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**Warning**

The option to build and package MATLAB^{®} code from within the Function Wizard for Excel^{®} add-ins will be removed in a future release. To create an Excel add-in, use the **Library Compiler** app.

*Not recommended starting in R2020a*

If you are still in the process of developing a MATLAB function that is not yet ready to be deployed, you may find this example to be an appropriate introduction to using MATLAB Compiler™ for Excel add-ins.

The Function Wizard allows you to iteratively test, develop, and debug your MATLAB function. It does this by invoking MATLAB from the Function Wizard Control Panel.

Developing your function in an interactive environment
ensures that it works in an expected manner, prior to deployment to
larger-scale applications. Usually, these applications are programmed
by the Excel Developer using an enterprise language like Microsoft^{®}
Visual Basic^{®}.

Similar to the Magic Square example, the Prototyping
and Debugging example develops a function named `mymagic`

,
which wraps a MATLAB function, `magic`

, which
computes a magic square, a function with a single multidimensional
matrix output.

If your MATLAB function is ready to be deployed and you have already built your add-in and COM component with the Deployment Tool, see Execute Functions and Create Macros.

**Key Tasks for the MATLAB Programmer**

Task | Reference |
---|---|

1. Review MATLAB Compiler for Excel add-ins prerequisites, if you have not already done so. | MATLAB Compiler for Microsoft Excel Add-In Prerequisites |

2. Prepare to run the example by copying the example files. | Example File Copying |

3. Test the MATLAB function you want to deploy as an add-in or COM component. | mymagic Testing |

4. Install the Function Wizard. | Installation of the Function Wizard |

5. Start the Function Wizard. | Function Wizard Start-Up |

6. Select the prototyping and debugging workflow. | Workflow Selection for Prototyping and Debugging MATLAB Functions |

7. Define the new MATLAB function you want to prototype by adding it to the Function Wizard and establishing input and output ranges. | New MATLAB Function Definition |

8. Test your MATLAB function by executing it with the Function Wizard. | Function Execution from MATLAB |

9. Prototype and Debug the MATLAB function if needed, using MATLAB and the Function Wizard. | MATLAB Function Prototyping and Debugging |

10. Create the add-in and COM component, as well as the macro, using the Function Wizard to invoke MATLAB and the Deployment Tool. | Microsoft Excel Add-In and Macro Creation Using the Function Wizard |

11. Execute the your function from the newly created component, to ensure the function's behavior is identical to when it was tested. | Function Execution from the Deployed Component |

12. Execute the macro you created using the Function Wizard. | Macro Execution |

13. Package your deployable add-in and macro using the Function Wizard to invoke MATLAB and the Deployment Tool. | Microsoft Excel Add-In and Macro Packaging using the Function Wizard |

14. Optionally inspect or modify the Microsoft Visual Basic code you generated with the COM component. Optionally, attach the macro you created to a GUI button. | Microsoft Visual Basic Code Access (Optional Advanced Task) |

The Function Wizard enables you to pass Microsoft Excel (Excel 2000 or later) worksheet values to a compiled MATLAB model and then return model output to a cell or range of cells in the worksheet.

The Function Wizard provides an intuitive interface to Excel worksheets. You do not need previous knowledge of Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming.

The Function Wizard reflects any changes that you make in the worksheets, such as range selections. You also use the Function Wizard to control the placement and output of data from MATLAB functions to the worksheets.

**Note**

The Function Wizard does not currently support the MATLAB `sparse`

,
and `complex`

data types.

All MATLAB
Compiler examples reside in

.
The following table identifies examples by folder:* matlabroot*\toolbox\matlabxl\examples\

For Example Files Relating To... | Find Example Code in Folder... | For Example Documentation See... |
---|---|---|

Magic Square Example | `xlmagic` | Integrate an Add-In and COM Component with Microsoft Excel |

Variable-Length Argument Example | `xlmulti` | Work with Variable-Length Inputs and Outputs |

Calling Compiled MATLAB Functions from Microsoft Excel | `xlbasic` | Calling Compiled MATLAB Functions from Microsoft Excel |

Spectral Analysis Example | `xlspectral` | Build and Integrate Spectral Analysis Functions |

In this example, you test a MATLAB file (`mymagic.m`

)
containing the predefined MATLAB function `magic`

.
You test to have a baseline to compare to the results of the function
when it is ready to deploy.

In MATLAB, locate

`mymagic.m`

. See Example File Copying for locations of examples. The contents of the file are as follows:function y = mymagic(x) %MYMAGIC Magic square of size x. % Y = MYMAGIC(X) returns a magic square of size x. % This file is used as an example for the MATLAB Compiler product. % Copyright 2001-2012 The MathWorks, Inc. y = magic(x)

At the MATLAB command prompt, enter

`mymagic(5)`

. View the resulting output, which appears as follows:`17 24 1 8 15`

23 5 7 14 16

4 6 13 20 22

10 12 19 21 3

11 18 25 2 9

Before you can use the Function Wizard, you must first install it as an add-in that is accessible from Microsoft Excel.

