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Readtable extremely slow when excel file has formatting

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JW on 15 Aug 2017
I'm having an issue with using readtable to read in an excel file. When I read in my excel file (which has formatting), the readtable command can take 30 minutes to read a single sheet. However, when I copied and pasted the values into a new excel sheet (no formatting), the command only took 10 s.
I've tried removing styles from the original workbook / sheet and clearing formatting, but oddly, the sheet still takes forever to process. Was wondering if anyone could explain to me why the original excel takes so long to process, but copying and pasting the values into a new sheet makes it so much faster to process.
FYI, I'm using Matlab2017a, although I had this problem with Matlab2016 as well.
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ds on 17 May 2019
Had exactly the same issue recently with Matlab2019a.

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jiro on 15 Aug 2017
Edited: jiro on 15 Aug 2017
Have you tried setting the "basic" property to false?
t = readtable('file.xlsx','basic',false)
Marguerite Kennish
Marguerite Kennish on 16 Jul 2020
The basic true method cut my time from 67 seconds to 22 seconds.

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