Excel Connect To External Data (Access Database )

In this article I will explain how you can connect to an external Access database from Excel.


Step 1:

Click on the From Access button on the Data Ribbon:
From Access


Step 2:

Locate the Access database:
Access Databse


Step 3:

A dialog will open asking you to choose the Table to connect to:
Select Access Table

Note: If you want to connect to more than one table, or to the entire database, you must manually repeat this process for all tables.


Step 4:

From the window that opens you can select how you wan the data to be imported:

  • Table
  • Pivot Table
  • Pivot Chart and Table

You can also select where to import the data:

  • A specific range in an existing sheet
  • A new sheet

Import Data


Result:

In this example I have imported the data as a table:
Result


Updating Values:

If changes have been made to the source database you can update them in the excel workbook by clicking on the Refresh All button on the Data ribbon:
Refresh
Note: The data in the access database must be saved in order for the values to update in the excel workbook

You can download the sample file used in this article from the link below:

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