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Knowledge base article 99Use Spreadsheet to create Excel xls
How to use automation of Ability Spreadsheet to create Excel files without user interaction.
There is no automation method to set a "Save As" file type in Ability. The simplest way around this problem is to create a template that is an xls file (ie a normal spreadsheet in Ability and then saved using File/Save As and setting type to Excel). The following code shows how this can be done.
templateXLS = "c:\mydocs\template.xls"
newfile = "c:\mydocs\NewExcelFile.xls"
Set app = CreateObject("AbilitySpreadsheet.Application")
Set wb = app.Workbooks.Open(templateXLS)
Set ws = wb.Worksheets(0)
ws.Cells(1, 1).Value = "New Spreadsheet file"
The above code is designed to run from any application that supports the VBScript language (e.g. Ability Write or Database, an Internet Explorer application (HTA) or a WScript file) but it would be easy to adjust to work with other languages.
Note: An update to Ability Spreadsheet 2002 version 3.0.029 or later is required to avoid the File Save dialog appearing after the line "wb.SaveAs(newfile)".