Carnac by Code52 Carnac by Code52

A while ago I was talking at Southampton and Reading user group about Azure Data Studio shortcuts. I thought it would be a good idea to add the keystrokes I am pressing on the screen while I am presenting. Code52 After a short search, I found the tool I really liked. It is called Carnac…

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ImportExcel - PowerShell module ImportExcel - PowerShell module

In this last post of the series, I am going to mix Excel, PowerShell and VBA. If you weren’t using PowerShell to manage Excel files before, you might have used VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) to do so. Excel is a powerful tool and even this area can be improved a little bit with PowerShell.…

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ImportExcel - PowerShell module ImportExcel - PowerShell module

Spreadsheets’ main purpose is data: storing, manipulating and analyzing them. We can add some colours or charts to make the data more friendly, but sometimes we may want to add something else – like a logo or picture and all that can be achieved with PowerShell. Preparation Firstly, let’s prepare our environment to make sure…

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This month the #TSQL2SDAY invitation comes from Brent Ozar (blog|twitter). Brent wants us to write about our favourite (or least favourite) data types. The invitation is in this post. sql_variant Of all data types available in SQL Server – sql_variant is one of the most interesting to me. The Microsoft documentation writes all about it,…

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ImportExcel - PowerShell module ImportExcel - PowerShell module

Microsoft Excel helps to format any single cell in many ways. From setting background colours, through adding border styles to presenting date in different formats. In this post we will play with styles and formatting a little bit. Preparation Let’s prepare our environment now to make sure the file does not exist. As an illustration,…

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ImportExcel - PowerShell module ImportExcel - PowerShell module

ImportExcel is a powerful tool to manage MS Excel, however, the user is not limited to data stored in worksheets. We can import from and export to SQL Excel data using a combination of ImportExcel and dbatools modules. You can read how to start with dbatools in this blog series. Preparation Let’s prepare our environment…

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Last month we have been hiding things in Excel, so this week we are going to make sure they are protected as well. Excel offers multiple levels of password protection and its options: locking file with a password, i.e. without key phrase opening file is not possible protecting workbook’s structure lastly, protecting individual worksheets from…

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Two weeks ago I have sent out the invitation for February 2021 #tsql2sday and last week almost 30 people responded with their contributions. I would like to thank you all of the contributors (see the posts’ list below) for their time. Contributors Here is the list of all contributions to February 2021 #tsql2sday in alphabetical…

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ImportExcel - PowerShell module ImportExcel - PowerShell module

So far we have been working on data or worksheets, but today we will look closer at some workbook-level properties and metadata. Workbook properties Open any Excel file and go to File > Info. You should see something like that on the right side: When you look at the bottom there is a link to…

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ImportExcel - PowerShell module ImportExcel - PowerShell module

Do you have a long list of the Excel sheets in one file? How do you find what you need quickly? Moving around spreadsheets and making coloured tabs might help you. Moving worksheets around When we want to place the worksheet in a different place it is simple as drag&drop or using the context menu.…

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