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How to remove existing connections for sql in excel 2010

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I created a connection to an sql database using option - From other sources, then choosing sql connection.

I no longer want this connection to the server, how do I remove this.

everytime I open up an excel spreadsheet it is there.

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Question by:Amanda Walshaw
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by:KnutsonBM
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I don't personally have xl2010 but this appears to be a good link that is worth looking at.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/break-a-link-to-an-external-reference-HP010342210.aspx
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by:rspahitz
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So did you try to remove the connect like this?

Data tab, Connections group box, Connections

then select the connection and click on the Remove button.


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by:Amanda Walshaw
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My question is, when I go to a new spreadsheet and click on existing connections I am getting reference to live payroll server, I do not wish to select on that or see and I cannot seem to remove it.

thanks
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by:rspahitz
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So tell us how you're trying to remove them.  There seem to be two ways to remove the links.  One is to disconnect (Knutson comment) and one is to remove the connection (my comment above)
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by:Amanda Walshaw
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I cannot remove the connection as the connection does  not exist.
its in existing connections i need to remove.

see file attached
issue.docx
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A couple of Ideas:

Add a connection, save it, then re-open and see if it lets you get access to the links area to remove both, or even in the connections area.

Or, Create a new workbook and export (move/copy) the sheets to that new workbook to see if the new version also retains that ghost connection.
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