After you install the Function Wizard, the entry **MATLAB
Functions** appears as an available Microsoft
Excel add-in
button.

Click the

**File**tab.On the left navigation pane, select

**Options**.In the Excel Options dialog box, on the left navigation pane, select

**Add-Ins**.In the Manage drop-down, select

**Excel Add-Ins**, and click**Go**.In the Add-Ins dialog box, click

**Browse**.Browse to

, and select/toolbox/matlabxl/matlabxl/`matlabroot`

`arch`

`FunctionWizard2007.xlam`

. Click**OK**.In the Excel Add-Ins dialog, verify that the entry

**MATLAB Compiler Function Wizard**is selected. Click**OK**.

The Home tab of the Microsoft Excel Ribbon should now contain the Function Wizard tile. See The Home Tab of the Microsoft Office Ribbon with Function Wizard Installed.

Start Microsoft Excel if it is not already running.

Click the

**Office**Button () and select**Excel Options**.In the left pane of the Excel Options dialog box, click

**Add-Ins**.In the right pane of the Excel Options dialog box, select

**Excel Add-ins**from the**Manage**drop-down box.Click

**Go**.Click

**Browse**. Navigate to

and select\toolbox\matlabxl\matlabxl\`matlabroot`

`arch`

`FunctionWizard2007.xlam`

. Click**OK**.In the Excel Add-Ins dialog box, verify that the entry

**MATLAB Compiler Function Wizard**is selected. Click**OK**.

Select

**Tools**>**Add-Ins**from the Excel main menu.If the Function Wizard was previously installed,

**MATLAB Compiler Function Wizard**appears in the list. Select the item, and click**OK**.If the Function Wizard was not previously installed, click

**Browse**and navigate to`matlabroot`

`\toolbox\matlabxl\matlabxl`

folder. Select`FunctionWizard.xla`

. Click**OK**to proceed.

Start the Function Wizard in one of the following ways. When the wizard has initialized, the Function Wizard Start Page dialog box displays.

In Microsoft
Excel, on the Microsoft Office ribbon, on the **Home** tab, select **Function
Wizard**.

**The Home Tab of the Microsoft Office Ribbon with Function Wizard Installed**

You can also access Function Wizard from the File tab.

Select

**File**>**Options**>**Add-Ins**from the Excel main menu.Select

**Function Wizard**.

**The Function Wizard Start Page Dialog Box**

After you have installed and started the Function Wizard, do the following.

From the Function Wizard Start Page dialog box, select

**I have one or more MATLAB functions that I want to use in a workbook (MATLAB installation required)**. The**New Project**option is selected by default. Enter a meaningful project name in the**Project Name**field, like`testmymagic`

, for example.**Tip**Some customers find it helpful to assign a unique name as the

**Class Name**(default is`Class1`

) and to assign a**Version**number for source control purposes.Click

**OK**. The Function Wizard Control Panel displays with the**Add Function**button enabled.

Keep in mind the following information about project files when working with the Function Wizard:

The project files created by the Function Wizard are the same project files created and used by the Deployment Tool (

`deploytool`

).The Function Wizard prompts you to specify a location for your project files when you open your first new project. Project files are auto-saved to this location and may be opened in the future through either the Deployment Tool or the Function Wizard.

If you previously built a component using the Function Wizard, the wizard will prompt you to load it.

Avoid manually terminating the MATLAB session invoked by the Function Wizard. Doing so can prevent you from using the Wizard's MATLAB-related features from your Excel session. If you want to quit the remotely invoked MATLAB session, restart Excel.

Add the function you want to deploy to the Function Wizard. Click

**Add**in the Set Up Functions area of the Function Wizard Control Panel. The New MATLAB Function dialog box appears.Browse to locate your MATLAB function. Select the function and click

**Open**.In the New MATLAB Function dialog box, click

**Add**. The Function Properties dialog box appears.**Tip**The

**Function Syntax and Help**area, in the Function Properties dialog box, displays the first help text line (sometimes called the*H1 line*) in a MATLAB function. Displaying these comments in the Function Properties dialog box can be helpful when deploying new or unfamiliar MATLAB functions to end-users.Define input argument properties as follows.

On the

**Input**tab, click**Set Input Data**. The Input Data fordialog box appears.`n`

Specify a

**Range**or**Value**by selecting the appropriate option and entering the value.Click

**Done**.

**Tip**To specify how MATLAB Compiler for Excel add-ins handles blank cells (or cells containing no data), see Empty Cell Value Control.

Define output argument properties as follows.

