[R] export tables to excel files on multiple sheets with titles for each table

Felipe Carrillo mazatlanmexico at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 13 23:09:37 CEST 2010

Check the WriteXLS package, I think it does that and also saves
each R object on a different excel sheet.
Felipe D. Carrillo
Supervisory Fishery Biologist
Department of the Interior
US Fish & Wildlife Service
California, USA

----- Original Message ----
> From: eugen pircalabelu <eugen_pircalabelu at yahoo.com>
> To: R-help <r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch>
> Sent: Tue, July 13, 2010 1:21:33 PM
> Subject: [R] export tables to excel files on multiple sheets with titles for 
>each table
> Hello R-users,
> Checking the archives, I recently came across this topic: 
> "export tables to Excel files" 
> and the following interesting references have been proposed:
> http://rwiki.sciviews.org/doku.php?id=tips:data-io:ms_windows
> http://www.r-bloggers.com/export-data-frames-to-multi-worksheet-excel-file-2/
> but my problem is somehow a small extension to what has been discussed, and 
> although i have a solution, i seek something more elegant. I want to export 
> multiple dataframes (on multiple sheets), but i also want each of them to have 

> its own title that is to be written also in Excel. The packages/functions that 
> have checked, cannot accommodate a title that is to be written on the sheet, 
> along with the actual dataframe of interest.
> I can do something similar to what i need, but without writing the dataframes 
> multiple sheets.
> #head(USArrests) and head(iris) written with accompanying title one under each 

> other 
> write.excel<-function (tab, ...){
> zz <- file("example.dat", "a+b") 
> cat("\"TITLE extra line",file = zz, sep = "\n")
> write.table(tab, file=zz, row.names=F,sep="\t")
> close(zz)}
> write.excel(head(USArrests))
> write.excel(head(iris))
> Any suggestion on how to export the same information on two separate sheets, 
> keeping also a title for each of them, is highly appreciated, as i have been 
> searching for some time for a good solution.
> Thank you very much and have a great day ahead!
> Eugen Pircalabelu
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