Export Data dialog box

Use the Export Data dialog box to select the options you want to use when exporting model data to a linked Excel file. For more information, see Setting Up Export Links.

To open the Export Data dialog box, choose Export Data from the Model menu.

Links (1,2...)

Each link is shown in a separate row. Use the button to add a new link. Then, use the columns to set up information about the link. To remove a link, click on the number of the link you want to remove, and then click on the button.


This column indicates whether the destination you've specified exists and can be read. It will say No until you select a destination, and will also say No if you have an existing link, but the file is missing or unreadable.


This specifies the file to which the software will write the data. Click on this field to open a File Selection dialog and choose a file. If the file can't be used, most commonly because all its worksheets are already specified for importing or exporting data, an error message will appear.

Note: The file should be located in the same directory as the model, or a subdirectory of the model directory, named data. If you use a file from a different location, copying the model to a different computer will likely make the link invalid.


This option is only applicable to Excel files. After you've selected the file, the first worksheet it contains will be shown. Click on the name of the sheet to enable the dropdown list . Then, click on the name of the worksheet to select the worksheet you want.

Note: You can only choose worksheets not already in use by other import or export links. If there's a single worksheet available, it will be chosen and no dropdown list will be shown.


Check this option to enable the link for Export All on this dialog, and for automatic import after any change if Dynamic is checked.


Check this option to have the specified link be executed when the model is run.

Data Source

Select the data source from the dropdown. The choices are:

Data Orientation

This specifies the orientation of the destination data. If Vertical is selected, then variable names will appear along a row with the associated values directly underneath them. If Horizontal is selected, then variable names will appear in a column with the associated values to their right. This option isn't available for tables; tables use the orientation of the table.


This specifies the frequency with which you want to export the data. Type in a number to export with that frequency, or one of the following (as you begin to type, the choices will appear):


Click on the button to export to the designated link. The export will be attempted regardless of the Enabled and Dynamic settings. A message will be shown about the success of, or problems with, the export.

Export All

Click this button to export to all of the links that are marked enabled. This will happen whether the links are marked dynamic or not. A message will be displayed showing the results of all the exports. If you have many links, this is a convenient way to check that they're all working as expected.

Note: "Export all" exports from the most recently made run. If you haven't made a run, names will be exported, but no values will be.


Click OK to save the changes you've made to links. Click Cancel to discard them.