# Extracting Unknown Amount of Columns from Excel Data

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Boegs on 19 Apr 2019
Commented: Boegs on 22 Apr 2019
So I am trying to sort datasheets I'm given in excel into rows of 7 columns. And the datasheet I am given could have any amount of columns for any row. So I was hoping for some help.
This is what I have so far, but it can only handle up to column Y in excel. I want to be able to write something that can handle any amount of columns, just given the input file.
L = length(xlsread('Input')); %number of rows
N = 7; %desired number of columns
X = NaN(1,7); %first reorganized row is empty
for i=1:L %reads all input rows
xlRange = sprintf('A%d:Y%d',i,i); %range of columns from A to Y
A = xlsread('Input',xlRange); %brings in input data one row at a time
Z = reshape([A(:);nan(mod(-numel(A),N),1)],N,{}); %shapes the data into rows of 7
Z = Z.'; %switches rows for columns
X = cat(1,X,Z); %desired output in a matrix
end
xlswrite('Output',X) %prints to excel sheec

Jeremy Hughes on 19 Apr 2019
Once you have the matrix in MATLAB, you can loop over the rows of the data for processing.

Boegs on 22 Apr 2019
Hey Jeremy,
I am not as familiar with READTABLE (since I have R2018a). How would I loop through the rows using the readtable function? I don't know the format of the function and the
wasn't the most clear.
Jeremy Hughes on 22 Apr 2019
You shouldn't need the READ function (which ever one you're using) to do the looping.
Bring in all the data, then loop over the data. Even in your example:
L = length(xlsread('Input')); %number of rows
L = length(data); %number of rows
Since you're reading in everything already, then throwing it out, then reading it again row by row, you're really doing a lot of wasted work.
A = data(:,i)
I'm not sure what reading row-by-row is doing for your case since I don't have your file.
If you upload an example file, it might be more clear what you're trying to accomplish.
Boegs on 22 Apr 2019
So the data I recieve is in the format of the "Pre-Code Data" excel file.
And what I want matlab to make it look like is in the format of the "Post-Code Data" excel file.
But the columns I recieve can vary and so can the amount of rows. So I was hoping to create something to be able to format my data no matter the amount of rows or columns.