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prevent import of empty rows from Excel

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I'm using Enterprise Manager to import data from excel into a SQL server table into my database.  The import works but the process tends to import extra empty rows from the excel sheet that I do not want.  So for example: If my Excel spreadsheet has three rows of data that I want to import, it's actually importing rows 1 thru 4000.  What's the easiest way to prevent this.  I would prefer not to have to create a custom SQL statement if I can avoid it.  I much prefer using the wizard to transfer the information.
Any ideas would be appreciated.
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You need to save your wizard session as a dts package.  Save it to local server.  Click Data Transformation Services, Local Package, and right click your package, select design.

You need to change the radio button for Connection: to SQL QUERY, then modify the query with a where clause that will skip the blanks.  See attach screen shot.

For a painless ad hoc method, you need to clean up the range that is being imported.  The ODBC driver looks at usedrange, the rectangle of bottom row, rightmost column found with the same logic that sort and filter commands on the Excel Data Menu use to determine the table dimensions to manipulate, and it also will select a named range, if one exists.  You can get around this by pasting your data to a new sheet or new workbook before importing.  The SQL wizard will stop adding blank rows that appear below the data.
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