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How do I convert a file name into a string

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How do I convert a file name into a string?
I have a file named MyFile_12-25-2018.xls
Im using the command copyfile to bring the file into my local folder in matlab but no sure how to now convert the file named I just copied into a string. I am really after just the date . I want to create it into a string and then truncate it down to just 12-25-2018 and then name it to a variable. Like date.

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 28 Jan 2019
What copyfile command are you using ?
Stephen Cobeldick
Stephen Cobeldick on 28 Jan 2019
Matthew Isaman's "Answer" moved here:
copyfile('C:\Documents\MyFile_12-25-2018.xls')
The previous comment is not valid since I am not calling out the file directly. I'm using
copyfile('C:\Dcouments\')
This will copyfile the .xls file into my matlab local folder

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Omer Yasin Birey
Omer Yasin Birey on 28 Jan 2019
Filename = 'MyFile_12-25-2018.xls'
name = strsplit(Filename, '_');
name = string(name{1,2});

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 28 Jan 2019
And before that use
dinfo = dir('*.xls')
filenames = {dinfo.name}
to get a cell array of file names.

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Matthew Isaman
Matthew Isaman on 28 Jan 2019
Great! Thanks, it works now!!

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