Edit Excel File using PowerShell


In this blog post, we will show you how to edit excel file using PowerShell.

As the context, before editing the file, our original Excel sheet will look as follows:

excel file

And we will edit the file such that there will be a new FirstName and LastName at the third row as follows:

edit excel using com object in powershell

Using Excel Com Object

Since PowerShell is deeply integrated with .NET Framework, we can use ComObject to work with Excel files. After creating the object, we will open the Excel file to read the file and then modify the cells.

try {
    $excel = New-Object -ComObject Excel.Application
    $workbook = $excel.Workbooks.Open("C:\Scripts\Test.xlsx")
    $worksheet = $workbook.Worksheets.Item(1)
    $worksheet.Cells.Item(3, 1).Value = "Michael"
    $worksheet.Cells.Item(3, 2).Value = "Jackson"
finally {


We enclose the code above with try-finally block because we want to make sure it will release the resource after modifying Excel that is performed at finally block.

Using ImportExcel Module

ImportExcel is an external module that is built based on EPPlus which is a very well-known library to work with Excel spreadsheets in .NET.

Before using ImportExcel module, we have to install it.

Install-Module -Name ImportExcel

We also have to import the module before creating Excel object. Then following previous solution pattern, we have to open the file first to read before modifying the cells.

# Import the module
Import-Module ImportExcel

# Open excel file
$excel = Open-ExcelPackage -Path "C:\Scripts\Test.xlsx"

# Get the first worksheet and modify cells at A3 and B3
$workSheet = $excel.Workbook.Worksheets[1]
$workSheet.Cells["A3"].Value = "Michael"
$workSheet.Cells["B3"].Value = "Jackson"

# Close excel file
Close-ExcelPackage $excel

Using PSExcel Module

PSExcel is another module based on EPPlus library. You can find all the examples in github repository.

Before using this module, we have to install it.

Install-Module -Name PSExcel

In order to use the object, we must import the module first. Then, we create Excel object by specifying the path of our Excel file. This object will be used to get the first worksheet which is at index 0. Next, we modify the cells value before saving the modifications using Save-Excel cmdlet.

Import-Module PSExcel

$excel = New-Excel -Path 'C:\Scripts\Test.xlsx'
$workSheet1 = $excel | Get-Worksheet | Select-Object -Index 0
$workSheet1 | Set-CellValue -Coordinates "A3:A3" -Value "Michael"
$workSheet1 | Set-CellValue -Coordinates "B3:B3" -Value "Jackson"
$excel | Save-Excel -Passthru


To edit Excel file in PowerShell, we can use Excel Com Object which is based on .NET Framework. We can also use PowerShell external modules like PSExcel and ImportExcel. ImportExcel is an excellent module which is based on EPPlus library, a well-known C# libary for woking with Excel from .NET.

PSExcel is the alternative of ImportExcel module. PSExcel is also based on EPPlus but this module is no longer maintained as stated in its GitHub repository. If it doesn’t provide functionality that you need, you have to contribute to the source code by yourself.

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