UiPath Activities

The UiPath Activities Guide

Project Settings

Excel Business project settings enable you to configure multiple properties that are common to Excel activities designed for StudioX globally for your current project.

To configure Excel business project settings:

  1. Select Project > Project Settings.
  2. Under Activities Settings, select the Excel Business tab.
  3. The settings are split in different categories, and each setting has a Run value and a Debug value. Expand the categories to update the desired settings.
    You can reset all settings to their default values or copy all values between the debug and production fields using the Bulk Actions drop-down menu at the top of the window.

Excel Business

Launch Excel

These settings determine how Excel is started at runtime.

Property Name

Property Description

Default Setting

Launch method

  • Automation - Excel is started by the automation APIs. This is faster, but not all add-ins load, so it can caused problems if the workbook relies on an add-in to function correctly.
  • Application - Excel is started like a user manually opened it, ensuring that all aspects of Excel load, such as add-ins.


Time to wait for Excel to start
(in seconds)

How many seconds to wait for Excel to open before generating an error.


Excel Preview

These settings determine how Excel is accessed at design time, when using the Plus plus buttonplus button menu.

Property name

Property Description

Default Setting

Excel preview type

  • Default - Let StudioX decide the preview type to use. Currently, UseXmlFile is always used.
  • UseXmlFile - Parses the contents of the Excel file. This is limited to only .xlsx files that do not rely on add-ins to load.
  • UseExcelInstance - Uses Excel to read the contents of the file. This enables previewing any file that can be opened by Excel. Previews are faster if the file is already open in Excel.

Default (UseXmlFile).



In order to use the UseExcelInstance preview type with the Application launch method, the file must be already open in Excel.

Updated about a month ago

Project Settings

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