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Porting Excel macros to OpenOffice

Are there any tools to convert or import Excel macros into OpenOffice? If so, which ones would you recommend using?

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Microsoft Excel macros are written in Visual Basic or for older versions of Excel the Excel macro language. Macros in OpenOffice.org Calc are written in a different scripting language so there is no easy way to import or convert the macros.

To find out more about how to write scripts and macros for OpenOffice.org you may want to visit the OpenOffice.org Scripting Project.

If you have a very complex set of macros that would be timeconsuming to port you may want to run Excel on Linux using Win4Lin or Wine. The cost of the operating system and the appication have already been paid on your legacy systems and you could save time porting scripts from one program to another.

This was first published in June 2005

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