On the

**Output**tab, click**Set Output Data**. The Output Data fordialog box appears, where`y`

is the name of the output variable you are defining properties of.`x`

**Tip**You can also specify MATLAB Compiler to

**Auto Resize**,**Transpose**or output your data in date format (**Output as date**). To do so, select the appropriate option in the Argument Properties Fordialog box.`y`

Specify a

**Range**. Alternately, select a range of cells on your Excel sheet; the range will be entered for you in the**Range**field.Select

**Auto Resize**if it is not already selected.Click

**Done**in the Argument Properties Fordialog box.`y`

Click

**Done**in the Function Properties dialog box.`mymagic`

now appears in the**Active Functions**list of the Function Wizard Control Panel.

You can specify how MATLAB
Compiler processes empty cells,
allowing you to assign undefined or unrepresented (`NaN`

,
for example) data values to them.

To specify how to handle empty cells, do the following.

Click

**Options**in the Input Data fordialog box.`N`

The Input Conversion Options dialog box opens.

Click the

**Treat Missing Data As**drop-down box.Specify either

**Zero**or**NaN (Not a Number)**, depending on how you want to handle empty cells.

To assign ranges to fields in a struct array, do the following:

If you have not already done so, select

**This is a MATLAB structure array argument**in the Input Data fordialog box and click`n`

**OK**.The Input Data for Structure Array Argument

dialog box opens.`n`

The Function Wizard supports Vector and Two-dimensional struct arrays organized in either Element by Element or Plane organization, for both input and output.

In the Input Data for Structure Array Argument

dialog box, do the following:`n`

In the Structure Array Organization area, select either

**Element by Element Organization**or**Plane Organization**.Click

**Add Field**to add fields for each of your struct array arguments. The Field for Structure Array Argument dialog box opens.

In the Field for Argument dialog box, do the following:

In the

**Name**field, define the field name. The**Name**you specify must match the field name of the structure array in your MATLAB function.Specify the

**Range**for the field.Click

**Done**.

**How Structure Arrays are Supported. **MATLAB
Compiler supports one and two-dimensional MATLAB
structure arrays.

The product converts data passed into structure arrays in *element-by-element
organization* or *plane organization*.
See *MATLAB Programming Fundamentals* for more
information about all MATLAB data types, including structures.

**Deploying Structure Arrays as Inputs and Outputs. **If you are a MATLAB programmer and want to deploy a MATLAB function with structure arrays
as input or output arguments, build Microsoft
Excel macros using
the Function Wizard and pass them (with the Excel add-in and COM component)
to the end users. If you can’t do this, let your end users
know:

Which arguments are structure arrays

Field names of the structure arrays

**Using Macros with Struct Arrays. **The macro generation feature of MATLAB
Compiler for Excel add-ins works with struct arrays
as input or output arguments. See Macro Creation if you have a MATLAB function
you are ready to deploy. See Microsoft Excel Add-In and Macro Creation Using the Function Wizard if
you are using the Function Wizard to create your MATLAB function from scratch. See Choosing Function Deployment Workflow for more
information on both workflows.

Use the Function Wizard to interactively prototype and debug a MATLAB function.

Since `mymagic`

calls the prewritten MATLAB `magic`

function
directly, it does not provide an illustrative example of how to use
the prototyping and debugging feature of MATLAB
Compiler.

Following is an example of how you might use this feature with `myprimes`

,
a function containing multiple lines of code.

For example, say you are in the process of prototyping code
that uses the equation `P = myprimes(n)`

. This equation
returns a row vector of prime numbers less than or equal to `n`

(a
prime number has no factors other than 1 and the number itself).

Your code uses `P = myprimes(n)`

as follows:

function [p] = myprimes(n) if length(n)~=1, error('N must be a scalar'); end if n < 2, p = zeros(1,0); return, end p = 1:2:n; q = length(p); p(1) = 2; for k = 3:2:sqrt(n) if p((k+1)/2) p(((k*k+1)/2):k:q) = 0; end end p = (p(p>0));

In designing your code, you want to handle various use cases.
For example, you want to experiment with scenarios that may assign
a column vector value to the output variable `p`

(
(`myprimes`

only returns a row vector, as stated
previously). You follow this general workflow:

Set a breakpoint in

`myprimes`

at the first`if`

statement, using the GUI or`dbstop`

, for instance.On the Function Wizard Control Panel, in the Execute Functions area, click

**Execute**. Execution will stop at the previously set breakpoint. Note the value of`p`

. Step-through and debug your code as you normally would using the MATLAB Editor.

For more information about debugging MATLAB code, see Debug a MATLAB Program.

