# getBoundingBox-methods

##### Querying the coordinates of a worksheet bounding box

This function queries the coordinates of a bounding box in an Excel worksheet. A bounding box is the rectangular region of minimum size containing all the non-empty cells in a sheet.

##### Usage

```
# S4 method for workbook,character
getBoundingBox(object,sheet,startRow,startCol,endRow,endCol,autofitRow,autofitCol)
# S4 method for workbook,numeric
getBoundingBox(object,sheet,startRow,startCol,endRow,endCol,autofitRow,autofitCol)
```

##### Arguments

- object
- sheet
The name or index of the sheet from which to get the bounding box

- startRow
Start reference row for the bounding box. Defaults to

`0`

meaning that the start row is determined automatically.- startCol
Start reference column for the bounding box. Defaults to

`0`

meaning that the start column is determined automatically.- endRow
End reference row for the bounding box. Defaults to

`0`

meaning that the end row is determined automatically.- endCol
End reference column for the bounding box. Defaults to

`0`

meaning that the end column is determined automatically.- autofitRow
`logical`

specifying if leading and trailing empty rows should be skipped. Defaults to`TRUE`

.- autofitCol
`logical`

specifying if leading and trailing empty columns should be skipped. Defaults to`TRUE`

.

##### Details

The result is a `matrix`

containing the following coordinates:
`[1,]`

top left row
`[2,]`

top left column
`[3,]`

bottom right row
`[4,]`

bottom right column

In case more than one `sheet`

is selected, the result `matrix`

will contain a column for each sheet.

The bounding box resolution algorithm works as follows:
If `startRow <= 0`

then the first available row in the sheet is assumed.
If `endRow <= 0`

then the last available row in the sheet is assumed.
If `startCol <= 0`

then the minimum column between `startRow`

and
`endRow`

is assumed. If `endCol <= 0`

then the maximum column between
`startRow`

and `endRow`

is assumed.
The arguments `autofitRow`

and `autofitCol`

(both defaulting to `TRUE`

) can be used to skip leading and trailing empty rows even in case `startRow`

, `endRow`

, `startCol`

and `endCol`

are specified to values `> 0`

. This can be useful if data is expected within certain given boundaries but the exact location is not available.

##### See Also

##### Examples

```
# NOT RUN {
# multiregion xlsx file from demoFiles subfolder of package XLConnect
demoExcelFile <- system.file("demoFiles/multiregion.xlsx", package = "XLConnect")
# Load workbook
wb <- loadWorkbook(demoExcelFile)
# Query bounding box for the second sheet
print(getBoundingBox(wb, sheet="SecondSheet"))
# Query bounding box for the first sheet, selecting the columns from 5 to 8
print(getBoundingBox(wb, sheet="FirstSheet", startCol=5, endCol=8))
# }
```

*Documentation reproduced from package XLConnect, version 0.2-15, License: GPL-3*