Store Excel data in a SQL Server table and link Excel to this DB

Posted on 2012-03-14
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have data in a Excel spreadsheet that I would like to store in a table in SQL Server 2008 (or maybe Sql Express 2005) and then be able to access this data in SQL from Excel on some pc's.
How do I:
1) Create the appropriate table in SQL Server
2) Copy the data from Excel to this SQL Table
3) Be able to access this Sql table data from an Excel spreadsheet (on any pc).

Question by:ndidomenico
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by:Peter Kiprop
ID: 37720686
Hi ndidomenico,

1.You need to create a database in ms sql server.
2. In the excel format to the column headers appropriately i.e the way you need it to appear in the table and save
3. Go to SQL server management studio express and right click on the database already created. TASKS and then select IMPORT DATA after clicking
this one dialog box will appear,click NEXT
5.Choose microsoft Excel as DATA SOURCE,then BROWSE your saved excel file then click NEXT
6.Choose the DESTINATION (Your SQL server)
7.Select the SERVERNAME
9.Select the DATABASE and then click next "COPY DATA FROM ONE OR MORE TABLES OR VIEWS" then click next
11.the Sheets in your excel file will be showed here the sheet which you want to insert and then click next the "EXECUTE IMMEDIATELY" check box and then click next finish takes some time to process and finallY, if there are no mistakes,it executes
successsfuly else it shows the error message

Author Comment

ID: 37720747
Thanks so much Pthepebble. Very detailed, super ! Now, how do I access this SQL table from an Excel spreadsheet ?

Accepted Solution

Peter Kiprop earned 500 total points
ID: 37724077
On your excel sheet go to data menu and select from other sources then click on from sql server.

Enter the servername and select the credentials as expected and click on next.

on the next screen select your database and table as created previously.

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