Test your deployable MATLAB function by executing it in MATLAB:

From the Function Wizard Control Panel, in the Execute Functions area, select

**Execute MATLAB Functions in MATLAB**.Click

**Execute**. In Excel, the Magic Square function executes, producing results similar to the following.

The Function Wizard can automatically create a deployable Microsoft Excel add-in and macro. To create your add-in in this manner, use one of the following procedures.

To create both a deployable add-in and an associated Excel macro:

In the Function Wizard Control Panel dialog box, in the Create Component area, select

**Create Both Excel Add-in Component and Excel Macro**.Enter

`mymagic`

in the**Macro Name**field.Select the location of where to store the macro, using the

**Store Macro In**drop-down box.Enter a brief description of the macro's functionality in the

**Description**field.Click

**Create**to build both the add-in (as well as the underlying COM component) and the associated macro. The Deployment Tool Build dialog box appears, indicating the status of the add-in and COM component compilation (build).**The Build Dialog**

To create either a COM component or a macro without also creating the Excel add-in, do the following

In the Function Wizard Control Panel dialog box, in the Create Component area, select either

**MATLAB Excel Add-in Component Only**or**Create Excel Macro Only**.Enter

`mymagic`

in the**Macro Name**field.Select the location of where to store the macro, using the

**Store Macro In**drop-down box.Enter a brief description of the macro's functionality in the

**Description**field.Click

**Create**.

Execute your function as you did similarly in Function Execution from MATLAB, but this time execute it from the deployed component to ensure it matches your previous output.

From the Function Wizard Control Panel, in the Execute Functions area, select

**Execute MATLAB Functions from Deployed Component**.Click

**Execute**. In Excel, the Magic Square function executes, producing results similar to the following.

Run the macro you created in Macro Creation by doing one of the following, after first
clearing cells `A1:E5`

(which contain the output
of the Magic Square function you ran in Function Execution).

**Tip**

You may need to enable the proper security settings before running macros in Microsoft Excel. For information about macro permissions and related error messages, see the Errors and Solutions appendix.

In Microsoft Excel, click

**View > Macros > View Macros**.Select

`mymagic`

from the**Macro name**drop-down box.Click

**Run**. Cells`A1:E5`

on the Excel sheet are automatically populated with the output of`mymagic`

.

In Microsoft Excel, click

**Tools > Macro > Macros**.Select

`mymagic`

from the**Macro name**drop-down box.Click

**Run**. Cells`A1:E5`

on the Excel sheet are automatically populated with the output of`mymagic`

.

The Function Wizard can automatically package a deployable Microsoft Excel add-in and macro for sharing. To package your add-in in this manner, use one of the following procedures.

After successfully building your component and add-in, in the Share Component area of the Function Wizard Control Panel dialog box, review the files listed in the

**Files to include in packaging**field.**Add File**s or**Remove File**s to and from the package by clicking the appropriate buttons.To add access to the MATLAB Runtime installer to your package, select one of the options in the MATLAB Runtime area. For information about the MATLAB Runtime and the MATLAB Runtime installer, see Install and Configure MATLAB Runtime.

When you are ready to create your package, click

**Create Package**.

Optionally, you may want to access the Visual Basic code or modify it, depending on your programming expertise or the availability of an Excel developer. If so, follow these steps.

From the Excel main window, open the Microsoft
Visual Basic editor
by doing one of the following. select **Tools** > **Macro** > **Visual Basic Editor**.

Click

**Developer > Visual Basic**.When the Visual Basic Editor opens, in the

**Project - VBAProject**window, double-click to expand`VBAProject (mymagic.xls)`

.Expand the

`Modules`

folder and double-click the`Matlab Macros`

module.This opens the Visual Basic Code window with the code for this project.

Click

**Tools > Macro > Visual Basic Editor**.When the Visual Basic Editor opens, in the

**Project - VBAProject**window, double-click to expand`VBAProject (mymagic.xls)`

.Expand the

`Modules`

folder and double-click the`Matlab Macros`

module.This opens the VB Code window with the code for this project.

To attach the macro to a GUI button, do the following:

Click

**Developer > Insert**.From the

**Form Controls**menu, select the**Button (Form Control)**icon.**Tip**Hover your mouse over the Form Controls menu to see the various control labels.

In the Assign Macros dialog box, select the macro you want to assign the GUI button to, and click

**OK**.

**Attaching a Macro to a Button**

If you want to... | See... |
---|---|

Perform basic MATLAB Programmer tasks Understand how the deployment products process your MATLAB functions Understand how the deployment products work together Explore guidelines about writing deployable MATLAB code
| Write Deployable MATLAB Code |

See more examples about building add-ins and COM components | Create Macros from MATLAB Functions |

Learn more about the MATLAB Runtime | About the MATLAB Runtime |

Learn how to customize and integrate the COM component you built by modifying the Microsoft Visual Basic code | Integrate Components Using Visual Basic ApplicationBuild and Integrate Spectral Analysis Functions |