Occasionally, you may have to read information from Excel spreadsheets. PowerShell can access the Microsoft Excel object model albeit it is quite slow.

Here is example code that illustrates how you access Excel cells. Make sure you adjust the path in the code below so it points to a valid Excel file. The code then reads the content of A1 cell:

$excel = New-Object -ComObject Excel.Application
# open Excel file
$workbook = $excel.Workbooks.Open("c:\test\excelfile.xlsx")
 
# uncomment next line to make Excel visible
#$excel.Visible = $true
 
$sheet = $workbook.ActiveSheet
$column = 1
$row = 1
$info = $sheet.cells.Item($column, $row).Text
$excel.Quit()
 
 
"Cell A1 contained '$info'"

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