ways to Import Spreadsheet Files


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Import Tool

Import a worksheet or range to column vectors, a matrix, a cell array, or a table. You can generate code to repeat the operation on multiple files that are similar.

Read Spreadsheet Data Using Import Tool


Import a worksheet or range to a table.

Read Spreadsheet Data into Table

Define Import Options for Tables


Import a worksheet or range to numeric and cell arrays.

Read Spreadsheet Data into Arrays


Import data from one or more worksheets in a file.

Import data from from a collection of spreadsheet files.

Importing Data from Excel Spreadsheets

Some import options require that your system includes Excel® for Windows®. For more information, see System Requirements and Supported File Formats for Spreadsheets.

Paste Data from Clipboard

Paste data from the clipboard into MATLAB using one of the following methods:

  • On the Workspace browser title bar, click , and then select Paste.

  • Open an existing variable in the Variables editor, right-click, and then select Paste Excel Data.

  • Call uiimport -pastespecial.

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