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Importing Excel2016 Type library into Delphi

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Hi all,

 

I'm trying to import the Excel 2016 type library into Delphi in the normal way via "Component"->"Import Component"->"Import ActiveX Control", click "Add", browse to "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\EXCEL.EXE" (list changes and has only the selected type lib loaded), "Next>>", filling in the fields as desired, and then clicking "Next >>", Selecting "Create Unit" and clicking "Finish" which then generates the below error ("Error loading type library Excel (Version 1.9).")

 

https://i.vgy.me/DvFI6h.png

 

I've also gone to the trouble of extracting the actual Type Library resource from Excel.exe using Visual Studio and importing that directly instead.  (In the above process you select "Import a type library" instead of "Import ActiveX Control".)  The result is essentially the same, e.g. the same error is generated.

 

I should note that this is the 64-bit version of Office that is installed, and I'm aware that I've tried to directly import the server/tlb interfaces directly from the 64-bit Excel executable and that this might be part of the problem.  I'm unsure whether this is legitimate or whether that's part of the problem, but if this is a problem I'm not sure what I should be importing instead? (Is there some kind of 32-bit wrapper library that I should be importing instead? If so what?)

 

Thanks!

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If you execute the import component dialog and select "import type library" you should get a list of the installed type libraries on the next page of the wizard. Don't you see a "Microsoft Excel xx.x Object Library" in that list?

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No it doesn't appear in that list.  And I've by now managed to solve the whole problem, thanks! 🙂  (As far as I can tell 🙂 Oh, and sans designtime component icons but that's hardly important.)

 

I (vaguely) remembered that the Delphi IDE only lists the servers/type libraries/components listed in the 32bit registry, and then managed to (re)locate this page, which states this and mentions that despite the IDE choking on 64-bit imports (as I've found), the TLIBIMP.EXE command line tool works fine.  I hence successfully used it to import the Excel 2016 library and built and installed them into the IDE.  For reference the command used to import the type library was:

 

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Embarcadero\Studio\18.0\bin64\tlibimp.exe" -P "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\EXCEL.EXE"

 

There's some fiddling required with the output files to make them match Embarcadero's conventions on their own imports (e.g. change from *_TLB.pas to *2016.pas in this instance).  You also  obviously need to create a Delphi component project to contain the wrapper components, which should be named dclOffice2016.dproj assuming you want to again match Emba's conventions.  Inside the project options you should then also set the library suffix to match the product version that you're using and probably set a suitable description.  (In my case Delphi Berlin which is product version 24 and suffix 240 as shown here.)

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@ByteJuggler Out of interest (as I do COM DLLs for Excel 32 and 64) I assume you are having to import the 64-bit version as you do not have 32-bit and you want to use feature post Office 2002?

 

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42 minutes ago, David Hoyle said:

@ByteJuggler Out of interest (as I do COM DLLs for Excel 32 and 64) I assume you are having to import the 64-bit version as you do not have 32-bit and you want to use feature post Office 2002?

 

Correct.  

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